June 2018

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

De Beers breaks ground on a diamond factory, plus we ask the question: Who’s really in charge at your jewelry store?New York--Here are five jewelry news stories from the week of June 25 that should no... read more..

A. Jaffe Set to be Sold, Again

The diamond jewelry company owned by Nirav Modi will go back on the block this month.New York--A. Jaffe, one of the U.S. companies ultimately owned by the Indian diamantaire wanted in connection with ... read more..

For Future Reference Opens a Store

The fine jewelry sales and public relations firm is getting into retail, with a storefront in Hudson, New York.Hudson, N.Y.--Fine jewelry sales and public relations firm For Future Reference is now in... read more..

GIA’s Fall Symposium Will Close with ‘Futurescape Forum’

A panel of six industry leaders will share their predictions about the future of the jewelry trade.Carlsbad, Calif.--With today’s rapidly changing world, the future of the trade is anyone’s guess, tho... read more..

Alrosa’s World Cup Play Continues

The individual who gives a 76.53-carat rough diamond the best soccer-related name will win a ticket to the World Cup final.Moscow--With the 2018 World Cup taking place in its home country through mid-... read more..

Piece of the Week: Cindy Chao’s Autumn Leaves Brooch

It’s one of Cindy Chao The Art Jewel’s 2018 “Black Label Masterpieces.”London—Art fair Masterpiece London is officially underway, offering an array of the world’s finest art, design, furniture and jew... read more..

De Beers Breaks Ground on Diamond Growing Facility

It’s located outside Portland, Oregon, and is expected to be operational by 2020.Gresham, Ore.--De Beers has broken ground on the factory where it will grow diamonds for Lightbox, its new company that... read more..

Video: The Machine ‘Reimagining’ Diamond Polishing

It’s called the Fenix and is said to polish diamonds 10 to 20 times faster than can be done by hand.Antwerp--Diamond companies in Antwerp are testing a machine that will automate a process done largel... read more..

Miami Set to Get Largest Mall in the US

Officials approved plans in May for American Dream Miami, a 7.2 million-square-foot retail and entertainment center.Miami--There will be a new mall crowned the country’s biggest in five years, and it ... read more..

EL Designs Introduces New Collection

Formerly known as Ed Levin, the company’s “Sparkle” range features channel-set diamonds in gold and silver.Cambridge, N.Y.--Earlier this year, Ed Levin announced it was freshening up with a rebrand, a... read more..

Temple St. Clair to Pay Government $796K+ in Customs Case

A former inventory manager for the jewelry brand blew the whistle on the company, claiming it was not paying what it should in import duties.New York--Jewelry brand Temple St. Clair has agreed to pay ... read more..

Alrosa Is Selling Diamonds to Mark the World Cup

Russia is playing host to the international soccer tournament, which continues through the middle of July.Moscow--Are you a big soccer or, excuse us, football fan who also likes diamonds?Then Russian ... read more..

Becker’s Diamonds Fetes 40 Years

The Connecticut retailer has long given back to its community and is doing more of the same for its anniversary.West Hartford, Conn.—This year, Becker’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry celebrated 40 years... read more..

CPAA Pearl Design Competition Now Accepting Entries

The Cultured Pearl Association of America announced that winning designs will be shown to the public during a retail store tour.New York—The Cultured Pearl Association of America’s annual Internationa... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: Who’s Driving the Bus in Your Business?

If it’s the jewelry store’s salespeople and not the owner, then you have a problem, Peter Smith writes.Jim Collins’ book, “Good To Great,” made good use of the bus metaphor in describing how to build ... read more..

Duo Wanted in Series of Distraction Thefts

They are suspects in five jewelry thefts in California and two in Las Vegas.Las Vegas--The Jewelers Security Alliance has issued an alert about a distraction duo wanted in seven jewelry thefts on the ... read more..

Atelier Munsteiner Makes a Rare Visit to the US

Design team and creators Jutta and Tom Munsteiner will be at New York City’s Aaron Faber Gallery through June 28.New York--Atelier Munsteiner is well known for its innovative gem carving and jewelry d... read more..

Designers Sell Jewels to Celebrate Pride Month

Alexis Bittar and Fortune & Frame have created styles that embrace Pride festivities, which show support for the LGBT community.New York--Two jewelry brands are creating festive jewels in honor of... read more..

Fura Gems Makes 3 More Appointments

The company hired three former Gemfields executives for technical services, security and geology.Toronto, Ontario--Fura Gems is still adding to its team. The colored stone miner announced the appoint... read more..

327-Carat Diamond Sells for Nearly $31K a Carat

It was one of the lots offered in diamond mining company Lucara’s “Exceptional Stone Tender.”Vancouver, British Columbia--A 327.48-carat diamond recovered from a mine in Botswana has sold for $10.1 mi... read more..

Alex Woo’s New ‘Incredibles 2’ Jewelry Collection

It’s the latest film-inspired range from the designer’s partnership with Pixar and Disney.New York--Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” is booming at the box office, and now fans of the animated film can accessor... read more..

This Chicago Diamond Dealer Has 2 Big Lab-Grown Stones

In May, we wrote about a 3.99-carat diamond said to be the biggest lab-grown pink in the world. Not so fast, said one diamond dealer.In May, I had the chance to travel to Omaha, Nebraska, for Berkshir... read more..

Exhibition of Contemporary Jewelry Designers Opens in KY

The American Jewelry Design Council is displaying the work of 36 members at the Headley-Whitney Museum of Art in Lexington.Lexington, Ky.--A new museum exhibition highlights the works of 36 contempora... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

A story on a jewelry trend spotted at Couture was among the most-read stories on National Jeweler last week.New York--These were the five most popular stories on National Jeweler last week, according ... read more..

Jewels Belonging to Marie Antoinette Going Up on the Block

Not seen publicly for 200 years, they’re part of Sotheby’s “Royal Jewels from the Bourbon-Parma Family” sale happening in Geneva this fall. Geneva--This fall, Sotheby’s Geneva will be auctioning off ... read more..

SCOTUS: States Can Make Online Sellers Collect Sales Tax

The Supreme Court voted to overturn Quill, which makes way for states to begin collecting sales tax from online merchants.Washington--The U.S. Supreme Court has made way for states to begin collecting... read more..

Beyoncé’s Messika Jewelry Moment at the Louvre

A newly released music video from the superstar sees her sporting the Parisian company’s high jewelry at the world’s most iconic art museum. Paris--Tiffany & Co. had Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast ... read more..

Chanel Executive Tapped to Chair Gem Awards Committee

Olivier Stip replaces Norman Miller, who headed the committee for the jewelry awards from 2014-2018. New York--Chanel executive Olivier Stip is the new chair of the Gem Awards committee. He succeeds ... read more..

Piece of the Week: Judy Geib’s 'Polkadot' Chandeliers

Geib takes on the current jewelry trend with her signature whimsy and irreverence. Statement chandelier earrings are making a comeback, and the current jewelry trend is whimsical and irreverent in th... read more..

Pair Wanted in Smash-and-Grab Robbery Rampage

The JSA said the men are wanted in a half-dozen smash-and-grabs as well as three incidences of grab-and-run jewelry theft. Charlotte, N.C.--The Jewelers Security Alliance issued a warning Wednesday a... read more..
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