April 2018

Distributor Fined $1.6M for Selling Lead-Laden Jewelry

Los Angeles-based Luxy Accessory Inc. sold jewelry with “excessive levels of lead and cadmium,” California authorities say.Los Angeles—A California jewelry distributor has been ordered to pay $1.6 mil... read more..

Store Closures Continue, But Openings Pick Up

For the first time in a long time, JBT data shows an uptick in the number of new jewelry businesses in the U.S.New York—For the first time in a long time, the Jewelers Board of Trade’s quarterly data ... read more..

Bario Neal Launches Children’s Jewelry Line

In time for Mother’s Day, the Philadelphia-based brand is debuting a “Mommy and Me” collection.Philadelphia—In time for Mother’s Day, Bario Neal is debuting a “Mommy and Me” collection.The Philadelphi... read more..

Uneek Hires Two Regional Vice Presidents of Sales

George R. Curth is responsible for Florida and Georgia while Chris Matty will oversee the eastern U.S.Los Angeles—Diamond jewelry company Uneek has added more to its sales team. The company has named... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

Tips for handling unclaimed jewelry and a feature on the earrings of the summer were among our most-read stories last week.New York—These were the five most popular stories on National Jeweler last we... read more..

Nashville Is Great, and 4 Other Lessons from Conclave

Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff shares her takeaways from AGS Conclave 2018.I was in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this week covering American Gem Society’s Conclave. It was my third—I attended Seattle... read more..

Consumers Could Spend $4.6B on Jewelry This Mother’s Day

According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey, 34 percent of consumers will buy jewelry for the moms in their lives this year.Washington—Consumers are planning to spend as much as $4.6 b... read more..

Botswana Mine Yields Another Big Diamond

This one is 327 carats and comes two weeks after the same diamond mine produced a 472-carat diamond.Vancouver—For the second time this month, a company that mines diamonds in Botswana has recovered a ... read more..

Piece of the Week: Kim Mee Hye’s Teardrop Earring

This refined style from the innovative designer feels fresh for the season.Kim Mee Hye occupies a unique space in jewelry design, straddling the worlds of edge and innovation, but also refinement and ... read more..

What Should Retailers Do with Unclaimed Jewelry?

Experts weigh in on best practices to follow when a customer doesn’t come back for their piece.New York--A customer drops off a piece of jewelry for repair and, months later, she or he still hasn’t co... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Spring Has Sprung

The latest crop of floral themed jewelry is subdued yet refreshing.Spring has sprung, bringing with it an abundance of floral patterns. The season is a popular time for floral-themed jewelry as well.... read more..

Doug Hucker Wins Shipley Award

The AGTA CEO called taking home the AGS’s highest honor one of the proudest moments of his life.Nashville, Tenn.--Mark Moeller described Douglas K. Hucker as “a natural storyteller and captivating pub... read more..

Charming Charlie Exits Chapter 11

The chain of costume jewelry stores has a new management team and smaller footprint.Wilmington, Del.—Charming Charlie, the Houston-based chain of costume jewelry stores, is no longer bankrupt. The co... read more..

WJA Now Offering Free First-Year Memberships for Students

Gemological Science International is sponsoring the endeavor, which is valid in 2018.New York—The Women’s Jewelry Association has announced that it now will offer free first-year memberships to studen... read more..

Live from Conclave: Understanding Cybersecurity Risks

Do your employees understand when an email should raise alarm bells? And are you patching your software when prompted?Nashville, Tenn.—The hacks that make headlines are the ones that involve big compa... read more..

AGS Hands Out Honors at Titleholders Event

The Seattle guild, David Sexton and Jennifer Shaheen were among the winners at the annual luncheon, held Tuesday in Nashville.Nashville, Tenn.—Seattle, Sexton and Shaheen were among the winners at the... read more..

Anna Sheffield Tells Serpent Story with New Collection

The designer known for her ethereal and edgy bridal styles has rolled out a new everyday wear collection with widespread appeal for spring.New York—Anna Sheffield might be best known for ethereal and ... read more..

De Beers, Alrosa Report Q1 Production Results

De Beers said rough diamond production was up 15 percent in the first quarter while Alrosa noted a 17 percent decrease.New York—De Beers and Alrosa both recently released production numbers for the fi... read more..

92Y Names Ineke Heerkens 2018 Jewelry Artist Resident

The Amsterdam-based jeweler, who works in metal, textile and ceramics, will begin her residency in New York City on Aug. 22.New York—The Jewelry Center at the 92nd Street Y has chosen its second annua... read more..

These Earrings Are Going to be the Hit of the Summer

“Loucite by Alison Lou” comprises a 12-piece collection of Lucite jewelry at consumer-friendly prices.New York—Alison Lou designer Alison Chemla creates jewelry that tugs at one’s heartstrings through... read more..

Bon-Ton to Close All of its Stores

The department store chain filed for bankruptcy in February and now is liquidating all locations.York, Pennsylvania—Another retailer has joined the growing list of retail chains to shut down. The Bon... read more..

5 Things to Know About … Rainbow Lattice Sunstone

Learn more about the feldspar with magnetite inclusions in perfect parallel lines.There’s something so striking about geometry and perfect patterns found in nature. For one small area in northern Aust... read more..

Stuller to Offer GIA Melee Analysis Service

GIA staff will screen melee independently on-site at Stuller’s Lafayette, Louisiana, headquarters.Lafayette, La.—Stuller and the Gemological Institute of America are partnering up.The supplier now wil... read more..

Distraction Theft Crew Strikes Again

The group believed to have committed at least 11 jewelry store thefts since June 2017 hit a store in Sacramento, California, on April 13.Sacramento, Calif.—A group of suspects performing distraction t... read more..

Piaget’s Accessible and Colorful New Women’s Watches

This spring, the jeweler is introducing watch and jewelry additions to the Possession collection that offer entry-level price points for customers.New York—Piaget has introduced a colorful array of wo... read more..

Simon G. Jewelry is ‘Committed’ This Year

The jewelry brand has launched a year-long marketing initiative that includes an influencer campaign and social component.Glendale, Calif.—Simon G. Jewelry is showing its customers its commitment to c... read more..

DEF Announces New Board Members

Abhay Javeri of SDC Designs and Sandeep Kothari of KGK Group will lend their talents to the board.New York—The Diamond Empowerment Fund has announced the addition of two members to its board of direct... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

The big jewels dominating the spring auction season also ruled our website last week.New York--These were the five most popular stories on National Jeweler last week, according to Google Analytics.1. ... read more..

Feel-Good Friday: Robbins Brothers Donates for Earth Day

The retailer will donate 100 trees for every purchase from its E3 lab-grown diamond collection to the National Forest Foundation.Los Angeles—Robbins Brothers is using the sales of its lab-grown diamon... read more..

Rosy Blue Takes Minority Stake in Leo Schachter

The transaction between two of the largest players in the diamond industry is expected to close soon.New York—Rosy Blue NV has taken a minority stake in diamond manufacturer Leo Schachter, the company... read more..
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