October 2020

This Gem Cutter Won Spectrum’s ‘Best of Show’ Award Again

David Nassi of 100% Natural Ltd. took the top honor for the second year in a row with a big pair of spessartite garnets.Dallas—The American Gem Trade Association has announced the winners of the 2020 ... read more..

Tiffany, LVMH Deal Receives EU Approval

The companies are reportedly in talks to lower the acquisition price, in line with what analysts had expected.New York—The Tiffany & Co. and LVMH deal has cleared the final regulatory hurdle, with... read more..

These 5 Blue Diamonds Are Up for Sale

The Type IIb stones, which range in size from 10 to 26 carats, are being offered via a tender that closes in late November.London—Petra Diamonds Ltd. is selling the five blue diamonds it recovered fro... read more..

Stellene Volandes Has a New Jewelry Book Out

“Jewels That Made History: 101 Stones, Myths, and Legends” is out from Rizzoli this month.New York—Famed jewelry lover and Town & Country Editor-in-Chief Stellene Volandes has a new book out this ... read more..

ASA Offers Class to BriteCo Jewelry Appraisal Network

It’s the fruit of a partnership between the American Society of Appraisers and the jewelry insurance company.Chicago—Jewelry appraisal and insurance company BriteCo and the American Society of Apprais... read more..

Melissa Kaye Just Solidified Chains as the Hottest Current Jewelry Trend

Her “Ada” chain was years in the making.New York—Melissa Kaye has debuted a near-perfect chain that has been years in the making. Chains have been a hot jewelry trend for the last few years, but, like... read more..

JSA Says There’s Been a Spike in Distraction Thefts

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance also offered tips for preventing such thefts in a recent email alert about the uptick.New York—The Jewelers’ Security Alliance has noticed, and is tracking, an uptick i... read more..

The Plumb Club Teams up with FIT on Mentoring Program

The organization will also bring top students to The Plumb Club Pavilion at JCK Las Vegas.New York—The Plumb Club will take a few aspiring jewelry designers under its wings.The organization has partne... read more..

Quality Gold Ships 2020-2021 Books in Time for the Holidays

The fall distribution of its catalogs is one of the company’s largest as it makes up for delays caused by the pandemic.Fairfield, Ohio—Due to the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Quality Gold... read more..

5 Industry Observations Based on the Latest JBT Data

Jewelers Board of Trade President Erich Jacobs talked with National Jeweler about continuing trends in the jewelry industry, a K-shaped recovery and his expectations for Q4.New York—The Jewelers Board... read more..

Meet the New WJA Cindy Edelstein Scholarship Awardee

Olivia Shih is a Taiwanese and American jewelry designer based in Oakland, California.Oakland, Calif.—The Women’s Jewelry Association has announced the 2020 Cindy Edelstein Jewelry Design Scholarship ... read more..

Longtime JCK Editor Rob Bates Pens Mystery Novel

Bates’s debut novel, “A Murder is Forever: The Diamond District Mystery Series,” combines his industry expertise with a murder mystery storyline.New York—Rob Bates, news director for JCK, has channele... read more..

GSI Offers Online Lab-Grown Diamond Course

The online course will cover the history of lab-grown diamonds, growth identification, detection, and more.New York—Lab-grown diamonds have been the talk of the town for a while.Gemological Science In... read more..

Dive Into the Oscar Heyman Holiday Catalog for Some Major Gem Endorphins

It’s the first interactive digital catalog from the jeweler.New York—The holiday season will shine bright if Oscar Heyman has anything to do with it. Known for its annual holiday catalog filled with i... read more..

Video: A Jewelry Historian on Her Favorite Royal Jewels

Helen Molesworth shares the stories behind some of most notable royal jewels that have come up for auction, like Princess Margaret’s tiara.New York—Take a big stone and put it in the auction block, an... read more..

Study Gauges Fine Jewelry Shoppers’ Holiday 2020 Attitudes

Commissioned by Platinum Guild International, it shows that millennials and Gen Z are the most likely to purchase fine jewelry.New York—According to a survey Platinum Guild International commissioned,... read more..

Kering’s Jewelry Brands Suffer in Q3 Amid Tourism Halt

Boucheron and Qeelin performed well in the Asia Pacific region, but struggled elsewhere as tourist numbers dwindled.Paris—Kering posted hopeful third-quarter results Thursday, pointing to a recovery a... read more..

A DeVotion to Voting, Expressed Via Jewelry

New York-based designer Jules Kim wants people to dedicate themselves to activism beyond Nov. 3.A few weeks ago, I opened an email from New York City-based jewelry designer Jules Kim about the launch ... read more..

Piece of the Week: Milamore’s Kintsugi Pendant

It enlists a traditional Japanese technique that celebrates imperfection.Kintsugi is the traditional Japanese art of repairing broken ceramic pottery by mending the broken pieces with a combination of... read more..

An Online Trading Platform Created by the Trade, for the Trade

Expand your ability to both source and sell product safely and securely. Brought To You By The International Antique Jewelers Association {youtube}CPp6GsIhVAw{/youtube} The Jewelers Circle, a subsc... read more..

These Jewels Gifted by Queen Victoria Are Heading to Auction

There’s a diamond, emerald and ruby locket and a 19th-century pearl and diamond brooch/pendant, both gifts to her goddaughters.Cambridge, U.K.—She was a queen whose long reign still holds fascination ... read more..

A Movie About the ‘Radium Girls’ Is Coming Out

It uses composite characters to tell the story of the women who were sickened painting clock and watch dials with radium to make them glow in the dark.New York—The story of the women who were sickened... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Political Statement Jewelry

These are the perfect accessories to wear to the polls.With election season upon us and the world gripped by the pandemic, jewelry has become a way for individuals to make both political and personal ... read more..

Diamonds Do Good to Host Virtual Natural Diamond Event

The event, featuring speakers from Pomellato, Ben Bridge Jewelers, and more, will focus on promoting natural diamonds.New York—Diamonds Do Good is teaming up with the Young Diamantaires group to hold ... read more..

Thelma West Creates the Diamond Rings Dreams Are Made Of

The designer based in London and Lagos proves that simple doesn’t have to be boring.It started, as it so often does, with an Instagram scroll. On my feed, a 5-carat pear-shaped diamond solitaire ring... read more..

Barton Clay Fine Jewelers Names New President

Jewelry industry veteran David Norman stepped into the role earlier this month.Birmingham, Ala.—Barton Clay Fine Jewelers has named industry veteran David Norman its new president. Norman brings more... read more..

Vincent Polisano, of Diana Vincent Jewelry Designs, Dies at 63

The jeweler, half of the husband-and-wife team behind the business, was known for being full of life and always having a smile on his face.Washington Crossing, Pa.—Vincent “Vinny” Polisano, a retailer... read more..

September Retail Sales Surpass Expectations

The National Retail Federation is hopeful for the holiday season following better-than-expected results in September.New York—Consumer spending in the U.S. rose at a faster-than-expected pace in Septe... read more..

Cullinan Mine Owner Pulls Itself Off the Market

Petra Diamonds Ltd. has given up on finding a buyer and will enter into a debt-for-equity restructuring.London—Petra Diamonds Ltd. is calling off the sale process and handing itself over to lenders in... read more..

Why the Trade Has Been Getting Back Invoices from Brinks

National Jeweler speaks with a Brinks executive about a situation that has been causing major frustration for members of the jewelry industry.New York—Over the past several months, many members of the... read more..
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