November 2019

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..

Watch: 2 Minutes on ... On-the-Edge Customers

In this short video, Jimmy DeGroot and Brad Huisken discuss the art of turning wafflers into buyers.Green Bay, Wis.—Jimmy DeGroot is bringing shorter versions of the training videos he makes for retai... read more..

Michigan Jeweler, Auctioneer Charged with Wire Fraud

Federal investigators allege Detroit-area jeweler Joseph DuMouchelle faked the purchase and sale of a $16.5 million diamond.Detroit—A prominent Detroit-area jewelry buyer and auctioneer has been charg... read more..

20-Carat Blue Diamond Goes for $741K Per Carat

A leading diamond company bought the stone, which is described as an “exceptional” Type IIb diamond.Johannesburg—Petra Diamonds Ltd. found a buyer for the 20.08-carat blue diamond it unearthed in Sout... read more..

Retailer Ordered to Pay $16K to Defrauded Military Families

The restitution comes in addition to the $55,000 California jeweler Ramil Abalkhad was already ordered to pay.Sacramento, Calif.—A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered Ramil Abalkhad, owner of... read more..

Brent Neale Has Launched a Splash-y New Jewelry Collection

The jewelry designer turns her whimsical eye to the sea.New York—Designer Brent Neale Winston makes happy jewelry. Rainbows and unicorns, hearts and mushrooms so cute they could be plucked from a car... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Jewels from France’s last empress head to auction, a record-breaking watch auction, why a jeweler honored a gift certificate from 1969, and more.New York—Need to catch up on last week’s jewelry news? ... read more..

Are Consumers Emotionally Connected to Luxury Brands?

Not nearly as much as they are to Amazon, Disney and Netflix, one recent study shows.New York—When it comes to emotionally connecting with consumers, luxury brands aren’t doing as well as other goods ... read more..

10 Spectacular TEFAF Jewels

Senior Editor Ashley Davis highlights top antique and contemporary designs from the recently concluded New York show.The European Fine Art Fair, or TEFAF for short, only features a handful of jewelry ... read more..

Signs of Market Recovery Detected in De Beers’ Results

Sales were down 12 percent year-over-year but up 31 percent compared with the previous sales cycle, reaching their highest point in months.Gaborone, Botswana—On Wednesday, De Beers Group announced sig... read more..

Piece of the Week: Liven Co.’s Triple-Banded Ring

We like it as an alternative engagement style.This deceptively simple design lets one unique gemstone do all the talking.From Los Angeles-based Liven Co., headed by designer Ann Ko, this solitaire rin... read more..

Why a Jeweler Honored a Gift Certificate from 1969

It cost Bensons Jewelers owner Ken Stein $150 but turned out to be worth thousands in free publicity.Washington—A couple weeks ago, Bensons Jewelers owner Ken Stein got an email from a man asking if h... read more..

Patek Philippe Watch Sells for Record-Breaking $31M

Meet the world’s most expensive timepiece sold at auction.Geneva—A new wristwatch can claim the honor of being the most expensive timepiece sold at auction, and it benefited charity. At the Nov. 9 Onl... read more..

Borsheims’ Holiday Catalog Gifts Luxury Experiences

A two-week trip to Botswana and a build-your-own watch lesson from the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute are among the options.Omaha, Neb.—The holiday season is swiftly approaching, and Borsh... read more..

WJA Wants to Help Members Become Better Negotiators

The association’s new member benefit is designed to help them master the art of bargaining for promotions, equal pay, sales and more.New York—As part of its Gender Equality Project, the Women’s Jewelr... read more..

70% of Consumers Are Interested in Ethically Sourced Gold

That number is expected to increase as Generation Z gets older and, hopefully, starts buying more jewelry, the World Gold Council found in a new survey.London—The World Gold Council just released the ... read more..

19 Events to Check Out at NYC Jewelry Week ‘19

They range from responsible sourcing panels to a peek into a designer’s vault to an insider’s look at the fine jewelry boutiques on Madison Avenue.Next week kicks off the second annual New York City J... read more..

Forevermark Opens First US Boutique

The California store will be owned and operated by Bay Area natives, Steve and Judy Padis of Padis Jewelers.Walnut Creek, Calif.—Forevermark cut the ribbon on a new boutique in California last week, m... read more..

Le Tote Completes Lord & Taylor Acquisition

The clothing rental subscription service plans to open several “rental studio” locations in Lord & Taylor stores.San Francisco—Clothing rental subscription service Le Tote completed its acquisitio... read more..

Borsheims Announces New Hires, Promotions

The Berkshire Hathaway-owned company is making some internal changes. Omaha, Neb.—Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts is beefing up its management. The Berkshire Hathaway-owned company is combining it... read more..

Instagram Will Test Hiding ‘Likes’ in the US

Here’s why, and what it could mean for brands and marketers.New York—For some, a “like” on Instagram gives instant satisfaction. For others, it’s a sign that people are finding and interacting with th... read more..

Jewelry Store Robbery Tied to ISIS Funding

Proceeds from an armed robbery in Edmonton, Alberta were used to fund Islamic State fighters in Syria, authorities say.San Diego—Canadian national Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi was recently extradited to ... read more..

Phillips to Auction Sevan Bıçakçı Ring, Experience for Charity

Sale of the one-of-a-kind jewel, a tour of the designer’s workshop and a cruise on his private yacht will benefit One Drop.New York—Phillips’ upcoming Jewels auction in New York City will feature one ... read more..
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