July 2020

10 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Saying goodbye to a beloved executive, a surprise store closing, the beautiful gemstones that sold at auction, and more.New York—Last week, news broke that the jewelry industry had lost a beloved exec... read more..

116-Carat Diamond Earns More Than $6M at Auction

And a number of signed jewels smashed their pre-sale estimates at Christie’s New York jewelry auction.New York—Christie’s has announced the results of its New York Magnificent Jewels sale, a jewelry a... read more..

5 Things the Latest JBT Data Tells Us

Jewelers Board of Trade President Erich Jacobs put the number of Q2 store closures in perspective, and gives predictions for the remainder of 2020.New York—Earlier this month, the Jewelers Board of Tr... read more..

There Are 2 More Changes to the Global Jewelry Event Calendar

GemGenève has adjusted its November show dates and the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair pushed its fall event to early 2021.New York—Two more changes have been made to the international jewelry event sch... read more..

Packaging Company Rocket Cuts Ribbon on Midwest Factory

The jewelry packaging and display company opened a 43,000-square-foot facility in Ohio to better serve its customers in the Midwest.New York—Packing and display company Rocket opened a new facility in... read more..

Piece of the Week: Man Ray’s Auction Earrings

They sparked a bidding war at Christie’s New York’s Magnificent Jewels sale this week.Signed jewels have been in high demand at auctions in recent years, and consumer desire for them isn’t lightening ... read more..

How Melee Found the Trade Show Sweet Spot

Many jewelry trade shows have tried and failed to present high-caliber design at pricing affordable for independent designers. Melee is the event getting it done.Independent designer jewelry brands ha... read more..

Bob McIntire, a Respected and Kind Executive, Dies at 52

Known for his professionalism and his sense of humor, McIntire spent 20 years running fine jewelry departments for Finlay before moving on to Asurion.Dallas—Robert Dee McIntire, a longtime executive w... read more..

As COVID-19 Cases Rise, July Consumer Confidence Falls

States that experienced an uptick in COVID-19 cases saw large declines in consumer confidence.New York—U.S. consumer confidence fell in July as COVID-19 cases continued to rise, posing a threat to an ... read more..

Fabienne Lupo Steps Down as Head of FHH

She had served as president and CEO of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie since its founding 15 years ago.Geneva—The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has announced that longtime President and CEO Fa... read more..

A Swarovski Created Diamond is Colors and Cuts Brilliant Beyond Nature

The new Swarovski Created Diamond retail program now allows Swarovski’s customers to experience a reassuring mix of one of the top brands, together with all the advantages of the fastest-growing categ... read more..

To Sell, Or Not To Sell: That’s the Lab-Grown Question

More and more companies sell lab-grown diamonds, forcing jewelers to decide: Should I carry them, or not?Some retailers won’t touch lab-grown diamonds. They see them as inferior products that aren’t r... read more..

Boucheron, Pomellato Struggle in Kering’s H1

The jewelry brands’ limited exposure to the recovering Asia-Pacific market dulled their performance in the first half of the year.Paris—Luxury conglomerate Kering said the first half of its fiscal yea... read more..

This Popstar’s Massive Engagement Ring Shows Classic Styles Are Trending

Singer and actress Demi Lovato joined the ranks of celebrities who prefer a particular diamond cut.Los Angeles—You might have heard of the quarantine divorce. Meet its infinitely preferable cousin—the... read more..

Atlanta Jewelry Show to Host Virtual Show in September

It will complement the live jewelry trade show happening in October.Atlanta—The Atlanta Jewelry Show is one of the few 2020 jewelry events slated to go on despite COVID-19, but in case retailers are n... read more..

These 2 Kashmir Sapphires Sold for $1.6M at Auction

One went for more than two times its pre-sale low estimate at Bonhams’ New York Jewels sale Tuesday.New York—Two exceptional Kashmir sapphires led the Bonhams New York Jewels auction Tuesday, with one... read more..

The Year the Shows Went Dark

COVID-19 has quieted the usually bustling world of trade shows and events in 2020. Where do we go from here?The March gem and jewelry shows in Hong Kong were the first to succumb to COVID-19 cautions.... read more..

Why Neiman Marcus Is Closing Its Hudson Yards Store

The department store chain is rethinking its store count as its customer base shifts to online shopping.New York—Neiman Marcus is moving out of Hudson Yards, the slick, uber-chic development on the we... read more..

LVMH’s Watch, Jewelry Sales Down 38% So Far This Year

Declining orders from retailers have hit TAG Heuer and Hublot hard, though TAG’s new smartwatch has “been a great success.”Paris—To paraphrase Dennis Green, the numbers are what we thought they would ... read more..

Royal Chain Is Asking Stores to Nominate ‘Hero’ Customers

The manufacturer will gift jewelry to community do-gooders monthly.New York—With the help of its retail partners, Royal Chain wants to give back to people around the nation who help their communities.... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: The Need for an Early Christmas

With COVID-19 creating so much uncertainty, retailers need to get in the Christmas spirit sooner rather than later this year, Peter Smith writes.In the 1947 classic “Miracle on 34th Street,” Edmund Gl... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Paper Clip Chains

The simple style is making a big impact now in fine jewelry.Paper clip chains are hot. Perhaps it is the perfect “spirit jewelry” that will define 2020 – something small that is holding it all togethe... read more..

Chopard Flagship Plans Move to Fifth Avenue

The Swiss watch and jewelry company said the move signifies the importance of the U.S. market to its brand.New York—Chopard’s flagship store will soon have a new address.The jeweler’s boutique will mo... read more..

JA, JVC to Hold Webinars on Race, Diversity

Jewelers of America and the Jewelers Vigilance Committee each will hold upcoming webinars to discuss how the jewelry industry can create more ethical and inclusive work environments.New York—The natio... read more..

10 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

De Beers bets money on “try-and-buy,” a royal tiara ranking, layoffs at a big brand and more.New York—The word of the week last week was ... virtual.De Beers sunk an undisclosed amount of money into a... read more..

Baselworld Is Rising From the Ashes as ‘HourUniverse’

In addition, Watches & Wonders, the former SIHH, is planning to hold a show in Shanghai this fall.Basel, Switzerland—MCH Group, the Swiss company that ran the now-defunct Baselworld show, announce... read more..

Zales Is Scoping Out Emerging Jewelry Designers

The retailer’s Designer Spotlight program aims to find up-and-coming jewelers from small and minority-owned businesses to showcase on a new online platform.New York—Zales is on the lookout for up-and-... read more..

See All the Latest Watches from TAG Heuer

The Carrera gets an update, plus limited-edition fare to celebrate 160 years.New York—TAG Heuer’s original racing chronograph, the Carrera, has gained four new models this month. The Carrera original... read more..

AGS Accepting Applications for Conclave 2021

AGS is looking for speakers on gemology, retail innovation, and more for next year’s Conclave in Louisville, Kentucky.Las Vegas—The American Gem Society is getting ready for next year’s Conclave event... read more..

Piece of the Week: Carbon & Hyde’s Diamond Bobby Pin

Perfect for glamour at home.In the age of COVID-19, working from home, homeschooling, and with a presidential election inching ever closer, one has to get one’s kicks where one can.Third-generation je... read more..
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