Last week, I had the chance to have a nice, long talk with industry veteran Neil Koppel, who is currently president and CEO of Corp. and lab-grown diamond company Renaissance Diamonds.

The lawsuit filed by one-time Gemesis CEO Stephen Lux against his former company in U.S. Circuit Court in Florida is ongoing, with the latest filing in the case coming earlier this month.

For me, the current NFL season drew to a pitiful close on Dec. 23, when Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw the interception that ultimately ended the Steelers season.

The results are in and frankly I have no idea who, if anyone, has won.

For the first time in 70 years, De Beers’ executives entered the United States this week to conduct business, something they had been unable to do for the past seven decades due to anti-trust issues.

What do you create for a man who proposed to his girlfriend with an R2-D2 engagement ring around Halloween while dressed as Charlie Brown from the Peanuts? The answer is simple: a C-3PO wedding band.
It’s always interesting to compare the list of what we deemed to be the “biggest” news stories of the year to the hard numbers--the stories that were the most read on

Much to the delight of retailers, De Beers is back on the airwaves this holiday season with this nationwide commercial that seems to be one of the favored spots among the jewelry set.

As a journalist with experience in both the consumer and trade press, it’s always interesting to me what gets reported, and what doesn’t make the cut, following the industry’s more widely followed events, such as the recently concluded Kimberley Process plenary in Washington, D.C.

In these modern, social-media crazed times, the word “fail” has taken on a new life.

Thursday (Nov. 8) was the first day back in the office for most of the National Jeweler team following Superstorm Sandy, and we are doing our best to try to get back into the groove.

Every year, lingerie lord Victoria’s Secret unveils a multi-million dollar bra set with an astounding number of diamonds and colored gemstones that one lucky model gets to wear down the runway at the brand’s annual fashion show.
During the summer, I wrote a story about the re-launch of the Bailey Banks & Biddle chain. One of main points imparted on me during the interview by Paul Leonard, part of the team of executives who attempted to re-boot the brand, was the chain’s focus on expanding into outlets.

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