May 2020

10 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

News from Alrosa and AGS, all about the nurse who won the Omi pendant, a pandemic doctor’s Patek Philippe pocket watch, and more.New York—Alrosa announced a steep cut in diamond production for 2020 wh... read more..

Stuller Hosts Month-Long Virtual Event

The jewelry supplier’s online event will showcase new products, host live Q&A sessions, and more throughout the month of June.Lafayette, La.—Stuller is holding its first virtual event, Stuller Con... read more..

Piece of the Week: Bare Fine Jewelry’s Trillion Ring

It’s a look for channeling one’s inner superhero.Jewelry with meaning—whether personalized to the wearer or with symbolic motifs—has become even more popular among fine jewelry consumers than usual du... read more..

Patek Philippe Given to 1918 Pandemic Doctor Heads to Auction

Physician Rupert Blue led the U.S. through several disease outbreaks in the early 1900s and eventually was named surgeon general.Dallas—In 1918, a devastating pandemic known as the Spanish flu was rav... read more..

Forevermark Expands E-Commerce, Launches Capsule Collection

The De Beers-owned diamond brand has partnered with stylist Micaela Erlanger to create a diamond and platinum bridal capsule collection.New York—Forevermark is expanding its website’s capabilities and... read more..

Rembrandt Charms’ Latest Contest Benefits COVID-19 ‘Heroes’

Entrants must describe a nominee using Rembrandt charm styles.Williamsville, N.Y.—Rembrandt Charms’ new contest aims to honor heroes. The “Tell Your Story, Heroes Edition” contest asks participants t... read more..

Pandora Joins Site That Lets Customers Virtually Unwrap Gifts

The company has more than 1,000 items for sale on SmartGift as it focuses on online sales during the pandemic.New York—In the midst of COVID-19 store closures, Pandora, like so many companies, has bee... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: 20 Songs for Sanity’s Sake

Seventy-plus days into isolation, Peter Smith takes a break from sharing reopening tips to give us his ultimate lockdown playlist.I got one of those Facebook suggestions from my friend, Haygo, last we... read more..

Royal Chain’s Latest Offerings Are All About Italy

The Piazza Di Spagna collection is made in Italy, where factory restrictions were lifted earlier this month.New York—Italian factory restrictions were lifted earlier this month after closure due to th... read more..

BIG’s Ann Arnold Named New JBT Chair

Arnold volunteered with the organization for nearly 12 years before taking the reins.Warwick, R.I.—The Jewelers Board of Trade has named industry veteran Ann Arnold its new chair.Arnold, the chief str... read more..

This Mississippi Nurse Won Omi’s Pendant Giveaway

Jesica M. is a nurse practitioner who has continued to go into work throughout the crisis while also coordinating testing statewide.Los Angeles—A health care worker from Mississippi who has helped coo... read more..

Designers Say E-Commerce, Instagram Sales Provide a COVID-19 Bright Spot

The pandemic has changed fine jewelry sales but not stopped them.New York—More than 30 million Americans have been laid off since nonessential businesses were forced to go remote in March, but some je... read more..

Here’s How AGTA Will Do Its Spectrum Awards This Year

The competition will move back to October, and there are two new categories in the mix.Dallas—The American Gem Trade Association will move forward with its scheduled Spectrum Awards competition this f... read more..

Alrosa To Cut Production Up to 18% This Year

The company said it will mine 28 -31 million carats of diamonds in 2020, down from its initial projection of 34 million carats.Moscow—Alrosa is temporarily suspending production at another diamond dep... read more..

AGS Reopens Labs, Cancels Circle of Distinction Dinner

In light of safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, the annual awards presentation will not be held this July.Las Vegas—The American Gem Society Laboratories have reopened following a temporary... read more..

10 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Retail news from J.C. Penney and James Avery, saying goodbye to a beloved mentor, pre-layered looks, and more.New York—Two Texas-based retailers were in the headlines, with James Avery confirming the ... read more..

30-Carat Yellow Diamond Fails to Sell in Online Auction

The top lot of Freeman’s Jewelry & Watches sale turned out to be a 10.07-carat old European-cut diamond ring, sold for $75,000.Philadelphia—Though clients and collectors have been gobbling up jewe... read more..

Report: Amazon May Postpone Prime Day Until Fall

The annual two-day sale may be on hold as the retailer’s warehouses struggle to keep up with rising demand.Seattle—Amazon’s Prime Day may not happen this July.The annual two-day sale may be postponed ... read more..

Baselworld’s Future, If Any, Remains Unclear

MCH Group shot down rumors it was moving to Lausanne but did confirm one thing—the show, wherever it is, won’t be called Baselworld.New York—The rumor mill is churning concerning the tenuous future of... read more..

Watch: 100 Years of Engagement Rings in 3 Minutes

A Glamour magazine-produced series of fashion shorts streaming on Hulu takes viewers through the trends from the 1920s to today.New York—Looking for something new to watch that’s fun and fast (and les... read more..

Piece of the Week: Nak Armstrong’s Emerald Hoops

Party-ready, they’re just the jewels to kick off a long weekend (at home).Memorial Day weekend heralds the unofficial start to summer—BBQs, get-togethers and beaches are all typically on the agenda. ... read more..

Nomad’s Wants to Inspire You to Design Using Its Gems

Contest winners will receive website credits for gemstone purchases.New York—Colored gemstone cutter and wholesaler Nomad’s Lapidary Co. is keeping the trade inspired with a new design contest featuri... read more..

This Survey Shows a Mother’s Day Demand for Jewelry

A survey from MVI Marketing indicated jewelry was a top gift among those who typically buy in the category, even during the pandemic.New York—A recent survey shows the pandemic didn’t negate Mother’s ... read more..

3 Charged in Robbery, Shooting at TX Jewelry Store

The men were charged in connection with the May 7 armed robbery at Korman Fine Jewelry in which a security guard was seriously injured.Austin, Texas—Three Houston men have been charged in the May 7 ar... read more..

Swarovski Names First Company-Wide Creative Director Amid Exec Shake-Up

Fashion industry veteran Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert will oversee the crystal company’s creative elements.Wattens, Austria—Swarovski has named fashion veteran Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert its first c... read more..

Bob Sears Siragusa, Beloved Mentor to Many, Dies at 72

He brought Maurice Lacroix to the United States and spent more than a decade as president of the U.S. market for the Swiss watch brand.Los Angeles—Robert “Bob” Sears Siragusa, a beloved industry veter... read more..

James Avery to Close Fredericksburg Workshop

The Texas-based jeweler will lay off 82 employees.Kerrville, Texas—James Avery Artisan Jewelry will shutter its workshop in Fredericksburg, Texas, laying off 82 employees.In a letter to the Texas Work... read more..

GIA Resumes Operations at 5 Labs After COVID-19 Shutdowns

The labs in Antwerp, Carlsbad, Gaborone, Johannesburg and Tokyo are open with modified schedules and limited capacities.New York—GIA has reopened five of its labs around the world with modified schedu... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Pre-Layered Necklaces

These styles take the guesswork out of mixing and matching.For many, comfort has been the No. 1 word to describe their go-to style during the COVID-19 pandemic.Thankfully, style is finally coming back... read more..

Creative Connecting: TikTok Tips

In their new social media-focused column, Duvall O’Steen and Jen Cullen Williams break down how jewelers can bring the bling to Gen Z on the popular new app.With 2 billion downloads and more than 800 ... read more..
National Jeweler

Fine Jewelry Industry News

Since 1906, National Jeweler has been the must-read news source for smart jewelry professionals--jewelry retailers, designers, buyers, manufacturers, and suppliers. From market analysis to emerging jewelry trends, we cover the important industry topics vital to the everyday success of jewelry professionals worldwide. National Jeweler delivers the most urgent jewelry news necessary for running your day-to-day jewelry business here, and via our daily e-newsletter, website and other specialty publications, such as "The State of the Majors." National Jeweler is published by Jewelers of America, the leading nonprofit jewelry association in the United States.