February 2019

What the Brands with the Highest Digital ‘IQ’ Do Right

According to Gartner L2, the most digitally savvy watch and jewelry brands are investing in customer-focused features.New York—Gartner L2 has released its “Digital IQ Index” for watches and jewelry, i... read more..

These Up-and-Coming Brands Will Be at JA New York

Meet the eight faces that will comprise the jewelry trade show’s New Designer Gallery.New York—The spring edition of the JA New York show is fast approaching and with it, a new crop of fresh design ta... read more..

Wilensky Gallery to Host Fossil Art Exhibition

Starting in May, the New York gallery will display and sell several rare fossils from a prehistoric lake in Wyoming.New York—This summer, one New York gallery will display and sell several rare fossil... read more..

Plumb Club Adds Three New Members

The supplier organization boosted its membership count ahead of the upcoming JCK Las Vegas jewelry trade show.Englewood, N.J.—The Plumb Club is welcoming a few new faces ahead of the upcoming JCK Las ... read more..

New Ad Campaign Targets Women Who Buy Their Own Jewelry

It’s from the Diamond Producers Association and is called “For Me, From Me.”New York—The Diamond Producers Association, the group formed in large part to maintain consumer interest in buying mined dia... read more..

10 Things I Learned at the AGA’s Tucson Conference

They include updates on the state of the North American natural pearl market, Ethiopian emeralds and tourmaline production.Tucson is not only full of amazing gems but also more knowledge and education... read more..

Wendy Yue Created These Special Jewels for Year of the Pig

The prominent Chinese jewelry designer is offering the one-of-a-kind treasures in celebration of the Chinese New Year.New York—Wendy Yue is one of the most prominent voices in Chinese jewelry design a... read more..

Macy’s To Slash 100 Corporate Jobs

The department store chain will cut jobs as part of its new restructuring plan.Cincinnati—Macy’s topped Wall Street earnings estimates in its fourth quarter despite so-so holiday sales, but cost-cutti... read more..

Sterling, Alex and Ani Lawsuit Settled

The case has been closed after more than a year of litigation and back-and-forth breach of contract claims.Akron, Ohio—The lawsuits between Signet-owned Sterling Jewelers Inc. and Alex and Ani LLC has... read more..

There Is a Story Behind Every Store Closing

In his latest Squirrel Spotting column, Peter Smith chats with Kevin and Kathi Main about why they closed their California jewelry store.In his book “Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way,” Dan... read more..

How Men Brought Jewelry Style to the Oscars

Men are taking more sartorial red carpet risks than ever before, with some of that translating to jewelry.Los Angeles—Actresses weren’t the only ones to shine on the red carpet at the 91st annual Acad... read more..

Farmer’s Jewelry Matriarch Jean Farmer Dies at 92

She ran the longtime Lexington jewelry store alongside her husband for decades, then on her own after his death in 1989.Lexington, Ky.—Longtime retailer Jean Harbett Farmer, who helmed Farmer’s Jewelr... read more..

AWCI Will Offer Watch Battery Class to Atlanta Show Attendees

Certified Master Watchmaker Tom Schomaker will show students how to service watches to boost store revenue and improve customer service.Atlanta—The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute is offeri... read more..

Emily Kaiser Joins Suna Bros. Sales Team

Kaiser will oversee the New York jeweler’s Platinum Born collection.New York—New York-based jeweler Suna Bros. announced that industry veteran Emily Kaiser will be joining its sales team as a senior b... read more..

Gemfields Opens $15M Automated Sort House in Mozambique

The colored stone miner said the state-of-the-art facility will significantly raise production levels.London—Gemfields has opened a $15 million ruby sort house at its Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique... read more..

The Most Glamorous Oscar Jewels

Lady Gaga and Tiffany & Co. rounded out a stellar awards season with their most dramatic jewelry look yet.Statement necklaces and colorful gowns at the 91st Academy Awards held Sunday night topped... read more..

13-Carat Pink Is Gem Diamonds’ First Big Recovery of 2019

The unearthing of the high-quality Type I rough pink diamond follows a record-setting year for the miner.London—Gem Diamonds is starting the year with the recovery of some nice pink ice. The diamond m... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Barneys high-brow headshop in Beverly Hills and Katy Perry’s show-stopping engagement ring were among the talk-of-the-town topics last week.New York—Falling behind on the week’s jewelry news? Here are... read more..

Signet Offers Employees Exit Plan as It Looks to Cut Costs

Layoffs will follow if the cost-cutting target is not met.Akron, Ohio—Signet Jewelers Ltd. is offering a “voluntary transition program” to its more than 3,000 corporate employees in Akron, Ohio, and D... read more..

Samuels Jewelers to Shutter Stores, Creditors Object

Primary lender Wells Fargo submitted a $16 million credit bid for all the Texas-based retailer’s assets, but some vendors want their consigned goods exempt from the deal.Wilmington, Del.—Samuels Jewel... read more..

De Beers’ Sales Rise but Earnings Sink

The company warned that the global diamond jewelry market “faces a number of headwinds” in 2019.London—De Beers’ sales increased in 2018 but profits tumbled due to the money it spent on initiatives li... read more..

Piece of the Week: Nora Kogan’s Extra Sweet Earrings

Missed Valentine’s Day? Make it up with this adorable enamel style.Missed gifting someone, or yourself, on Valentine’s Day?Make it up to them (or you) with these extra sweet earrings from Nora Kogan.T... read more..

Lab-Grown Diamonds Land at Place Vendôme

Courbet is headed by a former Richemont executive and a marketing executive turned jewelry designer.Paris—Place Vendôme is where César Ritz opened his celebrated hotel that housed Coco Chanel and serv... read more..

These Colors Will Be Trending Next Fall

Pantone is predicting these 12 particular shades will be prevalent in design.Newstadt, N.J.—The Pantone Color Institute has released its fall/winter 2019 color report. Done twice annually in conjunct... read more..

This Database of Gemstone Inclusions Is Now Open to All

Bangkok lab Lotus Gemology compiled the photo database, which is free and available to anyone who needs it.Tucson, Ariz.—Bangkok-based laboratory Lotus Gemology just made its inclusion photography arc... read more..

IDEX Names Ya’akov Almor Its New Editor-In-Chief

The communications veteran worked as a writer and editor for the trade publication when it was first established nearly 20 years ago.Ramat Gan, Israel—The International Diamond Exchange (IDEX) has nam... read more..

This 88-Carat Oval Diamond Could Sell for $12M

The flawless D-color stone leads the Sotheby’s Hong Kong jewelry auction on April 2.Hong Kong—This spring, Sotheby’s Hong Kong will put an oval diamond it calls “perfect according to every critical cr... read more..

Katy Perry’s Engagement Ring Takes a Cue from Royal Style

The pop singer opted for a traditional look to mark her engagement to Orlando Bloom, with a mega-watt center stone.New York—No diamond solitaires for pop star Katy Perry.Instead, to mark her engagemen... read more..

Jewelry Will Be Part of Barneys High-Brow Headshop

It opens next month at the Barneys store in Beverly Hills and has the perfect name.Beverly Hills, California—Barneys New York is opening what amounts to a high-end headshop at its Beverly Hills store,... read more..

223-Carater Uncovered in Botswana

The diamond came from Karowe, the mine that produced the second largest rough diamond ever found.Gaborone, Botswana—Karowe, the Botswana diamond mine that produced the second largest rough diamond in ... read more..
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