May 2020

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..

JA New York Cancels August Show

The fall edition of JA New York will go on as scheduled, Oct. 25 to 27.New York—JA New York has canceled its August trade show, joining a number of industry events changing plans in light of the coron... read more..

De Beers Names Sally Morrison PR Director of Natural Diamonds

She previously served as CMO of its lab-grown diamond brand, Lightbox Jewelry.New York—De Beers Group’s Sally Morrison is changing roles, moving from the lab-grown to the mined diamond side. De Beers ... read more..

JC Penney Goes Chapter 11, Could Close 200 Stores

The department store chain filed for bankruptcy late Friday amid mounting debt and pandemic-related losses.Plano, Texas— J.C. Penney Co. Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Friday as ... read more..

This 30-Carat Yellow Diamond Heads to Online Auction This Week

Freeman’s Jewelry and Watches auction features 125 lots of big diamonds and gems, vintage and antique jewels, and signed pieces.Philadelphia—A 29.84-carat radiant-cut fancy light yellow diamond will b... read more..

WFDB Selects Board for New Diamond Trading Platform

The board for Get Diamonds, the platform launched to compete with RapNet, will have 12 members.Antwerp, Belgium—The World Federation of Diamond Bourses has assembled a board of directors for Get Diamo... read more..

10 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Updates on jewelry trade shows, a new coronavirus relief bill is unveiled, Jared is hosting virtual weddings, and more.New York—Among the major headlines last week was a new coronavirus relief bill pr... read more..

10 Questions with De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver

De Beers’ top executive speaks on India’s call for a rough import moratorium, marketing in a post-pandemic world and the resiliency of diamonds.London—Late last month, leaders of the gem and jewelry i... read more..

Richemont’s Jewelry Sales Resilient in a Rough Q4

The luxury titan behind Cartier and Van Cleef posted an 18 percent drop in quarterly sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.Geneva—Richemont posted a double-digit drop in fourth-quarter sales as the COVI... read more..

5 Thoughts on Economic Recovery from NRF, IMF

In two separate reports, economists from the National Retail Federation and the International Monetary Fund discussed consumer confidence and preventing future pandemics.New York—The COVID-19 pandemic... read more..

Piece of the Week: Ananya’s Ruby and Pink Opal Earrings

Liven up quarantine with high glamour.Glamorous and multicultural, Ananya Fine Jewellery is just the antidote to a monotonous, sweatpant-filled quarantine.The London-based brand, which counts an India... read more..

Christie’s Selling Largest D-Color Diamond Ever Offered at Online Auction

The nearly 29-carat diamond will headline the Jewels Online sale next month. New York—Auction houses have pivoted jewelry and watch sales online due to COVID-19, and Christie’s is pushing the envelope... read more..

The Jewelry Insider’s Guide to ‘The Sopranos’

A well-known woman in the jewelry world helped shape the stylistic narrative of one of the most iconic television series of all time.You might know Lauren Kulchinsky Levison as the uber-fashionable pr... read more..

2 More Organizations Make Changes to 2020 Schedule

IJO has cancelled its July show while MJSA pushed back its Expo to March 2021.New York—Two more jewelry industry events have adjusted their 2020 schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IJO announced th... read more..

House Democrats Propose $3T Coronavirus Relief Bill

The plan includes provisions for small businesses, including changes to the Paycheck Protection Program.Washington, D.C.—House Democrats unveiled a new $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill Tuesday afte... read more..

Simon G. Launches E-Commerce to Support Retailers

The jewelry brand is selling direct-to-consumer on its website, with profits going to the retail partner closest to the customer.New York—Simon G. has gone direct-to-consumer for the first time to sup... read more..
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