June 2019

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

A diamond theft at Alrosa, the jewelry featured on The Bachelorette, takeaways from a Las Vegas market week newbie, and more.New York—Fell behind on last week’s jewelry news? Get back in the loop with... read more..

Sam’s Club Adds Bridal to its Jewelry Line

The Walmart-owned warehouse chain expanded the “S Collection” to include engagement rings and eternity bands.Bentonville, Ark.—Warehouse chain Sam’s Club recently announced the addition of engagement ... read more..

GSI Spots Synthetic Sapphire Melee Set in Jewelry

Lab President Debbie Azar called the discovery “atypical.”New York—Gemological Science International recently found man-made sapphire melee set among natural diamonds in a piece of jewelry.In a news r... read more..

Anil Dholakia, Gem Trader and Founding Member of AGTA, Dies

He also played a part in establishing the Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers show in Tucson in 1974.Franklin, N.C.—Anil B. Dholakia, longtime wholesale gem merchant and a founding member of the American G... read more..

Piece of the Week: Jade Trau’s Key Charm

It was on view at the Couture show, where the designer took home a “Best in Bridal” award.Romantic but un-fussy, nostalgic but not at all old-fashioned—Jade Trau knows how to strike exactly the right ... read more..

Muzo Celebrates a Decade with a Line Inspired by a Shipwreck

The Colombian emerald miner’s Heritage Collection ranges from $500 to $95,000 and is being sold direct to consumer.Las Vegas—Muzo is celebrating 10 years of being in business with a series of initiati... read more..

Musings from a Las Vegas Market Week Newcomer

Associate Editor Lenore Fedow shares four takeaways from her first Vegas trip, including her favorite events and why she doesn’t want another tote bag.I’m the new kid in class here at National Jeweler... read more..

Auction Houses Rago and Wright Merge

They will keep their respective names while combining teams and talents.New York—Auction houses Rago and Wright announced a merger Tuesday, combining into one company to widen their reach as competiti... read more..

Day’s Jewelers Honored at Maine Family Business Awards

Chairman Jeff Corey dedicated the award to his parents, Robert and Enid, who ran the store while raising seven children.Portland, Maine—Day’s Jewelers was honored last week at the 20th annual Maine Fa... read more..

New Diamond Foundry Facility To Be Fully Operational by 2020

It is the second production facility for the lab-grown diamond company and is located in Washington state.Washington—Diamond Foundry is one step closer to the grand opening of its second facility afte... read more..

Here’s the Jewelry Bachelorette Hannah B. Is Wearing

Pieces from Brevani, Meredith Marks, Dilamani and Gabriel & Co. are featured on the latest season of the reality show.New York—This season on “The Bachelorette” … Hannah B. will travel the world l... read more..

Glenn Nord, Past President and ‘Captain’ of GIA, Dies

The institute will honor the industry veteran by establishing a scholarship in his name.Carlsbad, Calif.—Glenn Nord, the third president of the Gemological Institute of America, died June 9. He was 90... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: June’s Treasures from the Sea

Amanda Gizzi highlights her favorite June birthstone: pearls.June has three birthstone options: pearls, moonstone and alexandrite. Pearls are the most classic June birthstone and with so many incredib... read more..

Kirk Kara Targets Millennials with Minimal, Low-Cost Bridal

The delicate engagement rings and wedding bands start at $690 retail.Las Vegas—Kirk Kara debuted delicate, lower-priced bridal additions to its offerings at the recent Luxury jewelry trade show in Las... read more..

Alrosa Employee, 2 Others Arrested for Stealing Diamonds

They were arrested last week with their latest haul, a batch of rough diamonds worth more than $300,000, the company said.Moscow—Law enforcement authorities in Russia have arrested an Alrosa employee ... read more..

The PR Adviser: Turning Staff Into Influencers

To start, it requires having someone on staff who has that certain je ne sais quoi, Lilian Raji writes.Hello again, dear readers! So sorry to have missed you in Vegas, but my Instagram didn’t. Thanks ... read more..

AGS Accepting Speaker Proposals for Conclave 2020

The American Gem Society is looking for presenters for next year’s event, slated for April 27 to 29 in Denver.Las Vegas—The American Gem Society is now accepting proposals for presentations at its Con... read more..

This Year, Forevermark’s Focused on Bridal

The diamond brand’s new campaign, “I Take You, Until Forever” was designed to reflect modern love.Las Vegas—Forevermark will put its marketing dollars behind bridal this year, running an ad campaign d... read more..

Little Switzerland Introduces Lab-Grown Diamond Brand

It is called “Engrace” and is available in a variety of colors.St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands—Little Switzerland announced its big push into man-made diamonds last week, launching “Engrace Diamonds,”... read more..

5 Things That Are New from Tacori

They include simple rings, small styles and pops of color.Las Vegas—Color. Stacking. Simplicity.These are three jewelry trends seen all over the trade show floors in Las Vegas and in the Luxury by JCK... read more..

Embracing the Self-Gifting Customer

Here’s why you should embrace the self-gifting customer, and how Platinum Born is your answer to keeping them satisfied.  Brought To You By Platinum Guild International    Until recen... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Last week’s news included Alrosa’s approach to traceability, Couture’s award winners and more coverage from the Las Vegas jewelry trade shows.New York—Fell behind on the news because of the Las Vegas ... read more..

Couture Trendspotting: The Top Looks from the Trade Show

Three stores weigh in on the trends and designers who caught their eyes at the recently concluded jewelry trade show.Las Vegas—Color, courtesy of enamel and bright gemstones, denoted a joyful mood at ... read more..

Zadok Jewelers to Open Expanded Store in Mixed-Use Project

The Zadok-owned building will allow for a retail store double in size and also will feature restaurants and offices.Houston—Zadok Jewelers will open a new, larger showroom in Houston, but the expansio... read more..

Watches of Switzerland Goes Public, The RealReal Plans IPO

Here’s what you need to know about the newest publicly-traded luxury retailers.New York—Publicly-traded watch and jewelry companies are few and far between, a drop in the bucket compared with tech and... read more..

Piece of the Week: Omi’s Three-Stone Dream

It’s a purple sapphire surrounded by Paraíba-type tourmaline, and it took first place in a design contest.Three out of National Jeweler’s four editors visited Omi Privé’s booth at JCK Luxury, and none... read more..

Signet’s Q1 Sales Dip, Retailer Lowers Guidance for the Year

The company narrowed its full-year guidance, as it expects same-store sales to continue declining.Akron, Ohio—Signet Jewelers’ fiscal year got off to a lackluster start as a decline in foot traffic we... read more..

Longtime Retailer Frank Bromberg Jr. Dies at 87

The fifth generation to join the family business, Bromberg was known for being outgoing, compassionate and putting others first.Jacksonville, Fla.—Frank H. Bromberg Jr., a fifth-generation jeweler, di... read more..

Trabert & Hoeffer Closing Auction Totals $1.2 Million

The Chicago jeweler partnered with auction house Leslie Hindman to sell off inventory before closing its doors this month.Chicago—Jeweler Trabert & Hoeffer teamed up with auction house owner Hindm... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: Top Salespeople Need Love Too

Peter Smith makes a case for giving your top salespeople space, but not so much space that they feel entirely alone and unappreciated.One of the great paradoxes with superstar salespeople is like the ... read more..
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