June 2019

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

A dip in diamond sales at De Beers, lessons on diving back into a business after motherhood and more.New York—Fell behind on last week’s jewelry news? Get back in the loop with these five stories.1. D... read more..

Amazon Partnering With Brick-and-Mortar Stores for ‘Counter’

Counter is an in-store package pick-up service that Amazon just brought to the U.S.Seattle—Amazon recently announced the launch of Counter in the United States, a service that allows customers to pick... read more..

Gem Nonprofit Taps Industry Leaders for Committee

Gem Legacy, the recently created nonprofit aimed at advocating for East African mining communities, has created a leadership council.Royal Oak, Mich.—Gem Legacy, the recently created non-profit aimed ... read more..

June in Review: The Top 5 Stories of the Month

Stories from Las Vegas were popular, naturally, but not enough to knock “The Bachelorette” out of the top spot.New York—Hard to believe since it feels like we just got back from Vegas, but the month o... read more..

Piece of the Week: Marla Aaron’s American Lock

Aaron’s latest one-of-a-kind lock tells the story of the American Dream.Anyone who knows Marla Aaron knows she is an exceptionally thoughtful designer, so it comes as little surprise that her lock tha... read more..

How Kismet by Milka Brought an Experience to Couture

The brand also celebrated 10 years of one of their most popular collections and introduced plenty of newness.Las Vegas—At Couture this year, Istanbul, Turkey-based brand Kismet by Milka decided to amp... read more..

Tara Jewels Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The New York-based wholesaler and its parent company owe creditors between $10 million and $50 million.New York—Wholesaler Tara Jewels LLC and its parent company, Tara Jewels Holdings, have filed for ... read more..

Judi Powers Takes Over As President of CJDG

She succeeds Julie Bergstein Romanenko, who just completed her three-year term as head of the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group.New York—The Contemporary Jewelry Design Group announced via Facebook th... read more..

Reflective Jewelry Awarded For Eco-Friendly Practices

The New Mexico retailer strives to be as environmentally responsible as possible in every aspect of the business, limiting waste and avoiding harsh chemicals.Santa Fe, N.M.—Reflective Jewelry, a custo... read more..

To Catch a Thief, There’s DNA Spray

The Intruder Spray System is used in banks and convenience stores in Europe, and now has been installed in a high-end watch boutique on New York’s 57th Street.New York—The company behind the fine, har... read more..

Diamond Sales Down 33% in De Beers’ Latest Cycle

The diamond miner and marketer sold $390 million in rough to sightholders and via auction, compared with $581 million in the same period last year.Gaborone, Botswana—De Beers sold $390 million in roug... read more..

GIA Retailer Lookup Hits 10,000 Locations

The platform connects shoppers with stores that carry GIA-graded diamonds or employ GIA-educated staff.Carlsbad, Calif.—GIA’s Retailer Lookup platform has hit 10,000 gem and jewelry retail locations w... read more..

Gem Diamonds Sells Botswana Mine

The miner is selling the Ghaghoo mine, along with its entire Botswana operation, to a company based in the country.London—Gem Diamonds has announced the sale of the Ghaghoo diamond mine in Botswana. ... read more..

Designer’s Diary: Re-Inventing a Business After Motherhood

Vittoria d’Aste-Surcouf had two sons 16 months apart. Here’s what motherhood taught her that has helped her run her jewelry design business more efficiently.(Editor’s note: San Francisco-based designe... read more..

Judge Denies Signet’s Motion in Securities Fraud Lawsuit

Signet Jewelers sought to have one of the two claims brought against it by shareholders in a 2016 suit dismissed.New York—Earlier this month, a New York federal judge denied Signet Jewelers Ltd.’s req... read more..

J.J. Marco’s Mark Cohen Dies at 63

He co-founded the fine jewelry brand with wife Julianne Jaffe in 1990.New York—Mark Cohen, designer and co-founder of fine jewelry brand J.J. Marco, died May 27. He was 63. Cohen and wife Julianne Ja... read more..

GIA Offers Jewelry Forensics Seminar At Carlsbad HQ

The two and a half-day session will teach students to determine how jewelry is made using forensic methodology.Carlsbad, Calif.—GIA will host its first seminar on jewelry forensics this August at its ... read more..

John Carter, Paula Crevoshay Among 2019 Spectrum Judges

The retailer and designer join three others in examining entries for the AGTA’s annual design and lapidary competition.Dallas—The American Gem Trade Association has announced the judges for its 2019 A... read more..

The Extraordinary Italian Fine Jewelry At Premier: A Surprise During Las Vegas Market Week

Las Vegas Market Week resulted in a great showcase for Made in Italy goldsmithing creativity and know-how. Brought To You By The Italian Trade Agency   In collaboration with Italian Exhibi... read more..

4 Safety Tips For Jewelers This Hurricane Season

Jewelers Mutual shares tips on what retailers should put in their emergency kits, how they can protect their showcases, and more.New York— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency noted last week that... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Alexandrite and Moonstone

Pearls aren’t the only June birthstone.Pearls may be the birthstone that most people associate with the month of June. They tend to dominate the birthstone conversation this month. However, there are ... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

A Mughal haul at Christie’s, and one of our columnists asks the question, is it really worth it to put so much effort into driving foot traffic?New York—Missed our newsletters because you were on summ... read more..

Global Luxury Goods Market Settles into ‘New Normal’

Bain & Co. said spending on global luxury goods grew 4-6 percent last year and it forecasts the same for 2019.Milan—The global personal luxury goods market has reached a “new normal” pattern of gr... read more..

Jewelry Industry Summit Pivots to Membership Organization

The sustainability and responsible sourcing organization will now offer a variety of annual membership options.New York—The Jewelry Industry Summit, the not-for-profit that organizes annual conference... read more..

Piece of the Week: Material Good’s Fancy Tennis Bracelet

From the discreet boutique’s in-house line comes an ultra-modern take on a tried-and-true classic.If it ain’t broke, definitely mix it up with more fancy-shape diamonds. Or at least that’s Material Go... read more..

I Was Invited to Dinner, But There Was No Food

Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff recaps a jewelry event where a designer’s process was presented as a four-course meal.On Monday night, I was invited to an event I approached with a bit of trepidation. ... read more..

Mughal Magnificence: Christie’s Auction Nets $109M

The much-talked-about sale ranks as the second highest-grossing private jewelry collection auction in history, topped only by Elizabeth Taylor.New York—Christie’s sale of historic Indian jewelry and a... read more..

Traditional Watches Reclaim Majority Market Share

Smartwatches are a holiday favorite, but consumers still value traditional timepieces, said watches and luxury analyst Reginald Brack.New York—Traditional watch sales outpaced smartwatch sales in the ... read more..

5 Things That Are New from Stuller

The fine jewelry supplier and manufacturer debuted an on-trend bridal collection, added lab-grown melee in pink and blue, and introduced a new tester.Las Vegas—As usual, Stuller’s booth at JCK Las Veg... read more..

CPAA’s Annual Design Content is Open for Entry

The pearl design competition’s winning jewels will be offered for sale at Devon Fine Jewelry.New York—The 10th International Pearl Design Competition is now open for entry. Hosted by the Cultured Pea... read more..
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