July 2019

This 1,758-Carat Diamond Just Got a Name

One of the largest rough diamonds ever recovered, Lucara Diamond Corp. selected the stone’s moniker from more than 22,000 submissions.Letlhakane, Botswana—An important stone has found its name.Lucara ... read more..

Here’s a Sneak Peek of the 2019 NYC Jewelry Week Lineup

The second annual event is happening in November and partnering with major museums, design schools and retailers.New York—New York City Jewelry Week boasted an impressive lineup of education and cultu... read more..

Movado Brings Centenarian Artist’s Work to the Public

The first major exhibition of sculptures from Cuban-born, 104-year-old Carmen Herrera is on display in New York’s City Hall Park through November.New York—Movado Group Foundation is playing its part i... read more..

2019 Retailer Hall of Fame

Inside the Print Issue: Cathy CalhounDavid & Julia GardnerJudy & Steve PadisUncorking New Opportunities Past HonoreesFinal ThoughtsRead This Issue »... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

The “hero” diamonds of the 2019 Argyle Tender, Sotheby’s celebrates 50 years since the first moon landing, Amazon Prime Day by the numbers and more.New York—Need to catch up on last week’s jewelry new... read more..

You Can Almost Shop Directly from Instagram

Plus other updates from the social media channel.San Francisco—Instagram is closer than ever to letting its users shop directly from the platform. While consumers have been able to shop products feat... read more..

To the Moon and Back: Sotheby’s Celebrates Apollo 11

Saturday marks 50 years since the first manned moon landing, so the auction house is holding a dedicated sale of the official watch of NASA: the Omega Speedmaster.New York—Saturday marks 50 years sinc... read more..

Richemont Q1 Jewelry Sales Strong, But Watch Sales Falter

Protests in Hong Kong dampened first-quarter sales in a key watch market.Geneva—Luxury conglomerate Richemont reported strong sales growth in its first-quarter results, but a slowdown in watch sales s... read more..

Piece of the Week: Ashley Zhang’s Gypsy Ring

Bold gold and killer diamonds make up this new twist on an old style.Vintage and antique jewelry styles are a hot trend for 2019, and New York City designer Ashley Zhang is one of its key players.This... read more..

Programs to Grow Revenue and Cut Costs

While you do your best to increase sales and keep costs low, keeping up in today’s competitive environment is a challenge. Brought To You By Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group  While you do your... read more..

How Was Amazon Prime Day 2019?

Prime Day sales surpassed the combined sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.Seattle—Prime Day sales were off the charts this year, once again taking the top spot as the largest shopping event in Ama... read more..

Swatch Group Sees Growth Ahead Despite Half-Year Sales Dip

The watch company expects an uptick in the second half of the year due in part to its crackdown on gray market sales.Biel/Bienne, Switzerland—Swatch Group reported a dip in sales in its half-year resu... read more..

Claire’s Appoints Party City Executive Ryan Vero as CEO

Interim CEO Kevin Corning will return to his role on the board.Hoffman Estates, Ill.—Accessories retailer Claire’s Stores Inc. has announced the appointment of retail executive Ryan Vero as its CEO. V... read more..

BriteCo and IGS Are Partnering Up

The partnership between the insurance company and gemology resource will include content and education for consumers.Evanston, Ill.—Jewelry and watch insurance company BriteCo has announced that it’s ... read more..

How Simon G. Used Local Influencers to Support its Retailers

The partnerships were part of a multi-pronged approach to drive traffic to in-store trunk shows.Glendale, Calif.—Simon G.’s latest marketing endeavor saw the fine jewelry brand leverage its social med... read more..

Jewelry Designer Katharine James Dies at 60

She was the creative force behind the eponymous bridal jewelry line.Los Angeles—Jewelry designer Katharine James died earlier this month. She was 60.Born December 30, 1958, the California native studi... read more..

Rio Tinto’s Diamond Mines Report Mixed Q2 Production Results

Argyle was down 5 percent to 3.3 million carats in Australia as the mine nears closure, while Diavik’s output in Canada rose 3 percent.London—Rio Tinto released its second quarter production numbers T... read more..

WJA Announces 2019 Scholarship and Grant Winners

The Women’s Jewelry Association will award $65,500 total to 49 women this year.New York—The Women’s Jewelry Association will award $65,500 in grants and scholarships to 49 women this year. The recipie... read more..

Here Are the 6 ‘Hero’ Diamonds of the 2019 Argyle Tender

They weigh a total of 8.88 carats and include two fancy reds.Sydney—Rio Tinto has debuted the diamonds in this year’s Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, its annual sale of the best pink, red and violet ston... read more..

Coach’s Corner: A Reminder on the Importance of Integrity

Pat Henneberry writes that integrity is a value that’s not talked about nearly enough in the jewelry industry.My father had more integrity than anyone I’ve ever known. He was a great leader, too, and ... read more..

These Are the Dates for the 2020 World Diamond Conference

The biennial event will take place in Hong Kong next year.Antwerp, Belgium—The World Federation of Diamond Bourses and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association have announced the dates for ... read more..

De Beers’ Conservation Effort Relocates More Elephants

The “Moving Giants” project will move 200 elephants from overcrowded South Africa to a spacious national park in Mozambique.Johannesburg—De Beers is one step further to relocating 200 elephants from S... read more..

Marlon Brando’s Rolex from ‘Apocalypse Now’ Up for Auction

Thought to be lost, the watch with a hand engraving from Brando himself will hit the block at Phillips this winter.New York—Another watch from the archive of films featuring Academy Award winner Marlo... read more..

Charming Charlie To Close All 261 Stores

The accessories retailer has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy again and expects to shutter all stores by August 31.Wilmington, Del.—Accessories store Charming Charlie filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Th... read more..

20th Saul Bell Competition Now Accepting Entries

Rio Grande has combined or eliminated some categories in its annual design contest.Albuquerque, N.M.—Rio Grande is now accepting entries for its 20th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition. This y... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

A new flagship for a southern chain, a list of the U.S.’s largest retailers, a lesson on gemstone lore, and more.New York—Missed our newsletters last week while you were on vacation?Catch up on what h... read more..

Victorian-Era Parure to Be on Display in NY All Summer

The “Treasures from Chatsworth” exhibition at Sotheby’s includes a diadem created in 1856 to celebrate Tsar Alexander II’s coronation.New York—Anglophiles and jewelry lovers alike will want to see wha... read more..

Watch: The Video for Forevermark’s New Marketing Campaign

“I Take You, Until Forever” launched this week and it promotes the diamond brand’s new bridal collection.New York—Forevermark launched “I Take You, Until Forever,” this week, the marketing campaign pr... read more..

Jewelers Mutual Takes Next Step in Transition Plan

The company announced the dates for a meeting and policyholder vote on its plan to transition to a mutual holding company.Neenah, Wis.—Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is taking the next step in tran... read more..

Piece of the Week: This Green Goodness from Omi Privé

The star of this ring is the 3.08-carat oval-shaped chrysoberyl center.We realize we featured a three-stone ring from Omi Privé as “Piece of the Week” not too long ago, but we’ve been waiting for pict... read more..
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