February 2018

6 Takeaways from the Bangkok Gem and Jewelry Show

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator shares insights and observations from a recent trip.Last week, I attended the edition of the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair for the second time. The event, which ... read more..

A. Jaffe, Firestar Diamond File Bankruptcy

They are the U.S. companies connected to Nirav Modi, the diamantaire accused of defrauding an Indian bank out of billions.New York--The U.S. companies connected to Indian diamantaire Nirav Modi filed ... read more..

Here is JA’s Education and Events Lineup for JA New York

A cocktail party to benefit JFC and an expansive education line-up are planned for the March show.New York--The JA New York Spring trade show is fast approaching, and Jewelers of America has announced... read more..

WJA Announces Scholarship, Grant Opportunities

Gabriel & Co. is giving a $5,000 scholarship while Carelle continues with the grant created in honor of Brooke Tivol McGrath.New York--Gabriel & Co. is partnering with the Women’s Jewelry Asso... read more..

Christopher Designs Appoints Two to Top Executive Spots

The New York City-based jewelry manufacturer has named a new chief marketing officer and a vice president of sales.New York--New York City-based jewelry manufacturer Christopher Designs has appointed ... read more..

The PR Adviser: How Do I Draw Attention to My Artistry?

Lilian Raji suggests jewelry designers take a cue from Daniel Day Lewis’ character in “Phantom Thread.” Masaa’ al-khair, my dear readers!The latest question for the PR Adviser is as follows.Q: We are ... read more..

See Stephen Webster’s Neiman Marcus Capsule

It features new jewelry and luxurious home goods. New York--Stephen Webster is in the midst of a pop-up effort with Neiman Marcus that puts not only the designer’s jewelry talent but also his affinity... read more..

Lucara Elevates 2 Women to Leadership Positions

Eira Thomas is the diamond miner’s new CEO while co-founder Catherine McLeod Seltzer joins the board of directors.Vancouver--Lucara, the company that recovered a 1,109-carat diamond in Botswana, annou... read more..

Gem-Water Adds Creative Director, New Crystals

In only a year since its launch, the company is carried in more than 150 retail stores worldwide.Los Angeles--A year since its launch, Gem-Water has made an impact in the jewelry industry and beyond.F... read more..

String of Smash-and-Grab Robberies Moving East

The suspects have hit stores in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Missouri. New York--The string of smash-and-grab jewelry store robberies that started in the Midwest has be... read more..

JCK Show Adds Dedicated Section for Man-Made Diamonds

A first for the show, it’s called “Lab-Grown” and there are 13 companies signed up to exhibit so far. Wilton, Conn.--JCK Las Vegas will have a dedicated section for man-made diamonds this year, a fir... read more..

JIS Miami and Centurion South Beach to Co-Locate

The trade shows will take place in October at the Miami Beach Convention Center.Miami--The Jewelers International Showcase (JIS) Miami October Show and Centurion South Beach Show will co-locate in 201... read more..

Jewelers Mutual Rolls Out Care Plan Program

JM Care Plan covers damage from normal wear and tear on both watches and jewelry. New York--Jewelers Mutual Group is introducing a care plan that retailers throughout the United States can offer to t... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

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

Shinola President Jacques Panis Steps Down

Vice President of Watch Development Shannon Washburn will take over the role in March.Detroit--Shinola President Jacques Panis is stepping down, the watch brand announced Thursday.Panis has been the p... read more..

Nirav Modi Case Is ‘Another Nail in the Coffin’

A banker talks about what the billion-dollar bank fraud allegations against Indian diamantaire Nirav Modi mean for the industry as a whole.You’ve likely the seen the name Nirav Modi a lot in recent ye... read more..

Carlos Gandia, Founder of Greenwich Jewelers, Dies at 76

He started as a bench jeweler at the age of 17 and was “never happier than when he was creating a piece of jewelry.” New York--Carlos Gandia, who owned and operated Greenwich Jewelers alongside his wi... read more..

Bulgari’s New Book Explores the Stories Behind the Jewels

“Bulgari, Treasures of Rome,” by Vincent Meylan, recounts iconic patrons and pieces of the jewelry house. New York--Author Vincent Meylan has recounted the stories behind the jewels of institutions su... read more..

Piece of the Week: Eriness’ ‘Resist’ Necklace

This simple style carries a strong message.Fine jewelry brand Eriness struck a chord when it released its “Resist” necklace in the spring of 2017.The 14-karat yellow gold and diamond style has been sp... read more..

Global Diamond Jewelry Demand Up in 2017, Led by US

Early indications are that the increase in consumer marketing aided the U.S., China and India. London--Early indications are that diamond jewelry demand rose globally in 2017, aided by the consumer ma... read more..

Morris Adwar, Founder of ALA Casting, Dies at 96

He started his jewelry company after serving as a tail gunner in the Pacific Theater in World War II. New York--Morris Adwar, a World War II tail gunner who went on to start ALA Casting after the war,... read more..

JFC to Honor Jeffrey Cohen, Bill Luth at Facets of Hope

The Citizen and Signet executives will assist Jewelers for Children in raising funds for children in need. Las Vegas--Jewelers for Children has announced Jeffrey Cohen of Citizen Watch America and Bil... read more..

Adam Graham Now Director of Sales at Joshua J

The industry veteran will handle the western regions of the United States and Canada. Los Angeles--Joshua J Fine Jewelry has announced the appointment of Adam Graham to director of sales for the west... read more..

US Consumers Spent Less on Their Weddings Last Year

They also spent a little bit less on their engagement rings, the latest study from The Knot shows. New York--Consumers’ priorities when it comes to weddings sound a lot like their preferences when it... read more..

Former Jewelry Store Manager Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

He directed his staff to accept counterfeit credit cards for jewelry purchases at his Florida store, leading to almost $400,000 in losses in 2010 and 2011. Fort Pierce, Florida--A former Florida jewe... read more..

Elvis Presley’s Omega up for Auction at Phillips

RCA Records gave the King an 18-karat white gold and diamond watch in 1961 to celebrate selling 75 million records. Geneva--The King’s Omega watch that marked 75 million records sold is going up for a... read more..

WJA Revamps Its Awards for Excellence

The Women’s Jewelry Association is simplifying the evening by giving out a total of only four awards. New York--The Women’s Jewelry Association announced Tuesday that it is revamping the format of it... read more..

5 Things to Know About … Conch Pearls

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator explores the characteristics of these rare, often pink pearls. Everyone knows about oyster pearls; their luster and beauty make for classic and timeless jewelry. &nbs... read more..

Todd Reed Holding First Giveaway

The jewelry brand is asking couples to submit a video showing how they are forging their own way for the chance to win a set of wedding bands.Boulder, Colo.--Todd Reed has launched its first giveaway,... read more..

Susan Abeles Leaves Bonhams for Phillips

She will be responsible for developing a strategy for its jewelry business in the Americas.New York--Phillips auction house has hired Susan Abeles, who spent the last eight years at Bonhams, to head a... read more..
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