January 2020

See the 5 Best Celebrity Jewelry Looks from the SAG Awards

Did Charlize Theron just win red carpet season? Los Angeles—So many awards season red carpets, so little time. How does one keep it interesting? Judging by the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, hel... read more..

Louis Vuitton Wants to Turn This Dark Diamond into Jewelry

Called the Sewelô, it weighs 1,758 carats and was mined in Botswana.Vancouver—Lucara Diamond Corp., the mining company that has turned up two 1,000-carat-plus diamonds in four years, just found a home... read more..

GIA Suspends Sealing Service After Diamond Switch

The lab is investigating how natural diamonds sealed in its blister packs were swapped out for HPHT-treated diamonds.Carlsbad, Calif.—The Gemological Institute of America has suspended its sealing ser... read more..

Phillip Gavriel Shows New Spring Collection at Vicenzaoro

It’s accompanied by a sleek ad campaign.Vicenza, Italy—At the Vicenzaoro jewelry trade show, Phillip Gavriel is debuting a new look. Showing its spring 2020 collections, the fine jewelry brand has re... read more..

AGTA Moves Spectrum Competition Back to October

The move is meant to give designers more time to conceptualize and create their entries.Dallas—The American Gem Trade Association is moving the judging of its annual Spectrum Awards from August back t... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Strength in online sales, SEO trends for the new year, the passing of a pearl legend, and more. New York—Here are five headlines from the fine jewelry world from the week of Jan. 12.   1. ... read more..

20 Designers to Watch in 2020 and Beyond: The New Classics

These four designers have perfected everyday fine jewelry staples. In the first two installments of my 20 Designers to Watch in 2020 and Beyond series, I recognized brands that will influence the n... read more..

Jewelry the Top Performer for Richemont in Q3

The owner of Cartier and VCA recorded a 6 percent year-over-year increase in jewelry sales between October and December.Bellevue, Switzerland—Luxury conglomerate Richemont saw sales top $4 billion in ... read more..

NRF: Holiday Retail Sales Were Up 4%

They reached $730.2 billion in November and December, helped along by strong online sales.Washington—Holiday retail sales were up again in 2019, according to the National Retail Federation, helped alo... read more..

Piece of the Week: Sandrine de Laage’s Boyfriend Band

It’s a playful take on borrowing from the boys. Last year, Sandrine de Laage made her jewelry trade show debut in Couture’s Design Atelier for emerging brands. The French-American designer cut her... read more..

Tiffany Moves Into Its Temporary Home

The retailer will be in a temporary space for two years while its flagship store on Fifth Avenue undergoes renovations. New York—Tiffany & Co. has moved. The jeweler has relocated from Fifth Ave... read more..

Online Sales Drive Holiday Season Growth for Signet

The retailer has upped the number of stores it plans to close from 150 to 165.Akron, Ohio—The largest player in the jewelry industry recorded growth in comparable sales over the holiday season, fueled... read more..

5 Sessions to Attend at AGTA GemFair Tucson

They cover responsible sourcing, market trends and new opportunities in gemstones for dealers and retailers. New York—The Tucson gem shows are packed with not only cases of loose stones and mineral... read more..

Alrosa Ends the Year With a 26% Drop in Sales

Sales picked up in the latter half of 2019, but it was not enough to turn around a tough year.Moscow—Sales picked up in December for Alrosa Group, though it was not enough to turn the tide in a tough ... read more..

Second-Generation Pearl Dealer Raymond Mastoloni Sr. Dies at 89

A well-respected leader in the industry and his community, Mastoloni was known for being a generous family man and a successful businessman.New York—Longtime pearl expert Raymond (Ray) Louis Mastoloni... read more..

20 Designers to Watch in 2020 and Beyond: The Bridal Bunch

This cohort channels something old while infusing something new into jewels that turn engagement rings and wedding bands into art.In the first installment of my 20 Designers to Watch in 2020 series, I... read more..

Phillips Adds Head of Private Jewelry Sales

The auction house snatched another Bonhams executive, Paul Redmayne, as it continues to expand its jewelry department.London—Phillips has expanded its international jewelry team with the appointment o... read more..

Bonas Announces Dates for Next Colored Stone Tender

Concurrent with the February Bangkok and March Hong Kong trade shows, it will feature about 500 lots of colored gems.Bangkok—Bonas has announced it will hold a gemstone tender concurrent with the Febr... read more..

At Gem Awards, the West Coast Comes Up Big

Twist took home the award for Retail Innovation, while Ed Bridge, of Seattle-based Ben Bridge Jeweler, was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.New York—Gem Awards Committee Chair Olivier S... read more..

The Smart Age: SEO Trends of 2020

Smart Age Solutions’ Emmanuel Raheb talks intent matching, and the importance of good content and mobile in his first column of the new year.Hello, and Happy New Year! In my columns last year, I explo... read more..

Graff Names New Head of US Business

Luxury veteran Marc Hruschka has worked for John Hardy, Chopard, Chanel and Richemont.New York—Graff has new leadership in the United States. The luxury jewelry house announced Monday it has named Mar... read more..

The 5 Best Jewels at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Earrings, a bracelet and layered brooches stole the show.Los Angeles—Wedged between its far more glamourous siblings, the Golden Globes and the Oscars, the Critics’ Choice Awards can oftentimes feel l... read more..

20 Designers to Watch in 2020 and Beyond: The Color Kids

In the first installment of a five-part series, Senior Editor Ashley Davis shines a light on creatives with an eye for color.While earlier decades of jewelry design belonged to iconic houses like Tiff... read more..

Mercury-Free Mining Might Have Found a Solution

Founder Toby Pomeroy is in Ghana right now testing a technology called Goldrop with artisanal miners.Corvallis, Oregon—The founder of the Mercury-Free Mining initiative is in West Africa to test a sep... read more..

AGA Conference to Cover Traceability, Treatments

The Accredited Gemologist Association’s annual event in Tucson is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 5.New York—The upcoming Accredited Gemologists Association Tucson conference will add several important ... read more..

Fura Completes Acquisition of Australian Sapphire Project

It rounds out the “big three” in the company’s mining portfolio.Toronto—Fura Gems announced it completed the acquisition of a sapphire mining project in Australia on Dec. 31, rounding out the “big thr... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

A 21-carat yellow diamond finds a home, Golden Globe jewelry trends, a holiday sales wrap-up, and more.New York—Fall behind on last week’s jewelry news? Here are five stories to help get you back in t... read more..

For One Jeweler, Ravens Playoff Game Is ‘Pandemonium’

Meritage Jewelers is offering refunds, if a local DJ can correctly guess the score of Baltimore Ravens matchup with the Tennessee Titans.Baltimore—Retailers gamble on the rain and snowfall amounts and... read more..

Piece of the Week: Awkwafina’s Golden Globes Brooch

Her Forevermark jewels proved lucky, as the actress took home her first major award.Gender norms pertaining to attire blurred at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards held last Sunday in Los Angeles, as... read more..

GIA Extends Discount on Update Service for Diamond Reports

Through March 1, the price will be 30 percent of the regular fee for diamond grading reports issued in 2018 and 2019.Carlsbad, Calif.—The Gemological Institute of America has announced it will offer a... read more..
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