October 2018

The State of Jewelry Design: Instagram & the Battle Over IP

Social media sharing has made it easier than ever for copycats to target independent fine jewelry brands. Here’s how designers are fighting back.Over Suzanne Kalan’s 30 years at the helm of her eponym... read more..

11 Insights on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Experts involved in mining around the globe discussed challenges and opportunities in the sector at the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference.The mining side of the colored gemstone market is not wit... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Halloween Delights

Ghosts, spiders, skeletons and zombies haunt this spook-tacular special edition of Amanda’s Style File.Pumpkins are carved, costumes are ready, candy baskets are filled—Halloween is here. Though it is... read more..

JBT Offering Free Webinar on Budgeting

The Jewelers Board of Trade is partnering with Accounting for Jewelers for the session, which will take place next week.Warwick, R.I.—The Jewelers Board of Trade and Accounting for Jewelers are offeri... read more..

Gemfields Finds 5,655-Carat Emerald

The mining company has named the gemstone “Inkalamu” in honor of its conservation partners.London—Gemfields recovered a 5,655-carat rough emerald from its Kagem mine in Zambia earlier this month, the ... read more..

Alrosa Joins De Beers’ Blockchain Platform

This means that the world’s two largest diamond producers are now on board with “Tracr,” which aims to track diamonds from mine to market.London—The world’s two largest diamond producers have joined f... read more..

JBT Q3 Update: More Retailers Closed

But more jewelry industry businesses also opened during the third quarter, according to the Jewelers Board of Trade.New York—The trend of more jewelry businesses opening continued in the third quarter... read more..

David Yurman Relocating NYC Flagship

Next year, the jewelry brand will open its doors amid 57th Street’s row of luxury boutiques.New York—David Yurman announced that next year it will open the doors of elaborate new digs in New York City... read more..

Fura Gems Launches All-Female Wash Plant Project

The miner plans to install a new plant at its Coscuez emerald mine, requiring a minimum of 30 women to run it.Toronto—Fura Gems has launched a project it believes is the first of its kind in the minin... read more..

State of the Diamond Industry: New Kids on the Block(chain)

Walmart uses blockchain to track food while Maersk keeps tabs on shipping containers. Here’s what industry leaders want it to do for diamonds.In the diamond industry these days, all bets are on the bu... read more..

JTV Now Selling Lab-Grown Diamonds

Last week, Jewelry Television launched about 50 styles with man-made stones to its millions of viewers.Knoxville, Tenn.—JTV (Jewelry Television) is getting into the lab-grown diamond game.The Knoxvill... read more..

Kering Revenue Jumps 28%, Watches and Jewelry ‘Solid’

The French luxury conglomerate owns Boucheron, Pomellato and Ulysse Nardin, among others.Paris—French luxury conglomerate Kering posted a nearly 30 percent year-over-year jump in comps, boosted by the... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Last week, National Jeweler released its 2018 State of the Majors, highlighting the industry's top sellers.New York—Need to catch up on the top jewelry news headlines from the week of Oct. 22? Here ar... read more..

Adwar Lawsuit Against Star Gems Dismissed

A U.S. district judge in New York dismissed the copyright infringement case for “lack of personal jurisdiction,” but Adwar said it plans to refile in Georgia.New York—A lawsuit filed by Adwar Casting ... read more..

Two Brooklyn Men Arrested in String of Jewelry Thefts

Police say the pair hit multiple stores across the Garden and Empire states.Paramus, N.J.—The Paramus Police Department recently arrested two men they believe committed a string of jewelry store burgl... read more..

Couture Show Team Adds Dana Bronfman Alum

Daniella Lopez is the jewelry trade show’s new marketing manager.New York—The Couture show team has added a new member to its marketing department. Daniella Lopez is the jewelry trade show’s new marke... read more..

Piece of the Week: Marla Aaron’s ‘Satirical' Lock

It might be the fine jewelry lock queen’s most elaborate creation yet.To stand out among a sea of competitors, fine jewelry designers must develop a visual signature that’s instantly recognizable to t... read more..

8 Takeaways from a Panel on Gemstone Cutting

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator shares quotes and insights gleaned from experts during a discussion at the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference.When responsible sourcing conversations arise, quite... read more..

Analysis of the Majors: Losing Middle Ground

By all indications, 2017 was a strong year for the watch and jewelry industry in North America, but not all retailers shared in the wealth.By all indications, 2017 was a strong year for the watch and ... read more..

Neiman Marcus Unwraps Its Christmas ‘Fantasy Gifts’

Among them are a tennis majors tour with U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and an in-home candy bar stocked with a million sweets.New York—Neiman Marcus has unwrapped its 2018 Christmas Book chock-fu... read more..

De Beers Sees Production Slip 5% in Q3

The diamond miner and marketer purposefully cut back production in South Africa and Botswana.London—De Beers’ volume of rough diamonds recovered fell 5 percent year-over-year in the third quarter as i... read more..

JA to Hold Its First National Convention Next Year

It will take place in New York in late July.New York—Jewelers of America announced Wednesday that it will hold its first national convention next year, an education-focused jewelry event that will be ... read more..

Smithsonian Acquires the 49-Carat ‘Whitney Flame Topaz’

The gemstone will be on permanent display in the Harry Winston Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.—The Smithsonian has a special new stone in its Nat... read more..

Tacori Just Launched an Under-$300 Collection

The jewelry brand partnered with media site Who What Wear on a 10-karat gold capsule collection, which retails largely between $95 and $300.Los Angeles—Tacori might be best known for its diamond engag... read more..

Here’s How Consumers Plan to Shop This Holiday Season

According to a survey from NPD, more shoppers intend to patronize brick-and-mortar stores than last year.Port Washington, N.Y.—The NPD Group polled a group of consumers to gauge their holiday 2018 sho... read more..

Richard Hayes Takes Over at Wilkerson

The founder of the liquidation company, Bobby Wilkerson, is stepping down as president but remains chairman of the board.Stuttgart, Arkansas—Bobby Wilkerson is stepping down as president of the compan... read more..

Postcard North Carolina: World Equestrian Games and Watches

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator dishes on equestrian elegance, pop-up shops and the possibility of a Longines smartwatch after traveling with the brand to North Carolina.A few weeks ago, I traveled ... read more..

The Carat+ Jewelry Trade Show Is Postponed for 2019

The Antwerp event couldn’t drum up enough interest from exhibitors and visitors for its third edition slated for February.Antwerp, Belgium—Jewelry trade show Carat+ will postpone its third annual even... read more..

National Jeweler to Add Third Print Issue, New Editor

“The Market Issue” will come out in May ahead of the Las Vegas jewelry trade shows.New York—National Jeweler, a source of up-to-date information for jewelers since 1906, is adding another print issue ... read more..

2018 State of the Majors

Inside the Print Issue: Losing Middle Ground$100 Million SupersellersTop 50 Specialty JewelersNew Kids on the Block(chain)Independent Designers, InstagramAll Together Now?Ending on a Positive NoteRea... read more..
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