January 2020

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

WJA’s first ad campaign, the WDC’s new executive director and more news to catch up on before the Tucson gem shows kick off.New York—Before the Tucson gem shows kick into high gear, catch up on these ... read more..

Feel-Good Friday: Meet a Rescue Dog Named Diamond

And puppies named Emerald, Opal and Tanzanite, who rescuers are trying to bring to the U.S. from a Korean slaughterhouse.The jewelry industry loves dogs. I learned as much at one edition of American ... read more..

US Gold Jewelry Demand Up 2% in 2019

But the jump in the gold price in Q3 contributed to a 6 percent decline in global demand in the full year.London—Gold jewelry demand may have had a good year in the U.S. last year, but it was a differ... read more..

Swatch’s 2019 Sales Weighed Down by Weak Hong Kong Market

The Swiss watch company lost $206 million in Hong Kong in the second half of the year alone.Biel/Bienne, Switzerland—Swatch Group reported a drop in sales in its full-year results as unrest in the Hon... read more..

Hucker, Palumbo to Host Select Tucson Education Sessions

They will offer social media tips and tricks and a colored gemstone seminar.New York—The Select Jewelry Show is a newcomer to the Tucson gem show season this year, slated to fill the gap between the e... read more..

Piece of the Week: Aurelia Demark’s Pendant to Benefit Rescue Dogs

For the next week, 25 percent of the proceeds benefit dogs rescued from a Korean slaughterhouse.In the last week, members of the jewelry industry have been showing their support for a group of 25 dogs... read more..

De Beers Reports First Sales Results for 2020

Rough diamond sales totaled $545 million in the miner’s first cycle of the year, up compared with the same period last year.Gaborone, Botswana—Rough diamond sales in De Beers’ first sales cycle of 202... read more..

MJSA Expo Returns to School Jewelers

The trade show has announced its two-day educational program.New York—The MJSA Expo is returning to the Javits Center in New York City this March.Held concurrently with JA New York from March 15 to 17... read more..

Imagine Bridal Grows Sales Team

The jewelry manufacturer has named Jeff Jilek as its regional sales manager.Great Neck, New York —Jewelry manufacturer Imagine Bridal expanded its sales team, naming Jeff Jilek as its regional sales m... read more..

20 Designers to Watch in 2020 and Beyond: Conscious Makers

Meet four brands that marry design with responsible practices.In the final installment of 20 Designers to Watch in 2020 and Beyond, I focus on what will arguably be the most important element of jewel... read more..

20 Cutters Collaborated to Make This Gemstone Baby Mobile

What started out as a gift for a granddaughter turned into an epic project with an aspect of giving back. Phoenix—It started out as a project to create something special for a grandchild and soon bec... read more..

De Grisogono Files for Bankruptcy in Switzerland

The luxury jewelry house wasn’t able to secure a buyer despite talks lasting several months.Geneva—De Grisogono, the luxury jewelry house caught up in a corruption investigation in Angola, has filed f... read more..

Bulgari, Hublot Bolster LVMH’s Q4 Watch, Jewelry Sales

The luxury titan’s watches and jewelry segment brought in nearly $5 billion in 2019.Paris—LVMH ended its fiscal year on a high note, reporting double-digit revenue growth despite a rough second half i... read more..

World Diamond Council Names New Executive Director

Rubel & Ménasché’s Elodie Daguzan will head the organization, taking over for Marie-Chantal Kaninda.New York—Elodie Daguzan has been named executive director of the World Diamond Council, effectiv... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: Tim Ell and His Wedding Bells

Peter Smith tells the tale of how a retailer overcame the odds to realize his dream.In “The Drunkard’s Walk,” Leonard Mlodinow wrote: “Successful people in every field are almost universally members o... read more..

Colored Stone Wholesaler Intercolor Celebrates Turning 40

They’re inviting the trade to fête the occasion with them in Tucson.New York—Making it to 40 years in business is no small feat, and one colored stone dealer wants the trade to celebrate the occasion ... read more..

For Royal Chain, 2020 is All About Gold

The jewelry manufacturer has released its spring 2020 collection, featuring new gold chains.New York—Royal Chain’s first product releases in 2020 are all about bold gold.The manufacturer’s spring 2020... read more..

You Can Now Place Virtual Bids at JFC Auctions

The charity’s new app lets participants place and track silent auction bids remotely.New York—Jewelers for Children partnered with Virtual Diamond Boutique to launch an app that allows bidders to part... read more..

Diamond Production Down for De Beers and Rio Tinto

De Beers’ 2019 totals fell 13 percent year-over-year while Rio Tinto’s were down 8 percent.New York—Like sales, diamond production fell by double digits in 2019 for De Beers Group, the world’s largest... read more..

WJA Launching First Consumer Ad Campaign

It targets women looking to buy jewelry for themselves.New York—For the first time, the Women’s Jewelry Association has developed a consumer-facing advertising campaign to be used by its corporate mem... read more..

Retailer Roundtables Continue at Centurion

They take place each morning and feature education on lab-grown diamonds, digital marketing, store design and more.Phoenix—Centurion will once again offer “Retailer Roundtables,” morning education whe... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

De Grisogono linked to money laundering scheme, predictions for the Tuscon gem shows, rooftop burglaries, and more.New York—Fell behind on last week’s jewelry news? Here are five stories to get you ba... read more..

Ann Arnold, Isabella Fiske Create Holocaust Education Foundation

The sisters named the organization in honor of their father, Holocaust survivor Mark Schonwetter.Livingston, N.J.—Jewelry executive Ann Arnold and her sister, jewelry designer Isabella Fiske, have sta... read more..

20 Designers to Watch in 2020 and Beyond: The Innovators

You know them as buzzed-about fine jewelry brands expanding the scope of what is possible in fine jewelry, and they’re nowhere near done.In this fourth installment of 20 Designers to Watch in 2020 and... read more..

The Jewelry Glossary Project Is Live

Ten definitions related to sourcing are available for use. Here’s why the group behind the glossary will keep revising it.Last year I came back from Tucson with a few observations, one of which was th... read more..

Piece of the Week: Wendy Yue’s Lunar New Year Ring

The Chinese jewelry designer’s ring represents the Year of the Rat.Saturday, Jan. 25 is the Lunar New Year, marking the biggest holiday of the year for countries like China and Korea. In western cultu... read more..

8 Predictions for the 2020 Tucson Gem Shows

“Classic Blue,” bright colors and geometric cuts with clean lines are expected to take center stage this year.New York—It’s almost that time of year again, when many in the industry will head to Tucso... read more..

Manufacturer Kim International Bolsters Sales Team

Tim Watts will oversee sales in the Southeast while Scott Bates will head the lower Midwest.Dallas—Kim International Manufacturing has added two new members to its sales force.Tim Watts will take char... read more..

HRD Antwerp Appoints New CEO

Ellen Joncheere has a background in the automobile industry and environmental services. Antwerp, Belgium—Diamond grading company HRD Antwerp has announced its new CEO. Ellen Joncheere started in t... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: January Birthstone Joy

We can’t let the month end without pausing to celebrate the beauty of garnet.January is flying by. However, we can’t let it end without pausing to celebrate the beauty of garnet, the month’s official ... read more..
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