December 2017

The Best of Everything Jewelry-Related in 2017

National Jeweler is crowning the best book, movie, stone and trends that owned the year.New York--The year is drawing to a close, and before National Jeweler plows full steam ahead into 2018, we’re re... read more..

Holiday Retail Sales See Biggest Increase Since 2011

Strong consumer confidence and more online and late-season shopping helped them grow by 5 percent this year, according to the MasterCard SpendingPulse report.Purchase, N.Y.--Holiday retail sales saw t... read more..

AGA Names William Hanneman as Recipient of 2018 Bonanno Award

His contributions to the gem community include various tools designed to be portable and practical and books that make the field accessible to all.San Diego--The Accredited Gemologists Association has... read more..

Piece of the Week: Carelle’s Knot Ring

Wear it as a reminder to keep those New Year’s resolutions.Is it just us or was 2017 the most whirlwind year in recent memory? Now that we’ve recapped the year in jewelry news, and highlighted some mu... read more..

IDEX Launches Credit Solution for Diamond, Jewelry Retailers

The company now is offering a 30-day credit line of up to $10,000 per transaction.Geneva--At a time when few are offering credit to the industry, the International Diamond Exchange (IDEX) has launched... read more..

Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Linked to Alleged Fraud Scheme

A Dubai bank filed to subpoena the company that operated the now-defunct jewelry line, claiming its diamonds were used in a money laundering scheme, GQ reported.New York--Ivanka Trump’s now-defunct fi... read more..

NYJDI Offers ABCs of Jewelry Design Classes in 2018

Art, business and computer-aided design are the focus of the new course listings.New York--This spring, the New York Jewelry Design Institute is holding five courses that focus on what they call the A... read more..

Las Vegas Antique Show to Remain at Convention Center

It moved to the space in 2017 and will be held there for the foreseeable future.Las Vegas--U.S. Antique Shows has announced that the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show will remain at the Las Veg... read more..

3 Important Stories You Might Have Missed in 2017

These might have not been among the most-read articles of the year, but Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff thinks they are important nonetheless.Every year around this time, we publish a list of the most-... read more..

The 17 Most Popular Stories of 2017

Reading these will be more fun than whatever you have planned for New Year’s Eve.New York--To mark the end of yet another 365-day trip around the sun, National Jeweler has rounded up its most-read sto... read more..

Female Suspect on Crime Spree in NY and VA, JSA Says

Police are looking for the woman involved in a number of attempted robberies last week.New York--Police are looking for a female suspect involved in a number of attempted robberies last week across Ne... read more..

Katharine McPhee to Perform at 24 Karat Club NY Banquet

The annual black-tie event will move to the New York Hilton Midtown in the new year.New York--After more than a century at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the 24 Karat Club of the City of New York’s annual... read more..

Scott Kay Partners With FIT Again for Design Contest

Second-year jewelry design students designed a three-piece men’s jewelry set this fall to honor the brand’s founding designer.New York--Scott Kay and the Fashion Institute of Technology are partnering... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

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

Christie’s, Sotheby’s Rake in $1B Total in Jewelry Sales

Demand for rare and important stones, increased online sales and record-setting jewels helped boost the two auction houses this year. New York--Sotheby’s and Christie’s are both having a very merry ho... read more..

Tacy Diamond Pipeline Finds a New Publisher for 2017

Chaim Even-Zohar’s annual diamond report will be published by Indian consultancy Pharos Beam.Mumbai--Chaim Even-Zohar recently announced his retirement, but his annual report on the diamond pipeline w... read more..

GSI Expands its Synthetic Diamond Testing

The service will now be available for finished jewelry at labs in New York, Hong Kong, India and Dubai.New York--Gemological Science International (GSI) is expanding its synthetic diamond testing serv... read more..

Piece of the Week: Nadine Aysoy’s “Tsarina Fire Flake” Ring

Forget snow. This rhodolite ring is on fire.A snowflake design is naturally winter appropriate, but London-based designer Nadine Aysoy calls this Piece of the Week ring a “Fire Flake” and rightfully s... read more..

Notes on a Plenary

Our editor-in-chief recaps the recent Kimberley Process meeting and looks at where the process goes from here.The biggest decision that came out of the Kimberley Process’s biggest meeting of the year ... read more..

Bulova’s New Watch Brings Awareness to Cervical Cancer

It pays tribute to “Lady Ganga,” a woman who set a world record in an effort to draw attention to the disease.New York--Bulova has created a watch in honor of “Lady Ganga,” a woman who set a world rec... read more..

Jewelry Designer Celebrates ‘Iconic Women’ in New Campaign

Four women of various ages, ethnicities and passions don AnaKatarina jewelry to celebrate those who are defying media norms of the ideal woman.New York--Ana-Katarina Vinkler-Petrovic is all about girl... read more..

6 Important Developments in the Gem Market This Year

Supply chain developments, gemstone trends and movements from the biggest players shaped the colored gemstone sector in 2017.The colored gemstone sector can change so quickly, and a year can bring man... read more..

The RealReal Sued for Allegedly Inflating Stone Weight

One consumer claims she overpaid for a ring on the e-commerce site that ended up being 43 percent smaller than the company indicated online.San Francisco--A lawsuit has been filed against luxury consi... read more..

Pandora Is the Butt of an SNL Joke

Saturday Night Live poked fun at the charm company, alluding that Pandora was the perfect gift for clueless husbands.New York--You know when you’ve made it when you’ve caught the attention of Saturday... read more..

The Jeweler Giving Necklaces to Benefit Thomas Fire Victims

Ventura, California’s Fox Fine Jewelry is giving diamond necklaces to those who lost their homes. Ventura, Calif.--Fox Fine Jewelry’s local community has been ravaged by California’s Thomas Fire that ... read more..

Diamond Week Event in Israel Scheduled for February

The three-day event, slated for Feb. 5 to 7, includes three free nights in a hotel for registered buyers.Ramat Gan, Israel--The Israel Diamond Exchange has scheduled the seventh International Diamond ... read more..

10 Retailers on What’s Working This Holiday Season

Social media is playing a big part, but that doesn’t mean traditional advertising isn’t bringing in customers too.New York--It’s mid-December, which means the holiday shopping season is in full swing.... read more..

Female Consumer Perception of Signet Down, Survey Says

Pandora has moved ahead of the retailer in terms of both sentiment and purchase consideration, according to the YouGov Brand Index.New York--The buzz around Signet’s brands is falling among female sho... read more..

The Jewels on my Christmas Wish List

Take a peek at the designers and trends that resonated with our associate editor in 2017. The independent jewelry designer has never had a stronger voice in the market than it did in 2017, thanks in l... read more..

98-Carat Diamond Found in Russia

Alrosa said the yellow-tinted stone was recovered from the Jubilee pipe. Moscow--Alrosa has recovered another big rough diamond from the Jubilee pipe, the mining company reported Friday. The company’... read more..
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