November 2020

Beloved Designer Lecil Henderson Dies Suddenly at 62

He was known for his gregarious nature and always treating everyone like family.Charlotte, N.C.—Lecil Henderson, founder of The Henderson Collection by Lecil, died of a heart attack Sunday night. He w... read more..

Arrests Made in Green Vault Jewelry Heist Case

Authorities have not recovered any of the 18th century royal jewels that were stolen, but museum officials remain hopeful.Berlin—Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the theft of 18th ... read more..

Repossi Has a New CEO

LVMH looked to one of its own who was key in the jewelry brand’s acquisition.Paris—LVMH has named one of its own the new CEO for fourth-generation jewelry house Repossi, a spokesperson confirmed to Na... read more..

Movado’s Q3 Sales Slide 17%

Bright spots for the American watchmaker included sales in Europe and growth in the online channel.Paramus, N.J.—Movado Group weathered another tough quarter, recording a double-digit slide in both ne... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: 7 Tips for Salespeople This Holiday Season

Peter Smith winds down the year with lessons on smizing, the importance of body language and closing the sale.“The future ain’t what it used to be.” That poignant saying was credited to the great and ... read more..

Customs Seizes $21M in Jewelry at Michigan Border

The undeclared jewels were headed to a New York auction house.Detroit—U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized $20.7 million worth of jewelry at the U.S.-Canada border last week that was undeclared. ... read more..

Tiffany’s Q3 Buoyed by Online, Asia-Pacific Sales

The jeweler’s retail sales in mainland China were up more than 70 percent in the third quarter.New York—Tiffany & Co.’s worldwide sales showed signs of hope in the third quarter, bolstered by a st... read more..

NRF Predicts Happy Holidays for Retailers

Holiday sales could rise more than 5 percent this season, but the rising number of new COVID-19 cases remains a threat.New York—The National Retail Federation’s forecast for the holiday season is merr... read more..

PGI, Pratt Partner on Student Jewelry Design Competition

Winners will produce their designs with local New York City manufacturers.New York—Platinum Guild International is collaborating with renowned Brooklyn, New York art school Pratt Institute. The former... read more..

ALROSA Polished Diamonds Will Pioneer the Provenance Section of Get-Diamonds

The ALROSA Provenance program will be the first to offer polished diamonds with proven guarantees of origin within this section. Brought To You By ALROSA Get-Diamonds, the world’s largest online mar... read more..

Watches of Switzerland Sets Sights On Expansion

The company will be opening mono-brand TAG Heuer, Breitling and Omega boutiques in five states.New York—The Watches of Switzerland Group’s retail expansion is underway, as the luxury watch company gro... read more..

Watch: Communicating in Times of Crisis

Two leading fine jewelry publicists weigh in on how to speak with customers during a global health crisis, and in times of social and political turmoil.New York—The old adage in communications was for... read more..

Royal Chain’s New Collection Pays Homage to the 1920s

It’s all about bold, Art Deco-inspired gold.New York—Times may be uncertain, but Royal Chain is finding a lot of parallels between now and a century ago.While today we are experiencing the COVID-19 pa... read more..

Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2021 Gem Awards

The awards committee is accepting submissions in five categories, including jewelry design and retail innovation.New York—Those looking to nominate an individual or a company for a 2021 Gem Award can ... read more..

AGA: There Will Be No 2021 Bonanno Award

The association’s annual Tucson conference, meanwhile, will go virtual.San Diego—The Accredited Gemologists Association will postpone the next Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology. The... read more..

Watch: A Webinar on Hosting Virtual Events

National Jeweler chats with two experts about how jewelers and designers can best connect with clients during the season ahead.New York—The year has forced a quick pivot for businesses, from enhancing... read more..

Silverscape Designs Set to Close Amid Owner’s Retirement

Wally Perlman stepped in to run his late brother Denis’ jewelry store after a tragic plane crash but is heading into retirement after 20 years.Northampton, Mass.—Silverscape Designs is closing up shop... read more..

Taking Care of Business: GWS Puts Elvis Ring Up for Auction

Its “Artifacts of Hollywood and Music” sale also features Omega and Bulova watches owned by Muhammad Ali and Greta Garbo.Los Angeles—GWS Auctions is taking care of business this month. At its “Artifac... read more..

Geneva Watch Show Pivots to Online-Only Format

Watches & Wonders Geneva canceled its in-person show slated for April 2021, while the show formerly known as Baselworld is still set to go on.Geneva—Watches & Wonders Geneva, the show formerly... read more..

Piece of the Week: Reinstein Ross’ Chrysoprase Pendant

Why not adorn yourself with your favorite Greek goddess?Personalized jewelry always has an audience, from initials to zodiacs, but if looking for something a little less prosaic, why not consider ador... read more..

GJX Cancels 2021 Tucson Trade Show

It joins the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in deciding there are too many risks and obstacles to hold the event early next year.Tucson, Ariz.—Organizers of the GJX trade show in Tucson, Arizona have can... read more..

October Retail Sales Rise, Marking Sixth Month of Growth

Early holiday shopping bolstered retail sales in October, according to the National Retail Federation.New York—Consumer spending in the United States was on the rise in October as shoppers got a head ... read more..

See the De Beers Designer Capsule Collection for Charity

It will go on sale in December at Sotheby’s.New York—The De Beers capsule collection created by five leading independent jewelry designers—dubbed “ReSet”—is here. The collaboration between the d... read more..

Silver Price Expected to Rise Another 39% in 2021

This follows a significant uptick this year, according to the Silver Institute, even as global jewelry demand was down.New York—Much as it has done for gold this year, the COVID-19 pandemic boosted th... read more..

Jay Siskin, a Respected Industry Figure Known for His Smile, Dies at 70

Husband of designer Penny Preville and president of the company that bears her name, Siskin passed away Nov. 15 after a brief battle with liver cancer.New York—Jay Brian Siskin, husband of designer Pe... read more..

Why Gübelin Wants Us To Talk About Gemstones Like Wine

The lab’s new Gemstone Rating evaluates the quality, rarity and salience of a stone to assign it a numerical value from 75 to 100.Lucerne, Switzerland—The Gübelin Gem Lab wants to make it easier to ta... read more..

The World Is Listening

Today’s consumer wants to shop with companies that share their values, and they aren’t afraid to call out those that stay silent on matters of social injustice and inequity.Traditionally, consumer-fac... read more..

Richard Kern, Former Owner of Churchill Jewelers, Dies at 97

The World War II veteran and longtime active member of the jewelry industry is remembered for his kindness and generosity.Santa Barbara, Calif.—Richard M. “Dick” Kern, the longtime owner of Churchill ... read more..

Frederick Goldman Hires Manager for Independent Channel

Watch industry veteran Lauren Calmas will be tasked with handling the manufacturer’s independent jeweler division.Secaucus, N.J.—Frederick Goldman, Inc. appointed Lauren Calmas its senior vice preside... read more..

This Company Is the New Distributor for the DiaCam360

The fully automated instrument allows users to take 360-degree pictures of diamonds, no technical or photography skills needed.New York—Sy Kessler Sales/GemOro is the new official global master distri... read more..
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