May 2018

6 Things the GIA is Doing in Las Vegas

The Gemological Institute of America has a robust line-up of education and lab services happening at JCK Las Vegas. Las Vegas--The Gemological Institute of America has a robust line-up of education an... read more..

Lashbrook Opens Online School for its Retailers

The company also is adding dinosaur bone rings to the Mosaic collection and will debut them at the JCK Las Vegas jewelry trade show. Draper, Utah--This June, men’s wedding band maker Lashbrook is lau... read more..

Growing a Diamond Using CVD: Video

Watch a diamond go from seed to polished in two minutes and 14 seconds.Last week, I had the chance to catch up with Amish Shah, president of lab-grown diamond company Altr, about a video Altr is relea... read more..

JFC to Auction Diamond Painting at Facets of Hope

Artist Reena Ahluwalia donated the painting, which took 500 hours to complete, to the annual jewelry charity event. Las Vegas--If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a Reena Ahluwalia diamond painting, now ... read more..

Moda Operandi Hosting 30 Online Jewelry Trunk Shows This Week

The e-tailer is expanding last year’s “jewelry week,” which coincides with the Couture show.New York—Moda Operandi was founded on the concept of letting consumers place clothing orders as soon as fash... read more..

Signet Becomes a Link in De Beers’ Blockchain

The jeweler is the first retailer on the end of the Tracr trial run, though it will not be the only.Akron, Ohio--Signet Jewelers Ltd. has become the first jewelry retailer on the end of De Beers’ tria... read more..

Antique and Estate Jewelry Firm Founder Dies at 76

Camilla Dietz Bergeron started her eponymous company with business partner Gus Davis in 1989.New York--Camilla Dietz Bergeron, who started an antique and estate jewelry company after working on Wall S... read more..

BIG Partners to Offer Sales Performance Reporting

Buyer Intelligence Group and Optimum Retail Solutions’ Performance Optimization Program can be previewed at the Las Vegas jewelry trade shows.Napa, Calif.--Buyers Intelligence Group (BIG) has partnere... read more..

12 New-to-Couture Designers Not to Miss

There will be many new faces worth a visit at this year’s edition of the jewelry trade show.The best part about visiting the Couture show are the surprises. Every retailer and buyer has their tried-a... read more..

De Beers to Begin Selling Lab-Grown Diamond Jewelry

It is monumental, though not entirely shocking, jewelry industry news.London--De Beers is entering the jewelry end of the lab-grown diamond industry with the launch of Lightbox Jewelry, a company that... read more..

What Is the Future of Jewelry Trade Shows?

From inviting consumers in to applying artificial intelligence, the heads of the largest jewelry trade shows talk about the changing landscape.Las Vegas--It’s a pivotal moment for jewelry trade shows,... read more..

There Will Be 2 Greenland Rubies Up for Grabs in Vegas

Mining company Greenland Ruby is holding a contest at JCK Las Vegas in which attendees guess the weight of rubies frozen in ice. Las Vegas--Greenland Ruby is giving away two gems to Las Vegas attendee... read more..

Phillips Adds to New York Jewelry Team

Eva Violante joins the division that helms the Americas as senior specialist and vice president.New York—Phillips is beefing up its jewelry business.After tapping Susan Abeles, formerly of Bonhams, to... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

In the week leading up to Las Vegas market week, packaging trends and a preview of new designs at Couture were among the most-read stories.New York--These were the five most popular stories on Nationa... read more..

Baselworld’s Managing Director Steps Down

Sylvie Ritter is out after 15 years heading the watch and jewelry trade show.Basel, Switzerland--Sylvie Ritter has resigned as the managing director of Baselworld as the European watch and jewelry tra... read more..

What Is Going on with Bidz.com?

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator takes a look at the jewelry auction website’s growing number of negative consumer reviews. A few weeks ago, a consumer reached out to me via email. She was having som... read more..

2 More Big Diamonds Uncovered in Lesotho

Gem Diamonds found a 115-carat white diamond, while Lucapa discovered a 25-carat yellow. New York--Adding to the recent spate of diamond mining news around big finds, Gem Diamonds Limited and Lucapa D... read more..

Plumb Club Breakfast to Feature ‘The Retail Prophet’

Author and thinker Doug Stephens will share strategies for succeeding with consumers in the “post-digital world” during the JCK Las Vegas show.Las Vegas—This year, JCK Las Vegas’ annual Plumb Club bre... read more..

Piece of the Week: Tomasz Donocik’s Emerald Ring

An emerald engagement style is the perfect way to close out the month of May.Tomasz Donocik landed in a newly-renovated Saks jewelry department this week, bringing his mix of innovative and impactful ... read more..

Tiffany Sees Q1 Comps Rise 9% in the Americas

Jewelry market trends were positive in the first quarter for the retailer, with worldwide same-store sales increasing 7 percent. New York--Tiffany & Co. reported better-than-expected first quarter... read more..

Tomasz Donocik Lands at Saks Fifth Avenue

The jewelry designer’s launch at the department store coincides with the unveiling of its renovated “Jewelry on 2” floor.New York--This week, Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled the renovated “Jewelry on 2” fl... read more..

Fallout from Nirav Modi Scandal Hits Gemfields

The colored gemstone miner, which sold only half the lots at its latest auction, said emerald customers in India are struggling to get financing.London--Only about half the carats on offer sold at Gem... read more..

JA Now Accepting Nominations for 2019 Gem Awards

Submissions for the jewelry awards are being accepted in four categories: Jewelry Design, Marketing & Communications, Media Excellence and Retail Excellence.New York--Jewelers of America announced... read more..

The A. Jaffe Sale Is Off, For Now

In other news involving the companies connected to Nirav Modi, CEO Mihir Bhansali has resigned and Fantasy Diamond is looking to sever ties with Firestar.New York--The sale of A. Jaffe, one of the thr... read more..

5 Packaging Trends Jewelers Are Turning to Now

With increased competition from online players, more retailers and brands are relying on customized boxes and bags to set them apart. Here’s how they’re doing it.New York--Jewelry packaging has gradua... read more..

Flagship Saks Fifth Avenue Debuts Renovated Jewelry Floor

“Jewelry on 2” includes private viewing rooms, repair and cleaning services, and a team of style advisers for personalized attention.New York--Saks Fifth Avenue debuted the renovated jewelry departmen... read more..

Santo by Zani’s Inspired New Range of Jewelry

Jewelry designer Zani Gugelmann is putting a modern spin on a Victorian design concept.New York--Santo by Zani jewelry designer Zani Gugelmann is putting a modern spin on a Victorian design concept. O... read more..

JC Penney CEO Marvin Ellison Leaves for Lowe’s

The retailer will operate under a CEO-by-committee model until it finds his replacement. Plano, Texas--J.C. Penney Co. Inc. Chairman and CEO Marvin Ellison is leaving to run Lowe’s, the retailer annou... read more..

Royal Wedding Jewelry: I Wish There Had Been More Color

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator takes a look at the jewelry the Duchess of Sussex chose for her wedding day.Saturday morning began with a very special wake-up call for me (and I’m sure for many of y... read more..

8 Things to Know About JCK Las Vegas 2018

The jewelry trade show will include discussions on blockchain and lab-grown diamonds plus two presentations from a big industry CEO and magic in the mountains.Las Vegas--It always seems a bit unbeliev... read more..
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