October 2019

Amanda’s Style File: 10 Jewels to Scream Over

Whether kitschy or clever, these Halloween-worthy pieces of fine jewelry can be admired year-round.Every year on Oct. 31, children and adults alike take part in Halloween celebrations.They turn to dre... read more..

You Can Now Buy Stones from Moyo Gems

The faceted gems have been traced from mine—they were unearthed by women miners in Tanzania—to market.Good news for anyone who’s been following along as the Moyo Gemstones project progresses, or who s... read more..

Demolition Damage Temporarily Halts Production at Strellman’s

The Minnesota-based jewelry manufacturer is at a standstill after a wall collapsed into its factory last week.Virginia, Minn.—Production at jewelry manufacturer Strellman’s in Virginia, Minnesota has ... read more..

Ariel Gordon Celebrates a Decade with a Vintage Capsule

The L.A. designer known for her contemporary classics is selling her personal hoard of antique, vintage and estate jewelry in honor of her brand’s 10-year anniversary.Los Angeles—A few years ago, jewe... read more..

The Legends Behind 4 ‘Cursed’ Gemstones

Ahead of Halloween, Associate Editor Lenore Fedow shares the spooky tales behind a few famous gemstones that allegedly bring bad luck.Halloween is my favorite holiday, hands down. I can’t get enough o... read more..

Mitchell Portnoy, Pres. of NY Mineralogical Club, Dies

He helped build a thriving club and was known for his generosity.New York—Mitchell Portnoy, longtime president of the New York Mineralogical Club, died Oct. 15 after battling cancer. He was 63 years o... read more..

De Beers’ Production Down 14% as Mines Close, Market Slows

The diamond miner’s outlook for the year is holding steady at 31 million carats.London—A combination of mine sales and shutdowns and a weak market for rough diamonds contributed to a drop-off in produ... read more..

Designs on Marketing: Facebook Fundamentals

Jacqueline Stone gives eight tips for creating a Facebook presence that builds a loyal, engaged following.Back in the day (early 2004), Facebook was all the rage. It was a new technology that had a me... read more..

Alrosa Recovers a 232-Carat Rough Diamond

It is the largest gem-quality rough the diamond miner has found in more than three years.Moscow—Alrosa has recovered its largest gem-quality rough diamond in more than three years. The company announc... read more..

Sydney Evan’s New Collection is Inspired by Lucky No. 18

It’s in honor of the brand’s 18th anniversary.Los Angeles—She can vote, but she can’t drink; Sydney Evan is officially legal.The Los Angeles-based brand is celebrating 18 years in business, with a col... read more..

Tacori’s Holiday Campaign Is All About Family

The digital ads feature influencer Sai De Silva and her children.Los Angeles—For the 2019 holiday season, Tacori is putting the focus on family. The Los Angeles jewelry company’s holiday ad campaign,... read more..

Up, Up, and Away: The Rise in Natural Colored Diamond Prices

One-in-a-million natural colored diamonds command jaw-dropping amounts of money at auction. Overall prices are seeing a more modest increase.The story of any diamond begins deep in the ground, about 1... read more..

Luxury Giant LVMH Makes Bid to Buy Tiffany & Co.

The potential deal is worth $14.5 billion.New York—Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, has made an offer to purchase Tiffany & Co. In a statement issued Monday, ... read more..

ABG Closer to Buying Barneys, But Other Bids Could Still Come

Rivals have until Thursday to place a better offer than the licensing company’s $271.4 million bid.New York—Licensing company Authentic Brands Group is looking like the likely winner in the auction fo... read more..

Watch: 2 Minutes on ... Being Coached

In this short video, sales trainer Jimmy DeGroot talks about the importance of being receptive to advice.Green Bay, Wis.—Jimmy DeGroot is bringing shorter versions of the videos he makes for retailers... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

How non-jewelry retailers are innovating, lessons learned at a conference in Turkey, a kit to help jewelers with their diamond supply chain, and more.New York—Miss out on some of the jewelry news last... read more..

Take a Look Inside Omega’s New Museum in Switzerland

The new space in Biel/Bienne is dedicated to telling the watch brand's story. Biel/Bienne, Switzerland—Omega has a new home in Switzerland dedicated to telling its story.The brand opened its orig... read more..

Rio Grande’s Judy Jaramillo Dies at 56

The manufacturer’s longtime employee was vice president of the AGS New Mexico Guild.Albuquerque, N.M.—Judy Jaramillo, longtime employee at supplier Rio Grande and vice president of the AGS New Mexico ... read more..

Kering’s Jewelry Brands Give Strong Performances in Q3

Boucheron was a standout in the jewelry segment, while Ulysse Nardin bolstered the watch category.Paris—Luxury conglomerate Kering reported “robust growth” in jewelry in its third-quarter results as w... read more..

Piece of the Week: Nouvel Heritage’s ‘Childish’ Hoops

Luxury meets fun in these delightful earrings.Nouvel Heritage designer Camille Parruitte is something of a wunderkind.Born into a French jewelry manufacturing family, the New York-based designer has d... read more..

Analysis of the Majors: This Is What Innovation Looks Like

In this article from the 2019 “State of the Majors,” we take a step outside the metaphorical jewelry box to see how non-jewelry retailers are tackling retail reinvention.As with last year, the majorit... read more..

See What’s Inside Tiffany’s Luxury Holiday Gift Guide

Do you need a $112,000 advent calendar, a solid silver greenhouse, a Tiffany Blue motorcycle or a flawless 8-carat diamond?New York—Tiffany & Co. just came out with its first holiday catalog featu... read more..

Over 200 Unworn Vintage Swatch Watches Up for Sale

A selling exhibition at Phillips Perpetual in London will be comprised of models created between 1985 and 2004.London—This month, Phillips Perpetual will sell a collection of never-been-worn vintage S... read more..

United Precious Metal Announces New Director

Michael Stover will head the company’s technical solutions department.Alden, N.Y.—United Precious Metal Refining Inc. has announced the appointment of a new director. Michael Stover is joining the Ald... read more..

Kay Jewelers Just Launched a New Collection

“Center of Me” features an interlocking heart motif.Akron, Ohio—Signet Jewelers Ltd.-owned Kay Jewelers has launched a new collection ahead of the holiday season. “Center of Me” features round diamon... read more..

Swatch Group Won’t Make Calvin Klein Watches Anymore

The licensing agreement between the two companies will end when the next expiration date rolls around.Biel/Bienne, Switzerland—After 22 years, the licensing agreement between Swatch Group and Calvin K... read more..

There’s Still Time to Participate in the Benchmarking Survey

Jewelers of America and the Jewelers Board of Trade are now allowing retailers to take part in their study until Nov. 8.New York—Jewelers of America and the Jewelers Board of Trade have extended the d... read more..

This Kit Can Help Jewelers With Their Diamond Supply Chains

It’s free and available on the Jewelers Vigilance Committee’s website.New York—The Jewelers Vigilance Committee just posted a free toolkit online that’s intended to help retailers monitor their diamon... read more..

Wilkerson & Associates Names Josh Hayes VP

Hayes joined the jewelry liquidator in 2004, directly out of college.Stuttgart, Ark.—Jewelry liquidator Wilkerson & Associates named Josh Hayes as its new vice president at its annual conference i... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: Don’t Sell Spoiled Milk in December

Jewelers should not treat the holiday season as the most wonderful time of the year for moving old merchandise, Peter Smith writes.There has long existed a truism in our business that if we have produ... read more..
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