December 2018

The Best of Everything Jewelry-Related in 2018

National Jeweler is crowning the jewels, stories and celebrity jewelry moments that topped 2018.New York—Our favorite saying at National Jeweler is “jewelry never sleeps,” and, all jokes aside, there ... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Mastercard gives an estimate on holiday retail sales, De Beers adds another major player to its blockchain and more.New York—Did you spend last week in an eggnog-induced haze? If so, catch up on the h... read more..

Jewelry Sales Were Up 3.7% Over Holidays, Mastercard Says

According to Mastercard’s SpendingPulse report, overall holiday retail sales rose 5 percent.Purchase, N.Y.—According to Mastercard’s annual SpendingPulse report, holiday 2018 retail sales were up 5 pe... read more..

Another Heavyweight Joins De Beers’ Blockchain

Chinese retailer and manufacturer Chow Tai Fook is taking part in the Tracr pilot.London—Another jewelry industry heavyweight has become part of the pilot program for Tracr, the blockchain for diamond... read more..

6 Stories from 2018 I Hope You Didn’t Miss

Some of them are from National Jeweler, and some of them are not.Earlier this month, I wrote a story detailing the 18 most-read stories on NationalJeweler.com in 2018.As I noted, the list was a repres... read more..

Jessica Biales Has a Fun New Signet Collaboration

The designer’s popular signet style has gotten a makeover courtesy of Rowing Blazers.New York—Preps rejoice; you can now match your pinky ring to your blazer.New York City-based jewelry designer Jessi... read more..

5 Developments That Shaped the Colored Stone Sector in 2018

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator reviews the top technology, activities and trends in colored gemstones this year.The colored gemstone market is inextricably linked to supply chain developments; so m... read more..

De Beers Tenth Cycle Sales Rebound

The diamond miner reported provisional sales of $540 million, a 19 percent increase over last year.Gaborone, Botswana—De Beers’ final round of sightholder and auction sales for the year saw a rebound ... read more..

This Is the Watch of Choice of the World’s Top Footballer

Sports icon Lionel Messi sported a special timepiece to pick up his record fifth European Golden Shoe award last week.Barcelona, Spain —To pick up his record fifth European Golden Shoe award last week... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Retailers gave the scoop on their holiday seasons and our fashion editor chose her favorite collection of the year.New York—Here are five of the top jewelry news headlines from the week of Dec. 17. 1.... read more..

An Editor’s Favorite Collection of 2018

Impeccable design elevated humble materials to fine jewelry status in one collection that stood above the rest this year.I see a lot of jewelry. Various people in the industry have expressed to me ho... read more..

Baselworld, SIHH to Synchronize Dates in 2020

The Swiss watch trade shows will run back-to-back through at least 2024.Basel/Geneva, Switzerland—The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) and Baselworld, two major events in the watch in... read more..

Gemfields’ Kagem Cleared by Zambian Tax Authority

Four months after it served search warrants during an unannounced visit to the emerald mine, the revenue authority has closed its investigation.London—The Zambia Revenue Authority has cleared Gemfield... read more..

Gem Diamonds Uncovers Fifteenth Diamond Weighing 100+ Carats

The 125-carat white diamond comes just a day after the recovery of 101-carat and 71-carat roughs in Lesotho.London—The year may be coming to a close, but Gem Diamonds’ recoveries sure aren’t slowing d... read more..

Piece of the Week: Buddha Mama’s Love Necklace

No matter the holiday, we could all use a little love as 2018 draws to a close.No matter what holiday you celebrate (or don’t) this time of year, it’s undeniable that we could all use a little love go... read more..

10 Retailers on How They’re Faring So Far This Season

Jewelers across the country talk about how and what they’re selling and what they expect for the big weekend to come.New York—Each year during the holiday season, National Jeweler checks in with jewel... read more..

David Yurman is Updating its Iconic Cable Bracelet

A limited-edition series of bracelets pays tribute to five different places.New York—The cable bracelet is undoubtedly David Yurman’s most iconic and well-loved design, and the brand is adding new lim... read more..

Ohio FedEx Employee Accused of Pawning Jewelry Shipments

Terry Hagood allegedly never delivered $36,000 of jewelry parcels.Cincinnati—An Ohio FedEx employee is accused of pawning nearly $36,000 of jewelry parcels instead of delivering them, according to pol... read more..

Help This Woman-Run Mine in Kenya Get a Compressor

Gem Legacy is raising $9,500 to install the equipment at the Precious Women Mine in Mkuki. Though there are more and more women working in gemstone mining, it’s still a small number and it still piqu... read more..

JSA: Smash-and-Grab Robbers Targeting Michigan Jewelers

Seven robberies or attempts have been made in the last five weeks, while attempts have also been made in Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania. New York—Smash-and-grab robbers are hitting jeweler... read more..

Take a Peek at the Largest Diamond Found in North America

The 552.74-carat yellow was discovered at the Diavik mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories.New York—Dominion Diamond Mines has announced the recovery of the largest gem-quality diamond on record in N... read more..

London Jewelers is Offering a Watch Trade-In Program

The retailer is partnering with pre-owned luxury timepiece seller Crown & Caliber to give store credit or cash for customers’ watches.New York—London Jewelers has announced a partnership with pre-... read more..

Coscuez Could Produce 6 Million Carats of Emeralds

The mine’s mineral resource estimate also shows a predicted mine life of 30 years. Toronto—Fura Gems has announced the mineral resource estimates for its Coscuez emerald mine in Colombia. According ... read more..

The 18 Most Popular Stories of 2018

Lab-grown diamonds, engagement ring trends and a financial scandal that rocked the industry were among the most-clicked-upon by our readers.Lab-grown diamonds, engagement ring trends and a $1.8 billio... read more..

Longtime Austin Retailer to Change Ownership

In January, jewelers Larry and Kat Stokes will take over Russell Korman Fine Jewelry.Austin, Texas—Austin, Texas jewelry store Russell Korman Fine Jewelry is about to embark on a new chapter.After 45 ... read more..

DEF’s First Millennial-Targeted Video Gets 11M Impressions

That so many viewers watched it within the first month shows its Diamonds Do Good message “is resonating with consumers,” the Diamond Empowerment Fund said. New York–In the first month it was live, t... read more..

In Memoriam: The People We Lost in 2018

National Jeweler honors those individuals the jewelry industry said goodbye to this year.New York—In 2018, we lost quite a few members of the jewelry family, from well-known and pioneering retailers t... read more..

Christie’s, Vogue Italia Promote Sustainable Jewelry Design

At this year’s renamed “The Protagonist” event, more than a dozen contemporary designers sold jewels made with responsibly sourced materials.New York—Originally founded by now-defunct magazine Vogue G... read more..

Lab Group Updates Padparadscha Requirements, Treatment Vocab

The Laboratory Manual Harmonisation Committee clarified on a disqualifying trait for padparadscha sapphires and how lab reports should address new corundum treatments. Lucerne, Switzerland—The Labora... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

A James Allen store, a Klimt-connected ring, a Mellon’s collection and more.New York—Here are five of the top jewelry news headlines from the week of Dec. 10. 1. Inside James Allen: 3 Observations Abo... read more..
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