December 2020

These Were Our 10 Most Popular Stories of the Year

Stories about diamonds, particularly diamond engagement rings, dominated.New York—So, what were National Jeweler readers most interested in learning more about in this most unusual year? The answers m... read more..

Watch: National Jeweler’s Editors Look Back at 2020

In the latest webinar, the editorial team talks about their favorite stories and highlights from the year.New York—National Jeweler’s most recent webinar looked at the year through articles. During th... read more..

London Jewelers Has a Fresh New Look

The 94-year-old New York jeweler just renovated its Manhasset flagship.Manhasset, N.Y.—London Jewelers has taken advantage of pandemic downtime, renovating its flagship location.The fourth-generation,... read more..

Bharat Diamond Bourse to Trade Lab-Grown Diamonds

The Mumbai bourse’s managing committee is outlining guidelines before the trading begins.Mumbai, India—The Bharat Diamond Bourse in Mumbai approved the trading of lab-grown diamonds at its annual gene... read more..

See Both of The Bachelorette’s Engagement Rings Up Close

They’re designed by the reality show’s long-standing jeweler Neil Lane.Los Angeles—Even as a pandemic raged, long-running reality show “The Bachelorette” went on.Instead of the dating show’s typical a... read more..

CNBC Show Explores the Diamond District

The new “Streets of Dreams with Marcus Lemonis” series shines a spotlight on 47th Street and some familiar industry faces.New York—New York City’s Diamond District was once again in the spotlight.This... read more..

20+ Tucson Gem, Mineral Shows Postponed to April

This includes the JOGS show for jewelry professionals, which will now be held from April 7 to 18, 2021.Tucson, Ariz.—Nearly two dozen Tucson gem and mineral shows that usually take place in early Febr... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: New Year’s Sparkle

This year’s celebrations might be different, but we can still send the year out the right way: with bling.New Year’s Eve celebrations will not be the same as they have been in years past. Group celebr... read more..

In Memoriam: The People We Said Goodbye to in 2020

National Jeweler remembers those the trade lost during a difficult year.New York—It’s never easy to say goodbye to family, friends or colleagues, but it was made even more difficult this year by the c... read more..

Pomellato Celebrates 10 Years in Chicago With New Boutique

Its store in the tony Gold Coast neighborhood has moved just down the block and updated its look.Chicago—Pomellato is celebrating 10 years of being in Chicago by relocating its Oak Street boutique to ... read more..

157-Carat Diamond Recovered from Gahcho Kué Mine

The discovery marks the largest diamond found by Mountain Province Diamonds.Toronto—Mountain Province Diamonds Inc announced its biggest diamond find to date from the Gahcho Kué mine located in Canada... read more..

Roberto Demeglio’s New Collection Is Coming Stateside

A partnership with Beny Sofer will bring “Ex-Tensible” to U.S. retailers.New York—Roberto Demeglio is launching the latest chapter of its stretchy diamond tennis bracelets in the United States.The Ita... read more..

On Data: How Independents Are Doing in December

Sherry Smith breaks down gross sales, average retail sale and more for independent jewelers in the first 21 days of the month.The first 21 days of December show independent retailers are up 7 percent ... read more..

This Is My Favorite Fine Jewelry Collection of the Year

Azlee consistently delivers an irresistible modern sophistication, inspired by the past.In a tumultuous year, many fine jewelry designers took the time to look inward, delving into their creative proc... read more..

A Love of Jewelry, Reading and Literacy

One Houston independent is tying these themes together in a jewelry collection that provides books for underprivileged children.My last blog post of the year is normally a roundup of my picks for most... read more..

24 Karat Club of NYC Adds New Members

Robert “Bobby” Kempler of Richline Group was elected as the club’s new chairman.New York—The Twenty-Four Karat Club of the City of New York has elected new officers and welcomed six members during its... read more..

Here’s What’s in the New COVID-19 Relief Bill

The bill includes $325 billion in funds for small businesses.Washington—Congress passed a $908 billion COVID-19 relief bill after months of back and forth over what it should include, marking the seco... read more..

Retail Rewind: The Year of Chapter 11

From Neiman Marcus to Lord & Taylor, here’s a look back at the biggest bankruptcies of the year and where the retailers are now.Another year, another bankruptcy roundup from National Jeweler’s res... read more..

See Pop Star Ariana Grande’s Unusual Engagement Ring

It’s a two-stone ring and fans think they know the meaning behind it.New York—Blame it on Emma Stone?Last year, the actress announced her engagement, as one does, on Instagram, showcasing a Kataoka pe... read more..

Longtime InStore Salesman Fran Zimniuch Dies at 66

The beloved member of the magazine’s team died last week of complications related to COVID-19.Blackwood, N.J.— Fran Zimniuch, a beloved member of the team at InStore magazine who was also a baseball h... read more..

Customs Seizes Nearly $10M in Counterfeit Jewelry, Watches

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati seized two shipments of pieces labeled as Cartier, Tiffany, Rolex, Patek Phillippe and more.Cincinnati—U.S. Customs and Border Protection offi... read more..

Coach’s Corner: ‘Tis The Season to Set Goals for 2021

Pat Henneberry is all about setting goals for her physical therapy sessions, and she wants to help you do the same for your business.We are coming to the end of the year, a year that many people will ... read more..

Lucapa Finds 2 More 100-Carat-Plus Diamonds

The recovery of a 101-carat diamond in Lesotho followed right after the miner found a 127-carat stone in Angola.Perth, Australia—Lucapa Diamond Company found two more big stones this month. The miner ... read more..

MJSA Elects Joseph Esposito as Board Chair

He succeeds Steven Cipolla, who will now serve as chair of the Education Foundation, while David Siminski has been elected vice chair.New York—MJSA has elected Joseph Esposito as chair of its board of... read more..

5 Things to Know About Quarantine Proposals, Engagement Rings

In this year unlike any other, newly engaged couples spent less but celebrated just as much.New York—From limited shopping opportunities to ever-changing pandemic conditions, newly engaged couples had... read more..

James Breski, Colored Stone Jewelry Wholesaler, Dies at 75

Known for his knowledge, expertise, wit and humor, the industry veteran died from complications related to COVID-19.Chicago—James Breski, a longtime colored gemstone and jewelry wholesaler, died Dec. ... read more..

Watch: 2 Experts Break Down the Hottest Bridal Jewelry Trends

Severine Ferrari of Engagement 101 and The Knot’s Shelley Brown talk trending shapes, pandemic shopping, and the average cost of an engagement ring right now.New York—What are the most popular center ... read more..

IJO Cancels Spring Conference

It will instead host a virtual event in February but still plans to hold its August conference in Kansas City.New York—Add IJO to the list of organizations canceling events for early 2021. The Indepen... read more..

Piece of the Week: Bea Bongiasca’s On-Trend Yellow Ring

The enamel in this piece is the same shade as one of Pantone’s picks for 2021 Color of the Year.Italian designer Bea Bongiasca is known for her use of brightly colored enamel that’s shaped into classi... read more..

Retail Sales Dip in November as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Consumers will need additional fiscal stimulus from Congress, said National Retail Federation CEO Matthew Shay.New York—Consumer spending in the United States fell in November as the number of new COV... read more..
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