November 2017

3 Holiday Commercials That Get It Right

Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff looks at how the new “Real is Rare” ads stack up against spots from Apple, the New York Lottery and Kay Jewelers.A few weeks ago, the Diamond Producers Association debut... read more..

AGTA GemFair, Antique Show to Co-Locate in Las Vegas in 2019

The two events will be held together at the convention center, and JCK Las Vegas will launch a gemstone neighborhood when it moves back to the Sands.New York--The American Gem Trade Association and U.... read more..

Ahmed Bin Sulayem to Be Chairman of Dubai Diamond Exchange

He will assume the role on Jan. 31 as Peter Meeus departs.Dubai--The Dubai Diamond Exchange confirmed Wednesday that Ahmed Bin Sulayem will succeed Peter Meeus as its chairman, effective Jan. 31. The ... read more..

GIA Looking for Research Fellows in Carlsbad, New York

The one- to two-year postdoctoral fellowships allow early career scientists to embark on full-time research.Carlsbad, Calif.--The Gemological Institute of America announced it is looking for candidate... read more..

Tiffany Sees Americas Comps Rise 1% in Q3

Total sales in the region also were up 1 percent, bolstered by a strong performance from the fashion jewelry segment. New York--Strong sales in the fashion jewelry and high, fine and solitaire segment... read more..

‘Pink Promise’ Nearly Matches Per-Carat Price Record

The 14.93-carat fancy vivid pink diamond sold for $31.9 million, or $2.13 million a carat, at Christie’s Hong Kong sale. Hong Kong--“The Pink Promise” diamond, a 14.93-carat fancy vivid pink, sold for... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Wedding (Band) Wednesday

Here are 20 ring options for those who prefer something less traditional and more unique. Saying “I do” is one of the happiest times in a couple’s life, and wearing a wedding band gives them an opport... read more..

NRF: 174M Americans Shopped Over Thanksgiving Weekend

This exceeded the National Retail Federation’s expectations, as consumers took advantage of deals and good weather.Washington--More than 174 million Americans shopped in stores and online between Than... read more..

De Beers Looking for Buyer for Voorspoed

It’s an open-pit mine in South Africa known for producing large white and fancy color diamonds.London--De Beers Group announced Monday that it is looking for a buyer for its Voorspoed mine in South Af... read more..

Prince Harry’s American Fiancée Goes for Yellow Gold

Here’s what the engagement ring the prince gave to his actress fiancée says about today’s engagement ring trends. On Monday, Clarence House announced the engagement of His Royal Highness Prince H... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: What Happens Between Hello and Goodbye

Peter Smith says stores have to hire salespeople who can successfully execute in the space between pleasantries.I was talking to my friend Mona recently and she wondered aloud why so many salespeople ... read more..

Birks Reports 10% Drop in Same-Store Sales

The retail chain blamed it on weak retail sales in Canada and renovations to two flagship stores.Montreal--Same-store sales fell 10 percent in the first half of the fiscal year for Canadian retailer B... read more..

Gem Recovers 202-Carat Type IIa Diamond

It’s the seventh piece of rough that’s 100 carats or larger found by the mining company this year.London--Gem Diamonds Ltd. was giving extra thanks last week.On Nov. 23, the London-based mining compan... read more..

102-Year-Old Retailer Names New President

A. Tyler DeScenza, third-generation owner of DeScenza Diamonds, was elected in late October.Boston--DeScenza Diamonds announced that it has appointed A. Tyler DeScenza as president of the company.He i... read more..

How Were Sales at Your Store This Weekend?

National Jeweler polled 10 retailers about traffic and top sellers in the days following Thanksgiving. New York--Following the weekend regarded as the start of the holiday shopping season, National Je... read more..

Jewelry Industry Veteran Albert Solomon Dies at 86

He opened his first store in the 1950s and thereafter dedicated his entire life to jewelry.New York--Albert Solomon, a longtime retailer known for his honesty and dedication to the jewelry industry, d... read more..

10 Insights from Shoppers on Popping the Question

Here are observations on proposal and ring preferences gleaned from a recent retailer survey.Los Angeles--Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the holiday season officially is upon us, which also ... read more..

Bulgari Launches Campaign to Benefit Save the Children

The jeweler will donate $1 to the charity each time someone shares its #SeeMyWish video on Facebook or posts a wish selfie on Instagram.Rome--Bulgari has announced a slew of initiatives for the holida... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

These were the most popular stories on National Jeweler last week, according to Google Analytics. New York--These were the most popular stories on National Jeweler last week, according to Google Analy... read more..

Man Found Guilty of Ordering 2004 Murder of Diamond Dealer

Federal authorities say Hector Rivera paid two men $30,000 to kill diamond dealer Eduard Nektalov.New York--Thirteen years after a Manhattan diamond dealer was shot dead in the middle of a crowded sid... read more..

Rough Diamond Sales Pick Up Ahead of Holiday Season

De Beers’s sales for the ninth sales cycle of 2017 totaled $455 million, down slightly year-over-year.Gaborone, Botswana--Rough diamond sales picked up for De Beers as retail sales increased ahead of ... read more..

Movado Group’s Q3 Sales Up 6%

They increased to $190.7 million, with a challenging U.S. market offset by strong global performances. Paramus, N.J.--Movado Group said net sales were up in the company’s third quarter ended Oct. 31 d... read more..

AGS Announces 2018 Conclave Keynote Speakers

Marie Osmond and NFL long snapper Jon Dorenbos are among those in the lineup.Nashville, Tenn.--The American Gem Society has announced the lineup of keynote speakers for the 2018 edition of Conclave. ... read more..

Norman Rockwell’s ‘Watchmaker’ Painting Sells for $7M

The Watchmakers of Switzerland commissioned the piece in 1948 as part of a marketing push.New York--A painting commissioned to help elevate the image of Swiss watchmakers around the globe sold for $7.... read more..

Signet’s Q3 Same-Store Sales Drop 5%

The retailer said the hurricanes and problems surrounding the outsourcing of its credit portfolio contributed to the decline.   Akron, Ohio--Signet Jewelers Ltd. recorded another quarterly c... read more..

Jade Trau Thinks Fancy Shapes with Forevermark

The Alchemy collection is the first Trau has designed exclusively for the diamond company. New York--Jade Trau has incorporated Forevermark diamonds into her collections since she began designing five... read more..

Stuller Introduces Gem, Diamond Imaging Product

The $499 GemCam Imaging System takes high definition 360-degree photos or videos with a 40x zoom. Lafayette, La.--Stuller now offers a gem and diamond imaging system that will allow its customers to t... read more..

Q&A: 10 Questions with Lisa Bridge

The new president of Ben Bridge Jeweler talks succession planning, concept stores and challenges.Earlier this month, Ben Bridge Jeweler made an announcement. The 93-store chain, one of three owned by ... read more..

Coach’s Corner: My Favorite Soundbites

The “Jewelry Coach” compiles a list of her top maxims for the fourth quarter.Anyone who has attended one of my workshops or has worked with me knows I love soundbites. I believe the best lessons are s... read more..

50 Jewelers/50 States: What I Learned

Associate Editor Ashley Davis breaks down what she’s learned from the jewelers profiled in the popular series. It’s one thing to talk about retail trends in general and another to assess what those tr... read more..
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