March 2019

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

On-the-ground coverage from Baselworld and a development in a fatal Las Vegas jewelry store robbery were among the top headlines last week.New York—Falling behind on the week’s jewelry news? Here are ... read more..

Half of Retailers Saw Silver Sales Grow Last Year, Survey Says

It marks the 10th consecutive year of growth for the metal, according to a retailer survey conducted on behalf of the Silver Promotion Service.New York—Silver jewelry sales in the United States saw an... read more..

Police Nab Jewelry Store Robbery, Home Invasion Suspects

Five suspects have been arrested for allegedly following a jewelry store manager to his home before robbing the store where he worked. Atlanta—Police have arrested five suspects in connection with a ... read more..

Movado Sales Climb Double Digits in Q4

The watch company’s quarterly sales in the U.S. increased by 56 percent.Paramus, N.J.—Movado Group reported double-digit growth in net sales in both its fourth quarter and full year, boosted by a stro... read more..

Piece of the Week: Alison Lou’s Springtime Hoops

The designer’s playful enamel styles are perfect for ushering in warmer days.Last year, Alison Lou created the earrings of the summer. Following the success of her Lucite capsule collection, we would... read more..

Arrest Made in Fatal Las Vegas Jewelry Store Robbery

The armed robbery occurred back in December at John Fish Jewelers in Las Vegas.Las Vegas—The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrested a man believed to be involved in the armed robbery of a j... read more..

Spinelli Kilcollin Embraces its Dark Side with Black Gold

The brand debuted a new custom alloy at Bergdorf Goodman this month.New York—Spinelli Kilcollin has become synonymous with an easy, everyday elegance courtesy of its mixed metal interconnected ring st... read more..

Oris Wants to Help Rid the Ocean of Plastic Waste

It introduced the Clean Ocean Limited Edition, which has a medallion of recycled PET plastic set into the caseback.Basel, Switzerland—When visiting brands at Baselworld, retailers and press almost alw... read more..

Unique Designs Inks License Agreement with Lois Hill

The fine jewelry manufacturer and wholesaler will ramp up the brand’s distribution in stores in North America and online. New York—Fine jewelry manufacturer and wholesaler Unique Designs has signed a... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Neutral and Beautiful

Bright shades aren’t the only option for spring and summer; neutral hues found in jewelry can be effortless, soft and unsuspecting.Neutral. Muted. These words likely don’t conjure up a feeling of beau... read more..

After House Fire, Designer Raises Funds for Fire Dept.

Jewelry designer Theresa Kaz wants to give back to the volunteer fire department that risked everything for her home and family.Paramus, N.J.—Jewelry designer Theresa Kaz had the unthinkable happen: o... read more..

Coming Off a 22% Slide, Baselworld Outlines Turnaround Plan

The three-year plan starts in 2020, with a 10 to 30 percent price cut for exhibitors and an area dedicated to smartwatches and other wearables.Basel, Switzerland—The statistics from Baselworld 2019 sh... read more..

AGS Names 2019 Circle of Distinction Honorees

Reeds Jewelers CEO Alan Zimmer will take home the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual American Gem Society event this July.Las Vegas—The American Gem Society announced the three industry veterans... read more..

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Bracelet Heading to Auction

Christie’s is offering the jewel, created by Cartier to commemorate Disney’s first animated feature film, at its Magnificent Jewels auction in New York next month.New York—Christie’s New York’s Magnif... read more..

From Basel: Bulova Honors Founder, Reboots the Computron

The Computron is a digital watch first introduced in the 1970s that’s been updated with dual time zone function.Basel, Switzerland—With the reintroduction of the Computron, Bulova catapulted itself in... read more..

Neiman Marcus Creditors Extend Payment Deadline

The luxury retailer is sitting on nearly $5 billion worth of debt.Dallas—Neiman Marcus Group Inc.’s creditors are throwing the retailer a life line, giving the company a few more years to pay off its ... read more..

VDB Adds Lab-Grown Diamonds to its Platform

Eleven lab-grown diamond suppliers are taking part in sourcing and trading app Virtual Diamond Boutique, with more than 4,800 stones currently available. New York—Virtual Diamond Boutique, a sourcing... read more..

Live from Basel: What’s New from Rolex

There’s a 42 mm YachtMaster and new dials for the Day-Date 36, including pink opal and turquoise.Basel, Switzerland—Rolex introduced a larger YachtMaster, a slew of new dials for the Day/Date 36 and a... read more..

Coronet Breaks Record for Most Diamonds Set on A Watch

Marking the brand’s ninth Guinness World Record, the “Mudan” watch is on display at Baselworld now.Basel, Switzerland—Coronet was awarded the Guinness World Record for the most diamonds set on a watch... read more..

What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Ethical’ Sourcing?

One group wants to define key supply chain terms, and they are looking to the industry for input on how to do it.The conversation around “responsible sourcing,” “ethical supply chains” and whatever ot... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Last week’s headlines included a 13-carat pink diamond sold at tender, price cuts at Baselworld and Nirav Modi’s arrest in London.New York—Need to catch up on last week’s jewelry news? Here are five s... read more..

Tiffany Q4 Sales Dragged Down by Weak Holiday Season

Global sales dipped 1 percent in the fourth quarter, a disappointing ending to an otherwise strong year.New York—Tiffany & Co.’s worldwide sales dipped by 1 percent in the fourth quarter, weighed ... read more..

Nirav Modi Nabbed, Held on Bail in London

The billionaire fugitive was reportedly arrested in a bank while trying to open an account.London—Nirav Modi has been arrested in London and is being held on bail, numerous news outlets reported earli... read more..

Construction of a 21-Acre ‘Jewelry Park’ in Mumbai Is Underway

The industrial park will feature manufacturing and training facilities as well as residential housing for workers in the gem and jewelry industry.Mumbai—The foundation stone has been laid for a 21-acr... read more..

Ninth IAC Gold Conference Returns to NYC Next Month

“Gold: Legacy, Leadership, Luminescence” is slated for April 4 and 5 at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan.New York—Initiatives in Art and Culture’s ninth annual conference around the topic of go... read more..

Piece of the Week: Graff’s Baselworld Watch

The diamond brand is debuting this timepiece, featuring more than 25 carats of fancy vivid yellow diamonds, at the watch and jewelry trade show happening now.All eyes turn to Switzerland as Baselworld... read more..

The Con Artist Who Claimed Ties to the ‘King of Diamonds’

A young man stands accused of seducing women by posing as the son of billionaire diamantaire Lev Leviev.New York—Simon Leviev, the son of billionaire Lev Leviev, known as the “King of Diamonds,” appea... read more..

Baselworld Planning More Price Cuts in 2020

It’s one of a number of changes new management has made to resuscitate the watch and jewelry trade show.Basel—Baselworld lowered prices for some exhibitors this year and plans to retool its entire pri... read more..

The American Society of Appraisers Names Johnnie White CEO

White is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching operations and event management to graduate students.Reston, Va.—The American Society of Appraisers has named Johnnie White as its... read more..

Swatch Group Confirms That It Won’t Return to Baselworld

A company spokesperson also backed CEO Nick Hayek’s recent statement regarding watch parts for LVMH and Richemont.Biel/Bienne, Switzerland—Swatch Group will not be returning to Baselworld any time soo... read more..
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