December 2019

The 19 Most Popular Stories of 2019

Unbelievable diamonds, auction standouts and jewelry trends topped the list of National Jeweler’s most-read stories this year.New York—These were the 19 most popular stories published on NationalJewel... read more..

Watches & Wonders Miami Won’t Happen in 2020

The show’s organizers are shifting focus to the debut of Watches & Wonders Geneva this April.Geneva—Watches & Wonders Miami has been postponed to 2021 as organizers shift focus to the debut of... read more..

These Are De Beers’ Sight Dates for 2020

The diamond miner and marketer holds 10 sights a year, beginning in late January and wrapping up in early December.Gaborone, Botswana—De Beers Group has published the list of its sight dates for 2020.... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Alrosa’s slipping sales, Tiffany’s holiday rebound, the best celebrity engagement rings of the year, and more.New York—Been too busy with the holidays to catch up on last week’s jewelry news? Here are... read more..

Tiffany’s 2019 Holiday Sales Rebound

Sales climbed as much as 3 percent for the jeweler, which noted a “momentum shift” in the Americas.New York—Tiffany & Co. turned in a solid holiday season with sales on the rise, particularly in m... read more..

Amir Mozaffarian Fine Jewels To Close After 42 Years

The fourth-generation jeweler will close his San Francisco store and spend retirement with his family.San Francisco—Amir Mozaffarian Fine Jewels will close its doors after 42 years in business.Amir Mo... read more..

These Were the Best Celebrity Engagement Rings of the Year

No round brilliant-cut solitaires here.It’s easy to see why certain engagement ring styles become ultra-ubiquitous. Classic looks such as, say, a round-brilliant cut solitaire diamond, are versatile a... read more..

Piece of the Week: Sutra’s Kunzite Earrings

The last Piece of the Week in 2019 calls for some serious jewels.The year is almost over, and whether it was your best year yet or you can’t wait to start afresh in January, the close of a decade dese... read more..

Alrosa’s Sales Down 29% Year-to-Date

But the diamond miner did see improvement in November amid midstream recovery and higher jewelry sales, it said.New York—Alrosa Group’s sales improved in the month of November but the Moscow-based min... read more..

7 ‘Gems’ I Discovered in 2019

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator revisits interesting facts, stones and people she learned or wrote about this year. One of my favorite things about my job? There’s always so much to learn and dis... read more..

This Was My Favorite Jewelry Collection in 2019

Senior Editor Ashley Davis is playing favorites.In luxury industries, an insider’s view has the uncanny ability to dim the luster of what may seem, from the outside, like a rather glamorous world.Any ... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

De Beers’ sliding sales, the shuttered stores of 2019, the biggest jewelry developments of the decade, and more.New York—Did last-minute shopping leave you out of the loop? Here are five stories to ca... read more..

10-Year Rewind: The Biggest Developments of the Decade

Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff recounts the stories and trends of 2010-2019 that had the greatest impact on the fine jewelry industry.I didn’t think about the fact that we are ending a decade until I ... read more..

These Were the Year’s Best Jewelry Books

They covered the work of a designer, jewelry history and sustainability.New York—What does one get the jewelry lover who has everything? It’s a trick question. There are always more jewels to be had,... read more..

Italian-Made Jewelry Brand Alisa Gets New Ownership

Starting in the new year, industry veterans Marci and Adam Staub will lead the company as its new principals.Spotswood, N.J.—Italian-made jewelry brand Alisa will have new owners next year. The manufa... read more..

Piece of the Week: Suzanne Syz’s Ribbon Earrings

We’ve got presents on our minds.We’ve got presents on the brain, and it’s easy to see why when gazing upon these “Piece of the Week” ribbon-esque earrings from Suzanne Syz.There’s often a Pop Art infl... read more..

Featherstone’s Bergdorf Exhibition Is the Perfect Experience

“From Gemstone to Creation” gives consumers a clear picture of the work that goes into Deirdre Featherstone’s fine jewelry.Conversations about retail and selling today inevitably turn to the topic of ... read more..

Lessons in Creating a Retail Experience from David Yurman

President Carol Pennelli weighs in as the brand unveils its new Manhattan flagship.New York—David Yurman has moved its Manhattan flagship to a ritzy new block off Fifth Avenue, just in time for holida... read more..

Martin Siegel, Hamilton Jewelers Chairman, Dies at 86

The second-generation jeweler was remembered as “the happiest, proudest and most loving husband, father and grandfather.”Princeton, N.J.—Martin Siegel, chairman of Hamilton Jewelers, died on Dec. 17 a... read more..

The Jewelry Marketing Campaign’s Test Run Is Done

Conducted in the L.A. area this fall, the consumer-facing campaign reached more than 3 million people.New York—“Another Piece of Your Story,” the consumer-facing marketing campaign designed to be the ... read more..

So Long: The Big Stores We Bid Farewell to in 2019

Associate Editor Lenore Fedow reflects on Samuels Jewelers, Barneys New York, Charming Charlie, and more of the retailers that closed their doors this year.I have been the bearer of bad news many time... read more..

On Data: A Merry December for Independents So Far

The Edge Retail Academy’s Sherry Smith returns with a mini-update on how the holiday season is going.I kicked off my new column, On Data, earlier this month with a look at independent jewelers’ 2019 p... read more..

Greenwich St. Jewelers Stocks ‘Lift’ Collection to Benefit Miners

All proceeds go to Gem Legacy and the Tanzanian Women Miners Association.New York—New York City retailer Greenwich St. Jewelers is stocking a new collection that gives back to East African mining comm... read more..

Pandora Hires Bulgari Exec as CMO

Carla Liuni will join the brand in March.Copenhagen, Denmark—Pandora has hired former Bulgari executive Carla Liuni as its chief marketing officer. Liuni, who formerly served as vice president of glob... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Winter Whiteout

Amanda Gizzi’s latest trend report looks at jewels ideal for the wintry season ahead.White after Labor Day was once a fashion faux pas, but winter white is now one of the most chic and stylish ways to... read more..

KP Again Can’t Agree on ‘Conflict,’ Eases Restrictions on CAR

The decisions mark the end of a three-year reform cycle for the Kimberley Process.New York—The Kimberley Process wrapped up a three-year reform cycle unable to reach an agreement on expanding the defi... read more..

The PR Adviser: Saying Good Riddance to 2019

Had a bad year? You’re not alone, writes our resident PR adviser, Lilian Raji, in her latest column.Happy holidays, dear readers!We’re breaking from our usual Q&A format to dedicate 2019’s final c... read more..

Citizen, Amazon Partner to Bring Smart Clocks to the Home

They pair with Alexa-enabled devices through Bluetooth so that multiple timers can be set throughout the day.New York—Citizen has teamed with internet giant Amazon to create two exclusive Alexa-enable... read more..

De Beers’ Sales Drop 26%, Production Forecast Cut for ‘20

Parent company Anglo American said it’s been a “tough market” for diamonds.London—De Beers Group parent company Anglo American Plc said the diamond miner’s sales fell 26 percent this year amid “challe... read more..

See the Jewels Worn to the World’s Most Exclusive Debutante Ball

They’re designed by a fourth-generation diamantaire.Paris—There are balls, and then there’s “le Bal.” For more than two decades the invitation-only charity ball has hosted about 20 of the world’s mos... read more..
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