February 2021

Watch: The Future of Retail With Alysa Teichman of Ylang23

The second-generation business owner shares her insights on retail innovation.Alysa Teichman grew up as a self-professed “shop kid,” when her parents’ fine jewelry business was a mere mall kiosk. In t... read more..

Ronnie Vanderlinden Steps Down as DMIA President After 8 Years

Stuart Samuels of Premier Gem Corp. will succeed him.New York—The Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association of America has new leadership. Ronnie Vanderlinden is stepping down from the role of ... read more..

Signet Raises Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour for US Employees

The company expects the wage increase to go into effect by spring 2022.Akron, Ohio—Signet Jewelers announced Thursday that it will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour for all of its U.S. employees.... read more..

Industry Body Calls for Extra Diligence on Rough from CAR

The World Diamond Council reminds the trade that rough diamond exports from the Central African Republic remain restricted to a handful of “green zones.”New York—The World Diamond Council is calling o... read more..

Piece of the Week: Boucheron’s Convertible Emerald Necklace

Part of the maison’s most recent high jewelry collection, it features over 1,000 emerald carats.Boucheron’s latest high jewelry collection blurred the lines between masculine and feminine, hard and so... read more..

Retail Sales Growth in 2021 Depends on Vaccines, Says NRF

The National Retail Federation is optimistic about the year ahead, so long as the vaccine rollout goes according to plan.Washington, D.C.—The National Retail Federation’s annual forecast called for a ... read more..

De Beers’ 2020 Revenue Declines 27%

The diamond miner and marketer said COVID-19 had a “profound impact” on global diamond supply and demand.London—Sales and diamond production dropped sharply in 2020 for De Beers Group, as COVID-19 had... read more..

Boucheron’s Latest High Jewelry Collection Is an Ode to Art Deco

It draws parallels between today and a past era when gender roles also were evolving, with pieces intended for both women and men.Paris—Boucheron’s latest high jewelry collection draws parallels betwe... read more..

Mid America Jewelers Association Ceases Operations

It has donated its remaining funds to Jewelers for Children and the Ohio Jewelers Education Foundation.Dublin, Ohio—The Mid America Jewelers Association has ceased operations after more than 50 years,... read more..

Industry Leader and Jeweler Herbert Littman Dies at 91

He and his brother grew the largest privately-owned jewelry retail chain in the U.S. before Fred Meyer purchased it in 1998.Boca Raton, Fla.—Herbert Littman, former co-chairman of Elangy Corporation, ... read more..

More Stones with Fraudulent Inscriptions Submitted to GIA

This time, they were either lab-grown diamonds or treated natural diamonds with counterfeit GIA report number inscriptions.New York—The GIA said it recently received more stones with counterfeit GIA r... read more..

Joseph Varjabedian, Founder of Jova and Z.Jova, Dies at 63

A fixture in the jewelry industry, Varjabedian started his business more than two decades ago in New York City’s Diamond District.New York—Jeweler Joseph Varjabedian, a fixture in the New York City Di... read more..

157-Carat Canadian Diamond Goes Up for Sale

Dubbed “Polaris,” the rough diamond is the Gahcho Kué mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories’ largest gem-quality diamond recovered to date.Toronto—The big gem-quality diamond recovered from Canada’s ... read more..

Bergio International Acquires Jewelry E-Tailer Aphrodite’s

The acquisition will merge Bergio’s manufacturing capabilities with Aphrodite’s e-commerce skills.Fairfield, N.J.—Jewelry manufacturer and designer Bergio International has acquired online jewelry ret... read more..

Accutron Revives a Vintage Classic Loved by ‘The King’

Elvis Presley wore the original version, which the watchmaker has acquired.New York—There’s always a demand for vintage timepieces, so Accutron is bringing back one of its most beloved editions.Part o... read more..

AGTA Calls Off Tentative Plans for April Gem Show

The organization said it’s come to the determination that producing a Tucson show “would not be viable this year.”Dallas—It’s official—there will be no AGTA Tucson GemFair in 2021. Late Monday, the Da... read more..

On Data: All About Valentine’s Day Jewelry Sales

V-Day was sweet for jewelers this year, and it has independent jewelers off to a strong start in 2021.In more normal times, Valentine’s Day offers those who celebrate many possibilities to do so, such... read more..

Small Businesses to Spend More on Video Ads in 2021, Says Survey

More than 35 percent of small businesses surveyed by The Manifest expect to invest more in video advertising this year.Washington, D.C.—More small businesses are expected to spend their ad dollars on ... read more..

Boma Jewelry Offering Second Round of BIPOC Designer Grants

Three applicants will be awarded $500 each in sample production resources as well as mentorship and business incubation.Seattle—Boma Jewelry is bringing its grant funding for Black, Indigenous and Peo... read more..

Here are JIS Miami’s Safety Guidelines for its March Return

According to the jewelry trade show, thousands of retailers plan to attend.Norwalk, Conn.—Last year, Jewelers International Showcase fell victim to COVID-19, but the Miami edition of the jewelry trade... read more..

Survey Says: Sapphire Is King for Both Trade and Consumers

Plus, current consumer interest in colored stones, how sales in the category have been, and more insights from a recent study by MVI Marketing.Austin, Texas—If a recent study is any indication, the ti... read more..

NY Diamond District Jeweler Norman Landsberg Dies at 94

The longtime member of the industry, seen as an icon on 47th Street, died from complications related to COVID-19.Long Beach, N.Y.—Well-known Diamond District jeweler Norman Landsberg died Feb. 13 from... read more..

JCK Industry Fund Announces 2021 Recipients

The Black in Jewelry Coalition has been awarded the new Diversity & Inclusivity Grant.Norwalk, Conn.—The JCK Industry Fund Committee announced the 2021 recipients of its annual JCK Industry Fund g... read more..

Khiry Launches Fine Jewelry With the Help of Hearts On Fire

The collection is available now on Net-a-Porter.Boston—Jameel Mohammed garnered attention for his costume jewelry line Khiry while still a University of Pennsylvania student.Now, the 25-year-old desig... read more..

These Are the 2021 Inductees Into the Retailer Hall of Fame

A husband-and-wife team from the Midwest, a multi-store independent with roots in the Northeast, and a jeweler from Puerto Rico known for nurturing talent round out the 2021 class.New York—National Je... read more..

5 Things to Know About the Latest JBT Stats

Jewelers Board of Trade President Erich Jacobs breaks down the data and shares his predictions for the year ahead.New York—Earlier this year, the Jewelers Board of Trade released its data for the four... read more..

Miami’s Jewelry District Is Expanding

The forthcoming Time Century Jewelry Center just secured $23.6 million in funding.Miami—For its first Miami project, a New York City real estate investment and development firm has turned its eye to t... read more..

JA Now Accepting Entries for the CASE Awards

The annual jewelry design contest now has 14 categories, all new for 2021.New York—Jewelers America announced this week that it is now accepting entries for the 2021 CASE Awards, its national jewelry ... read more..

Piece of the Week: Ileana Makri’s ‘Cascade’ Necklace

It’s just the jewel to bring some much-needed heat.With winter weather taking a serious toll, some sunny yellow gold can provide just the antidote to cold temperatures, helping one fantasize about war... read more..

Watch: Insights, Tips and Tricks to Make the Most of TikTok

National Jeweler asked a lapidary, retailer and social media expert what users should know as they dive into the video platform.TikTok has quickly gained steam as a favorite for many social media user... read more..
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