December 2019

Well-Known Estate Jeweler, Pearl Expert Paul Fisher Dies

The respected jeweler was known for his generosity, integrity and willingness to share his knowledge.New York—Legendary jeweler Paul Fisher, who dealt in estate jewelry as well as pearls and gemstones... read more..

On Data: How Independent Jewelers Are Faring This Year

In a new data-driven column, The Edge Retail Academy’s Sherry Smith breaks down the year so far for independent retailers.The retail model continues to evolve at an exponential rate. Today, small is t... read more..

Crystal Company Waterford Debuts Jewelry Line

The brand’s collection is inspired in part by the coastlines and seascapes of its native Ireland.New York—Known for its pricey crystal vases, candlesticks and wine goblets, Waterford is hoping to carv... read more..

4 Dead Following Attempted Jewelry Store Robbery in Florida

A failed armed robbery of a store on Coral Gables’ “Miracle Mile” spurred a chase that resulted in the deaths of the two robbery suspects, a UPS driver and a bystander.Coral Gables, Fla.—Four people a... read more..

What Tiffany’s Acquisition Means for the Jewelry Industry

Looking at what makes Tiffany & Co. worth $16 billion says a lot about what consumers value, Associate Editor Lenore Fedow writes in her analysis of the deal.Life as the resident retail reporter a... read more..

This Burmese Ruby Could Fetch Up to $5.5M at Auction

“The duPont Ruby,” from The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, leads Christie’s New York’s Magnificent Jewels sale this week.New York—Two important jewels from The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are headlini... read more..

PT Next Acquires Software Company CodeNameWhat

It will progress the technology arm of Pac Team Group’s development of industry-specific technology solutions.Paramus, N.J.—PT Next, the technology division of Pac Team Group, has acquired software de... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Pantone announced the 2020 color of the year while early holiday results and predictions rolled in.New York—Still in holiday mode last week? If you missed out on some jewelry news, here are five stori... read more..

‘The Indian Blue’ Diamond Predicted to Sell for $6-$8M

It hits the auction block at Sotheby’s this week, alongside a bracelet featuring more than 200 Argyle pink and red diamonds.New York—The Sotheby’s New York Magnificent Jewels sale will bring a number ... read more..

On Netflix, Diamonds Are ‘Explained’

The popular gemstones are one of the topics explored in the second season of the Vox-produced documentary series.New York—Diamonds are the topic of an episode of “Explained,” a Vox-produced documentar... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: December Birthstones

Let the hues of turquoise, tanzanite and zircon keep you warm this winter.December brrrrr-thstones will keep you warm this winter.The calming hues from the month’s birthstone lineup of turquoise, tanz... read more..

Tiffany Opens Men’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NY

It’s in the space that will be the jeweler’s temporary home while its Fifth Avenue flagship is renovated.New York—Tiffany & Co. has opened a men’s holiday pop-up shop in New York in the space that... read more..

Piece of the Week: Prounis’ Emerald Earrings

These timeless earrings possess an ancient allure.Prounis jewelry could be best described as possessing an elegant modernity and an old soul. These “Laurel Tropaion” earrings embody that ethos; “trop... read more..

Tiffany’s Sales Take a Hit in the Americas

The jeweler fell short of revenue and same-store sales expectations in Q3 due to weak demand in the Americas and unrest in Hong Kong.New York—Tiffany & Co. missed the mark on revenue and same-stor... read more..

Signet Exceeds Expectations With a Strong Q3

Same-store sales rose at all U.S. mall-based banners while online sales posted double-digit growth.Akron, Ohio—Signet Jewelers Ltd. exceeded expectations in the third quarter, as comps rose at all U.S... read more..

GIA Temporarily Offering 24-Hour Report Service in US

It is available now through Dec. 19 for diamond grading report or Diamond Dossier services.New York—The Gemological Institute of America is offering one-day turnaround on diamonds submitted to its Car... read more..

Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year Is … Classic Blue

It highlights the need for stability as we move into a new decade.Carlstadt, N.J.—Pantone has announced its color of the year for 2020.Classic Blue, reminiscent of the sky at dusk, marks the start of ... read more..

10 Jewelers Share Holiday Season Predictions

Retailers spoke with National Jeweler about what they’re selling, what they’re stocking and what they expect from the 2019 holiday season.New York—On Monday and Tuesday, National Jeweler’s editors rea... read more..

Thanksgiving Deals Draw Record Number of Shoppers, Says NRF

Sales from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday attracted nearly 190 million shoppers, 14 percent more than last year.Washington—A record number of shoppers flocked to sales from Thanksgiving through Cyb... read more..

AGA to Honor GIA’s Robert Weldon with Bonanno Award

Now the director of GIA’s gemological library and information center, his contributions to gemology are “simply incomparable,” the association said.San Diego—The Accredited Gemologists Association has... read more..

Designer Offers Holiday Sales Incentive Trip to Vietnam

It’s a 10-day “trip of a lifetime” for one top performing Nina Nguyen Designs sales associate.Denver—To encourage sales associates to go above and beyond in reaching their holiday sales goals, Nina Ng... read more..

Remembering Stuller’s ‘Tool Guy,’ Andy Kroungold

The longtime Stuller employee is described as a kind, genuine and knowledgeable man who is irreplaceable.Lafayette, La.—Andrew S. Kroungold, the longtime Stuller employee better known as “Andy the Too... read more..

These Will Be the 10 Busiest Shopping Days This Year

With a shorter holiday season, the day after Christmas is expected to play a bigger role in 2019.New York—A shorter holiday season means the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, will play a more important ro... read more..

Hemmerle Auction Smashes Pre-Sale Estimates

All but one lot exceeded predictions, with some selling for more than five times their estimated ranges.London—The Sotheby’s London Fine Jewels auction last week showed a strong demand for signed piec... read more..

Kering’s Watch, Jewelry CEO Steps Down

Albert Bensoussan is leaving the luxury conglomerate to “pursue a personal project.”Paris—Albert Bensoussan, CEO of Kering’s luxury watches and jewelry division, has stepped down, the luxury conglomer... read more..

Mobile Shopping Emerges as an Early Holiday Winner

Nearly three-quarters of traffic on retail websites came from mobile devices on Black Friday, and 56 percent of all online orders were placed on a mobile device.New York—Black Friday, as National Jewe... read more..

Bestselling Author’s Jewels Hit the Auction Block

Pieces from the likes of Tiffany and Verdura collected over novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford’s 57-year marriage will be offered at Bonhams London.London—A best-selling author’s jewels, as well as watc... read more..

Pandora Just Launched a Harry Potter Collection

Harry Potter devotees can now express their fandom with sterling silver charms.Copenhagen—Just in time for the holidays, Pandora has launched a new capsule collection commemorating some of pop culture... read more..

Watch: 4 Minutes On … Having a Merry Big Christmas

In this short video, Jimmy DeGroot talks about why sitting around and waiting for that holiday rush doesn’t work anymore.Green Bay, Wis.—Jimmy DeGroot has an early Christmas present for retailers.In h... read more..
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