September 2018

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

A lab-grown line from a major player debuts, plus a talk on jewelry trends and a Q&A with a well-known West Coast jeweler.New York— Here are five jewelry new stories from the week of Sept. 24 that... read more..

The 19-Carat ‘Pink Legacy’ Diamond Could Sell for $50M

The largest and finest fancy vivid pink diamond ever offered by Christie’s will lead its Nov. 13 jewelry auction.Geneva—Another big pink diamond is heading to a jewelry auction this fall. The 18.96-c... read more..

Richard Mille, Audemars Pulling Out of SIHH

The watch brands won’t return to the fair after 2019.Geneva—Two important independent watch brands won’t be returning to the SIHH fair in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2020.Richard Mille and Audemars Piguet... read more..

Amazon Opens Store Focused on Best-Reviewed Products

“Amazon 4-star” joins grocery and book stores in the retailer’s growing fleet of brick-and-mortar locations. New York—Amazon is testing out another new brick-and-mortar concept—a store stocked with on... read more..

Piece of the Week: Bia Tambelli’s Trinity Cuff

The graphic piece was spotted at the Vicenzaoro September show.For a jewelry editor in today’s plentiful design arena, there’s nothing quite like the allure of up-and-coming talent, which is why this ... read more..

11 Questions with Steve Padis on the Forevermark Store

The San Francisco Bay-area jeweler dishes on diamond commoditization, his customers and his hopes for this franchise store.San Francisco—Forevermark is slated to open a standalone store in the United ... read more..

4 Vicenzaoro Trend Takeaways

A panel of industry experts at the jewelry trade show weighed in on what role trends should play in a retailer’s buy.Vicenza, Italy—At the September edition of Vicenzaoro, a panel of experts weighed i... read more..

Andrew Bone to Step Down as RJC Executive Director

He will officially leave the role, which he has occupied since the spring of 2015, in March 2019.London—The Responsible Jewellery Council announced that Andrew Bone will step down as its executive dir... read more..

WatchTime NY Returns to Gotham Hall in October

More than 30 watch brands will be at the fourth edition of the event, slated for Oct. 26 and 27.New York—Thirty watch brands will present their latest creations to the U.S. market next month when the ... read more..

De Beers’ Lab-Grown Diamond Jewelry Line to Launch Thursday

Lightbox is initially being sold online direct to consumers.London—Lightbox, the line of jewelry set with lab-grown diamonds from De Beers, will be available starting Thursday. A marketing email dispa... read more..

Roberto Coin Unleashes Bling for the Holidays

At the Vicenzaoro jewelry trade show, the Italian brand showed high-wattage updates to its core collections.Vicenza, Italy—Roberto Coin has taken its fan-favorite collections and upped the glamour in ... read more..

Michael Kors Buys Versace in $2B Deal

The company will change its name to Capri Holdings Ltd. after acquiring the Italian fashion house.London—Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. has reached an agreement to acquire Versace in a deal valued at $2.1... read more..

Royal Chain Releasing an Earring-Only Catalog

The success of earring styles has prompted the manufacturer to focus on the category ahead of the holidays.New York—Earrings are trending with consumers and Royal Chain has taken notice.In fact, earri... read more..

Diamonds, Art Deco Top Auction of Gold Medalist’s Collection

Hungarian swimmer Katherine Domyan’s estate included a Van Cleef & Arpels ruby and diamond bracelet that sold for $504,000 at a jewelry auction in New York.New York—Diamonds and Art Deco shone bri... read more..

John Hardy Re-Enlists Model and Activist for New Campaign

Adwoa Aboah stars in the second installment of the “Made For Legends” jewelry marketing campaign.New York—Last year, John Hardy launched the “Made for Legends” campaign, a celebration of inspiring wom... read more..

Counting Down the 10 Busiest Days This Holiday Season

No. 1 is expected to be Black Friday, while the weekend before Christmas will take on extra significance this year.New York—With Dec. 25 falling on a Tuesday this year, the final Saturday and Sunday b... read more..

Pam Mortensen Re-Elected Chair of JFC Board

The J.C. Penney executive was among current officers re-elected and the 10 new directors added at the charity’s semi-annual meeting.New York—The Jewelers for Children board elected 10 new directors at... read more..

Four Suspects Arrested in $150K Diamond Shipping Scheme

They allegedly used the information of a Tennessee jeweler to place fraudulent orders with a diamond firm, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.Knox County, Tenn.—Four suspects have been arre... read more..

Messika and Gigi Hadid Partner Again on a Collection

The second collaboration between the French jeweler and American supermodel will hit stores at the end of the month.New York—French jewelry brand Messika has once again partnered with American supermo... read more..

Maine Designer Wins 2018 Halstead Grant

Emily Shaffer Studio won the cash and jewelry supply prize for emerging designers who work primarily in silver.Prescott, Ariz.—The 2018 Halstead Grant, created to support emerging silver jewelry desig... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Shouldn’t Miss

Catch up on the Emmy’s red carpet jewelry, which major retailer will close all locations and the 5-carat blue diamond hitting auction this fall.New York—Here are five jewelry new stories from the week... read more..

Phillips Pulls Steven McQueen Submariner from Sale

Questions about provenance and the objection of the late actor’s family forced Phillips to withdraw the timepiece from its upcoming watch auction.New York—The Rolex Submariner that allegedly once belo... read more..

Jean-Claude Biver Stepping Back at LVMH

The well-respected executive is relinquishing his operational role but will remain on board as non-executive president of the watch division.Zurich—Media reports surfaced Thursday indicating that Jean... read more..

DEF Partners with Mandela Institute for Scholarship

It will be the first in a series of Diamond Empowerment Fund scholarships.New York—The Diamond Empowerment Fund h¬as partnered with the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) to establish t... read more..

Piece of the Week: Lorraine Schwartz’s Emmy Bracelet

With bracelets often getting overshadowed by bold earrings, this one worn at the Emmy’s deserves a second look.On the red carpet, bracelets and rings are too often overshadowed by statement earrings o... read more..

Here’s What Tiffany’s New Engagement Ring Looks Like

The jeweler’s CEO teased an “innovative diamond ring concept” last month, and now it’s here.New York—Tiffany & Co.’s CEO teased an “innovative diamond ring concept” during the company’s second qua... read more..

Broken English, Fernando Jorge Among Gem Award Nominees

National Jeweler’s own Brecken Branstrator also received a nod for her work covering the colored gemstone industry.New York—Jewelers of America has announced the nominees for the 2019 Gem Awards, the ... read more..

Day’s Jewelers Is One of Maine’s Best Places to Work Again

This marks the fourth year that the Maine-based jeweler has been recognized with the award.  Waterville, Maine—Day’s Jewelers has done it again. The retailer has been named one of the Best Places... read more..

5-Carat ‘Ai’ Blue Diamond to Sell for $12-15M

The rare stone is the highlight of Sotheby’s Oct. 3 jewelry auction in Hong Kong.Hong Kong—A 5-carat fancy vivid blue diamond ring will be the highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming jewelry auction in Hong K... read more..

De Beers Sales Flatline, Alrosa’s Climb

The strongest demand is at the top end of the market, with De Beers allowing sightholders to hold off on buying lower-value rough for now.New York—The strongest demand for diamonds is coming from the ... read more..
National Jeweler

Fine Jewelry Industry News

Since 1906, National Jeweler has been the must-read news source for smart jewelry professionals--jewelry retailers, designers, buyers, manufacturers, and suppliers. From market analysis to emerging jewelry trends, we cover the important industry topics vital to the everyday success of jewelry professionals worldwide. National Jeweler delivers the most urgent jewelry news necessary for running your day-to-day jewelry business here, and via our daily e-newsletter, website and other specialty publications, such as "The State of the Majors." National Jeweler is published by Jewelers of America, the leading nonprofit jewelry association in the United States.