February 2020

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Coronavirus forces the cancellation of two major shows, the NRF makes predictions for the year ahead, a new podcast, and more.New York—Did you miss the top jewelry headlines last week? Catch up with t... read more..

Baselworld Postponed Until January 2021

The move came after Swiss authorities issued a ban on large-scale events Friday due to concerns about the coronavirus.Basel, Switzerland—Following a ban issued Friday by Swiss authorities on large-sca... read more..

Aurate to Host Jewelry Trade-In Day at SoHo Store

The direct-to-consumer fine jewelry brand is helping customers clean out their jewelry boxes in honor of International Women’s Day.New York—For International Women’s Day, Aurate is allowing customers ... read more..

Gem Legacy Raising Funds for Solar Panel for Kenyan Orphanage

The giving campaign will help lower the electricity costs for the Mwatate Children’s Home.Royal Oak, Mich.—Industry nonprofit Gem Legacy has launched a project to supply a children’s orphanage in Keny... read more..

Where Victoria’s Secret Went Wrong

The once-mighty retailer’s recent struggles are a testament to the importance of listening to your customers, Associate Editor Lenore Fedow writes.The last time I entered a Victoria’s Secret store was... read more..

Piece of the Week: Emily Wheeler’s Drift Earrings

They’re inspired by days at the beach.Glamour meets a day at the beach in Emily P. Wheeler’s “Kitty Hawk” collection, inspired by 1980s windsurfing culture in North Carolina—neon sails, wetsuits and d... read more..

Coronavirus Forces Cancellation of Watches & Wonders Geneva

The show formerly known as SIHH was scheduled to take place in two months.Geneva—The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has canceled the show formerly known as SIHH due to COVID-19 coronavirus after the... read more..

Retail Sales Could Grow As Much As 4% in 2020, NRF Says

A high level of consumer confidence and gains in household income are signs of a strong year ahead, the National Retail Federation said.Washington—In the face of uncertainty surrounding the coronaviru... read more..

WJA Is Getting the Jewelry World on Board for ‘March Is Me Month’

Signet, Macy’s, Richline Group and Stuller are some of the big names participating in the consumer-facing campaign.New York—Earlier this year, the Women’s Jewelry Association announced its first consu... read more..

Borsheims Promotes Jaci Stuifbergen to Marketing Manager

She has been with the jewelry retailer since 2012.Omaha, Neb.—Borsheims has promoted Jaci Stuifbergen to the role of marketing manager. In her new position, Stuifbergen will manage the retailer’s mark... read more..

See All the New Colored Lab-Grown Diamonds from Swarovski

From “Androgyny Flamingo” to “Surrealist Butter,” here are the 16 man-made stones Swarovski introduced in Paris.Paris—Swarovski’s lab-grown diamonds now come in colors. Launched at Paris Haute Couture... read more..

Alrosa Digs Up First Large Colored Diamond at New Deposit

The 17.44-carat gem-quality yellow diamond is from the Verkhne-Munskoye deposit.Moscow—Alrosa has announced the recovery of the first large colored diamond from its newest deposit. The miner said it r... read more..

Mint Condition: McDonald’s Made a $90K Golden Shamrock Shake

The fast-food giant is celebrating the dessert’s 50th anniversary with the auction of a one-of-a-kind 18-karat gold, diamond and emerald cup.Chicago—It’s the Shamrock Shake’s 50th anniversary, and McD... read more..

Plumb Club Adds Samuel B, Shefi to Its Roster

The two companies will exhibit in the Plumb Club Pavilion at the upcoming JCK Las Vegas Show.New York—The Plumb Club added two new members to its roster, welcoming Samuel B and Shefi.The companies joi... read more..

Oscar Heyman’s Marvin Heyman Dies at 89

He is remembered as a selfless, modest and loving man of few words.Leeds, Mass.— Marvin Solomon Heyman, the second generation at renowned jewelry house Oscar Heyman & Brothers, died Sunday. He was... read more..

Lucara Found 31 Diamonds Over 100 Carats Last Year

Recoveries included the 1,758-carat Sewelô diamond, which it is cutting in partnership with Louis Vuitton.Vancouver, British Columbia—Sales climbed 9 percent in 2019 for Lucara Diamond Corp. and it ag... read more..

Designer’s Diary: An Appreciation for Craftsmanship

A trip to the Oscar Heyman workshop in New York got Vittoria d’Aste-Surcouf thinking about the difficulty of building something that lasts in this fast-paced world.During a quick trip to New York City... read more..

Atlanta Jewelry Show to Offer an Interactive Retail Experience

The March edition of the jewelry trade show will feature its own retail store prototype, host a piercing party, and challenge attendees to a gift wrap battle.Atlanta—The Southern Jewelry Travelers Ass... read more..

De Beers Expects to Up Diamond Production This Year

The company has a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2020 despite a down year in 2019 and various economic challenges, including coronavirus.London—De Beers Group expects to up diamond production this ... read more..

Activist Livia Firth Documents ‘The Diamonds of Botswana’

The sustainability champion visited diamond mining communities in the country for her new short-form documentary series, Fashionscapes.New York—One well-known sustainability champion recently visited ... read more..

Castle Gap Jewelry Celebrates Founder’s 100th Birthday

Maxine Bennet turns 100 this month, and the jewelry store she founded is pulling out all the stops for her centennial celebration.Dallas—Maxine Bennet, founder of Castle Gap Jewelry in Dallas, will ri... read more..

The Couture Show Now Has Its Own Podcast

Released monthly, it features members of the jewelry trade show’s community in conversation with publicist Michelle Orman.New York—The Couture fine jewelry trade show has launched its own podcast high... read more..

5 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

A major retail executive steps down, a collection of favorite quotes, Tucson musings, and more.New York—Did you miss out on all the news in the jewelry world because you were off last week?Catch up wi... read more..

Longtime Retail CEO Les Wexner to Step Down

Les Wexner, CEO of L Brands, will depart once the company closes a deal to sell its Victoria’s Secret brand.Columbus, Ohio—Fashion retailer L Brands Inc. announced Thursday that founder and longtime C... read more..

Stuller’s Bench Jeweler Workshop Returns Next Month

The annual event, slated for March 27 and 28, will bring back the live Battle of the Benches competition.Lafayette, La.—Stuller is bringing its annual event for bench jewelers back to its Louisiana he... read more..

Star Rays Aims for Carbon Neutrality

The diamond exporter set the goal of becoming India’s first carbon-neutral diamond company.Mumbai—Diamond exporter Star Rays has set a goal to become India’s first carbon-neutral diamond company.A com... read more..

Piece of the Week: Jan Leslie’s Dreamy Gummy Bears

These delicious little guys won our hearts as cufflinks, and now they’re doing the same on these rings.The latest creations from New York-based jewelry designer Jan Leslie just scream, Is it spring ye... read more..

Fink’s, Mayors, Breitling Opening New Stores

The retailers are expanding in 2020, planning store openings across the United States.New York—A few notable retailers are looking to expand in the new decade, planning store openings for the year ahe... read more..

Edward Kahn, Patriarch of the House of Kahn, Dies at 103

The Holocaust survivor came to the United States more than 60 years ago and built a well-known and well-respected estate jewelry business.Chicago—Edward Kahn, one of the oldest living Holocaust surviv... read more..

‘Jewelry in America’ Is the Theme of the ASJRA Conference

The annual history-focused event is scheduled to take place April 4 in New York.New York—The Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA) announced the dates, location and lineup for ... read more..
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