May 2019

GIA Spots Second Natural Diamond with Lab-Grown Layer

The stone is 0.64 carats and graded as a fancy grayish-greenish blue.Carlsbad, Calif.—GIA researchers recently spotted a second natural diamond with a lab-grown layer that added weight and improved th... read more..

Botswana President to Be JCK Keynote Speaker

Mokgweetsi Masisi will discuss how diamonds bring the people of Botswana and the United States together.Las Vegas—JCK Las Vegas just announced the opening keynote speaker for the 2019 edition of the j... read more..

Alrosa, De Beers Note Muted Demand for Diamonds

Diamond sales for both are lagging behind last year due to a few factors.New York—Diamond sales for both De Beers Group and Alrosa are lagging behind last year due to macroeconomic conditions and cont... read more..

Reena Ahluwalia Gives ‘Hope’ to Jewelers for Children

The artist and designer donated her 20-inch original “Hope” painting to be auctioned at the Facets of Hope gala in Las Vegas.New York—Continuing her commitment to Jewelers for Children, artist Reena A... read more..

A Jewelry Store That Opened in 1832 Is Closing

Cornwell Jewelers is located in Athens, a small town in southeast Ohio that’s home to Ohio University.Athens, Ohio—As a kid, Kris Cornwell liked getting jewelry as a gift but didn’t frequent her famil... read more..

3-Carat ‘Bubble Gum Pink’ Diamond Could Sell for $8M

Set in a ring by Moussaieff, the piece will lead Christie’s May 28 jewelry auction in Hong Kong.Hong Kong—A 3.44-carat fancy vivid purplish-pink modified brilliant-cut diamond could garner as much as ... read more..

The PR Adviser: Finding Local Influencers, Part II

Lilian Raji continues with her answer to last month’s question about micro-influencers.Hello readers,As a quick reminder, we’re exploring influencer marketing for the next few columns. Those who tuned... read more..

Richemont Full-Year Profit Doubles as Jewelry Sales Climb

Sales in the jewelry division, which includes Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, climbed 10 percent to nearly $8 billion.Geneva—Luxury titan Richemont reported double-digit sales growth in the US and... read more..

BIG Launches New Buying Tool for Jewelers

MAPS analyzes store data and goals to take the work out of figuring out what they should buy.Napa, Calif.—Buyers Intelligence Group, LLC is launching a tool to help jewelers figure out exactly what th... read more..

Here’s a Sneak Peek of New Jewels from Couture 2019

See what brands like David Yurman, Roberto Coin, and Pomellato will debut at the upcoming jewelry trade show.New York—The countdown is on to Las Vegas jewelry market week. National Jeweler editors ha... read more..

Frederick Goldman Opens Factory for Lab-Grown Division

Located in Mexico, the facility will not grow diamonds but will manufacture jewelry set with lab-grown diamonds.Secaucus, N.J.—Frederick Goldman Inc. is moving further into the man-made diamond space,... read more..

Breitling Opens Concept Store in Switzerland

Located in Zurich’s Jelmoli department store, the bistro bar boutique serves wine, coffee and food in addition to selling watches.Zurich, Switzerland—Breitling has officially launched its new bistro b... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

As the industry gears up for Las Vegas market week, it also mourned one legendary diamantaire.New York—Fell behind on the week’s jewelry news? Here are five stories to get you back in the loop.1. Four... read more..

Were Mother’s Day Jewelry Sales On The Rise?

The NRF predicted jewelry sales would increase. Ten retailers across the country spoke with National Jeweler about how the holiday really went.New York—Mother’s Day spending was expected to reach a 16... read more..

Wendy Brandes Taps ‘Style Crone’ for New Campaign

The 76-year-old model and fashion blogger is the face of the jewelry designer’s latest imagery.New York—Jewelry designer Wendy Brandes is known for her bold, unique pieces, and now she’s taking those ... read more..

RapNet Opens Jewelry Marketplace for Trade to Try

Retail jewelers and dealers can now join and test the platform using a free seven-day trial.Las Vegas—RapNet, the diamond and jewelry trading network owned by Rapaport Group, is opening its new jewelr... read more..

Piece of the Week: David Yurman’s Pride Dog Tag

June is Pride month, and Yurman is celebrating with a special-edition jewel.June is Pride month, when marches are held around the country to promote equality for the LGBT community, and plenty of bran... read more..

Ruby Ring Sells for $7M, Leads Christie’s Jewelry Auction

May might be emerald month, but in Geneva on Wednesday it was all about the ruby.Geneva—May might be emerald month, but in Geneva on Wednesday it was all about the ruby. A Harry Winston ring set with ... read more..

Brides Magazine Is Ditching Print, Going Digital Only

Condé Nast has sold the publication to DotDash, formerly York—In line with the overarching trend in magazine publishing, Brides will stop printing a physical magazine and become a digita... read more..

Plumb Club Members Create Celestial Jewelry Collection

The “Radiant Universe” range is launching with a Big Bang, including a presentation held in a planetarium.Englewood, NJ—The Plumb Club announced the upcoming launch of Radiant Universe, a group of cel... read more..

Rahaminov Unveils New Campaign Ahead of Vegas

The diamond jewelry company’s ads will run in the fall.Los Angeles—Rahaminov Diamonds will show off a new look in Las Vegas.At the upcoming JCK Luxury jewelry trade show, the diamond jewelry brand wil... read more..

Cartier, Van Cleef Accuse Florida Jeweler of Peddling Fakes

The Richemont-owned brands are suing King Jewelers for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of pieces from trademarked collections.Miami—Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels have filed a joint lawsuit... read more..

The RealReal Takes Brick-and-Mortar Uptown

The luxury consignment seller’s third physical location just opened in New York City’s Upper East Side neighborhood.New York—The RealReal has expanded its brick-and-mortar presence with a third locati... read more..

Phillips Sells George Daniels’ Grand Complication for $2.4M

The legendary watchmaker’s most complicated pocket watch was the top lot at Phillips’ “Geneva Watch Auction: Nine” on May 11 and 12.Geneva—In a watch auction market dominated by strong performances fr... read more..

Stargems Group Buys 424-Carat Diamond

The company paid a little less than $15 million for the rough diamond, or about $35,000 per carat.London—Mining company Petra Diamonds announced Tuesday that it has sold the 400-plus-carat diamond it ... read more..

Legendary Diamantaire Leo Schachter Dies at 95

He is remembered for his dignity, modesty and generosity.Lawrence, N.Y.—Leo Schachter, a longtime leader in the diamond industry who was known for his modesty and generosity, died Thursday at his home... read more..

SSEF Figured Out How Old The ‘Ana Maria Pearl’ Is

The Swiss gem lab has, for the first time, radiocarbon age-dated a historic natural pearl.Basel, Switzerland—The Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF said it has, for the first time, radiocarbon age-date... read more..

Marlon Brando’s ‘Godfather’ Rolex Breaks Record at Auction

A buyer made an offer on the Rolex Datejust that Kruse GWS Auctions couldn’t refuse.Los Angeles—Kruse GWS Auctions set a world record this weekend when it sold a Rolex once owned by actor Marlon Brand... read more..

SGL International Opens First US Lab in New York

The London-based gemological lab is offering a mobile lab service, sending grading professionals straight to retailers and manufacturers.New York—SGL International, a London-based gemological lab, has... read more..

New Mexico Jeweler Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

David Castle, of Albuquerque-based Gold and Silver Exchange, faces up to five years in prison.Albuquerque, N.M.—The owner of a New Mexico jewelry shop faces up to five years in prison after pleading g... read more..
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