January 2019

JSA Reports Jewelry Robbery Spikes in California, Colorado

A string of crimes over the past two weeks have rocked jewelry stores in both states.New York—The Jewelers’ Security Alliance has reported a rash of jewelry robberies in two separate states.In an aler... read more..

LVMH’s Watch, Jewelry Sales Were Up 12% Last Year

Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo watch and Fiorever jewelry collection were among the segment’s top sellers.Paris—LVMH, a titan in the world of luxury goods, reported strong full-year results with watch and j... read more..

DEF to Honor Alrosa, Luxury Jewelers Resource Group in Vegas

They will receive the 2019 Diamonds Do Good Award on May 30 at the Venetian Hotel.New York—The Diamond Empowerment Fund has announced the recipients of its 2019 Diamonds Do Good Awards, which will be ... read more..

Gemfields Agrees to Pay $7.6M to Settle Mozambique Lawsuit

The no-admission-of-liability settlement includes the establishment of a system for grievances at Montepuez and creation of community projects.London—Gemfields has agreed, on a no-admission-of-liabili... read more..

Marla Aaron’s Vending Machine Moves to Manhattan

After stints at a Brooklyn museum and hotel, the creative selling concept has made a move to its first traditional retail set-up.New York—Marla Aaron’s fine jewelry-dispensing vending machine may have... read more..

Robbins Brothers Seeks Couple to Find Perfect Proposal Spot

The retailer will send one couple to six cities to scout out the most romantic locations to pop the question.New York—Robbins Brothers is on the lookout for a couple to travel across the US in search ... read more..

Centurion Changing Dates, Location in 2020

It’s going to a Phoenix hotel that was the site of another jewelry trade show in 2003 and 2004.Scottsdale, Ariz.—Centurion will be in different place at a slightly different time next year. The jewelr... read more..

AGA Tucson Conf. Highlights Ethiopian Emeralds, Traceability

The Accredited Gemologist Association’s annual event in the desert is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6.New York—There is much gemstone education to be had during the Tucson shows, and the Accredited Ge... read more..

The Smart Lab: 4 Ways to Craft Memorable In-Store Experiences

They include providing personalized service and having somewhere customers can sit and charge their smartphones, Emmanuel Raheb writes.Most jewelers understand the importance of customers being able t... read more..

Lucara’s Latest Big Diamond Find is a 240-Carat Rough

The diamond miner recovered the “top white” gem at its Karowe mine in Botswana.Vancouver—Lucara has announced the recovery of a 240-carat rough diamond from its Karowe diamond mine in Botswana. The “... read more..

De Beers’ 2018 Production Up, Sales Slide

The company mined 35.3 million carats of diamonds, coming in at the low end of its forecasted range of 35-36 million carats.London—De Beers’ production rose 6 percent year-over-year in 2018, though sa... read more..

The JIS March Show Is Changing Its Dates

It’s back to its previous April date pattern.Norwalk, Conn.—Now that the Miami Beach Convention Center renovation is completed, Jewelers International Showcase continues to move its jewelry trade show... read more..

Stuller Debuts Its Latest Tools Catalog

The manufacturer’s new catalog is color-coded for streamlined shopping.Layette, Louisiana—New year, new catalog. Stuller Inc. released its newest tools catalog, putting organization at the forefront.I... read more..

These Were the Most Exciting SAG Awards Jewels

The metaphorical awards show middle child managed a few sparkling jewelry moments.The Screen Actors Guild Awards fall victim to that unfortunate middle child syndrome—sandwiched between the Golden Glo... read more..

In Latest Acquisition, Quality Gold Buys De-ani

The California-based manufacturer is known for its gold and sterling silver pendants.Fairfield, Ohio—Quality Gold has acquired De-ani, a California-based manufacturer best known for its gold and sterl... read more..

5 Sessions to Check Out at AGTA GemFair Tucson

They cover market trends, legal issues and more.New York—The cases upon cases of loose gemstones and jewelry are what bring buyers to the AGTA’s GemFair in Tucson, but there’s much more going on than ... read more..

Matthew Tratner Joins GIA’s Business Development Team

He replaces Craig Danforth, who left GIA to join Jewelers Mutual.New York—Matthew Tratner is GIA’s new global director of business development, the organization announced Monday.Tratner joins GIA from... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Tucson predictions, De Beers makes a major change, industry shrinkage explained and more.New York—Need to catch up on jewelry news from last week? Here are five stories to get you started.1. 7 Expecta... read more..

The Industry Shrank by 4% Last Year, JBT Data Shows

A healthy number of new jewelry businesses opened in North America in 2018, but not enough to offset the number of companies that closed.Warwick, R.I.—A healthy number of new jewelry businesses opened... read more..

Regina Ciarleglio Hired as JA’s Director of Membership

The 25-year industry veteran replaces Matthew Tratner, who is leaving the organization.New York—Regina Ciarleglio will serve as Jewelers of America’s new director of membership, the trade association ... read more..

Royal Chain Releases First Bridal Catalog

Aptly named “After the Ring,” the themed book focuses on add-on sale items to help retailers retain their customers longer.New York—Royal Chain, a jewelry manufacturer known primarily for creating gol... read more..

Piece of the Week: Campbellian Collection’s Garnet Earrings

National Jeweler celebrates the pinks that are predicted to be hot in Tucson with this pair of garnet and ruby earrings.Excitement is really ramping up ahead of the Tucson gem shows. Being out in the ... read more..

Italian Jewelry Designer Pippo Perez Dies at 72

Perez founded his namesake line in 2006.Vicenza, Italy—During the January 2019 edition of the Vicenzaoro jewelry trade show, one brand suffered the loss of its namesake creator.Pippo Perez died Jan. 1... read more..

Blue Nile Is Looking for a New CEO

Jason Goldberger left to “pursue his next challenge,” the Seattle-based e-tailer said.Seattle—Blue Nile CEO Jason Goldberger has stepped down after less than two years on the job.Goldberger, the forme... read more..

De Beers Says 2018 Forevermark Sales Were Up 8%

More than half of Forevermark-carrying jewelers said customers came in asking for the De Beers-owned diamond brand by name.New York—Jewelers sold 8 percent more Forevermark jewelry by value in 2018 th... read more..

Nonprofit Gem Legacy to Host Launch Party in Tucson

Held the morning of Feb. 8 at Starr Pass, it’s free and open to all industry members.New York—Gem Legacy, a nonprofit dedicated to giving back to gemstone mining communities, will celebrate its launch... read more..

David’s Bridal Exits Bankruptcy, Revamps Offerings

The bridal store chain plans to offer dress options at lower price points and in a wider range of styles and sizes.Conshohocken, Pa.—David’s Bridal has risen from the ashes like a bedazzled phoenix, e... read more..

De Beers Has Changed This Rule Regarding Rough Diamonds

The company is implementing a policy shift that will allow sightholders to refer to its rough stones as “DTC diamonds.”In the first week of the new year, Diamonds.net published a story on an issue tha... read more..

Marketing Minute: Find Your Niche

Being brave enough to focus on a specific one could lead to an easy and profitable business, Jim Ackerman writes.Over two decades ago, Wink Jones closed his retail store and became an appointment-only... read more..

Nanis Italian Jewels Makes a Case for Convertibles

At Vicenzaoro, the Italian fine jewelry brand showed its continued dedication to creating versatile pieces that women can wear many ways.Vicenza, Italy—Nanis Italian Jewels isn’t satisfied with creati... read more..
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