November 2019

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

LVMH acquires Tiffany & Co., royal jewels stolen from German museum, another independent jeweler closes, and more.New York—Fell behind on the news over the holiday break? Here are five stories to ... read more..

CA Jeweler Pleads Guilty to Aiding Illegal Firearms Ring

Leo Hamel admitted to engaging in “straw purchases” of off-record firearms and creating a fake paper trail to make them look legitimate.San Diego—The owner of a well-known San Diego jewelry store has ... read more..

56% of Holiday Shoppers Have Already Started, NRF Survey Says

And they’ve worked their way through at least one-quarter of their lists already, the highest level in survey history.Washington—More than half of consumers have already started their holiday shopping... read more..

Professional Burglars Target Stores in Virginia, Florida

The incidences prompted the Jewelers’ Security Alliance to release a list of burglary prevention tips ahead of the holiday weekend.New York—Professional burglars recently targeted jewelry stores in Vi... read more..

Jewelers Mutual Hires Larry Spicer to Lead Security

He will serve as vice president of loss prevention and risk management services, succeeding 39-year employee David Sexton.Neenah, Wis.—Jewelers Mutual Group has named Larry Spicer to the role of vice ... read more..

‘Invaluable’ Royal Jewels Stolen from Museum in Germany

Snatched from Dresden’s Green Vault, the pieces dated back to the 18th century.Berlin—Police say a manhunt is underway in Germany after thieves made off with royal jewelry from the Green Vault Museum ... read more..

Designs on Marketing: Pinterest Pursuits

Jacqueline Stone is a not a huge Pinterest person but is willing to share six tips for using the social media site nonetheless.Time for some brutal honesty: I’m not very pro-Pinterest when it comes to... read more..

Movado’s Q3 US Sales Sink 12%

Challenges “intensified” within the watch category and retail landscape, CEO Efraim Grinberg said.Paramus, N.J.—Movado Group fell short of revenue expectations in its third quarter, lowering its forec... read more..

Studs Wants to Change the Ear Piercing Game

The company opened its first brick-and-mortar store this month in New York’s Nolita neighborhood.New York—There’s a new ear-piercing place in town that is positioning itself as an upgrade to the tradi... read more..

LVMH, Tiffany & Co. Make It Official

The French luxury titan acquired the iconic American jeweler in a $16.2 billion deal.Paris—LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton scooped up Tiffany & Co. over the weekend in a deal valued at $16.2 bill... read more..

Another Independent Jeweler Is Closing

Family-run Houston store Select Jewelers is holding a going-out-of-business sale after 23 years.Houston—After more than two decades in business, Houston retailer Select Jewelers is closing up shop. Fo... read more..

One Collector’s Hemmerle Trove Is Up for Auction

The largest single-owner collection of Hemmerle jewels headlines Sotheby’s London jewelry auction.London—The ultimate holiday gift array for jewelry lovers is up for grabs this week, in the form of th... read more..

Chicago Jewelers’ Association Celebrates 145 Years

The theme of the black-tie gala to fete the occasion in January is the lasting power of both the organization and jewelry’s place in special moments.Chicago—The Chicago Jewelers’ Association is ringin... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Catch up on news before you fill up on turkey.New York—Want to catch up on the news before you fill up on turkey? We’ve got you covered with these five headlines from last week in the jewelry industry... read more..

Court Reverses Decision to Drop Thousands from Sterling Case

A federal appeals court handed the women suing Sterling Jewelers for gender discrimination a victory earlier this month, the latest development in the nearly 12-year-old legal battle.New York—A federa... read more..

Check Out Stephanie Gottlieb’s Sweet Collaboration

The jewelry designer has partnered with artist Robyn Blair Davidson to create candy-inspired jewels and jewelry boxes.New York—Stephanie Gottlieb’s latest collaboration is perfect for those whose swee... read more..

Stein Mart Makes Way for Fine Jewelry Department

The retailer partnered with Unique Designs to create its “Stein Mart Jewel Box” collection, which will soon be available in 51 stores.Jacksonville, Fla.—Discount retailer Stein Mart is adding a fine j... read more..

Piece of the Week: Lydia Courteille’s Egyptian Cuffs

They join two historic eras.As one might imagine from looking at them, there’s an interesting story behind these Lydia Courteille cuffs. The French high jewelry designer, who began her career as an an... read more..

13 Pieces Under $1,000 to Stock for the Holidays and Beyond

Hit the self-purchasing sweet spot with these 13 jewels that won’t break the bank.I’m a millennial female who buys jewelry for herself and, as research indicates, I find it a lot easier to hand over m... read more..

In a New Jewelry Book, a Cartier Delves into Her Family

Francesca Cartier Brickell takes a deep dive into the brand’s journey and the four generations that ran it in her soon-to-be-released work.New York—Every jewelry lover wants to learn the history behin... read more..

Tiffany Taps Former Barneys CEO for Chief Brand Officer Role

Daniella Vitale will join the retailer in December to oversee its merchandising and marketing strategies.New York—Tiffany & Co. looked to another New York retail icon to fill the newly created exe... read more..

Industry Veteran Scott Sedlacek Joins Goldiam

He is the new vice president of sales and business development, and will represent the company’s natural and lab-grown diamond lines.New York—An industry veteran with retail, wholesale, manufacturing ... read more..

A Requiem for Barneys: The Retailer’s Final Days

Associate Editor Lenore Fedow visited Barneys in its last days to check out the sales and bid farewell to the legendary retailer.I have been covering Barneys New York’s bankruptcy proceedings since Ju... read more..

Sissy’s Log Cabin Opens its Fifth Retail Jewelry Store

The new location in Conway, Arkansas is its second standalone storefront.Conway, Ark.—Well-known retailer Sissy’s Log Cabin now numbers five. On Nov. 15, the business opened its fifth location, this ... read more..

Roberto Coin Is Releasing Jewels Inspired by ‘Frozen 2’

The Italian jeweler’s new collection is hitting stores just in time for the film’s release this month.New York—The sequel to “Frozen” is hitting movie theaters this month, and Roberto Coin has designe... read more..

JA to Hold Second Annual National Convention in 2020

It will take place July 26-28 in New York, and the theme will be “2020: Envision.”New York—Jewelers of America announced Tuesday it is bringing back its National Convention in 2020 after receiving pos... read more..

After 45 Years, Johnstown, PA Jeweler Calls It Quits

J. Dennis Petimezas ended up in the jewelry industry by chance but chose to stay.Johnstown, Pa.—After 45 years in the jewelry business, a career that began with an entry-level position at a chain stor... read more..

Tiffany’s Head Merchandiser to Depart After 25 Years

SVP and Chief Merchandising Officer Pamela Cloud will step down later this month, and the company is creating a new position—chief brand officer.New York—Tiffany & Co. has created a new role, exec... read more..

Pomellato’s Second Hardstone Collection is (Another) Must-See

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator is obsessed with the stories it tells through colors and patterns.When Pomellato debuted a collection using “hardstones”—opaque material—two years ago, the color and ... read more..

Shinola Appoints First Female CEO, Shannon Washburn

She has been president of the Detroit-based watch company since 2018.Detroit—Shinola has appointed Shannon Washburn as its new CEO, the first female to lead to watch and accessories company.She will s... read more..
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