In re-capping 2010 with retailers, I had a number of them tell me that business was up during the course of the year, but all with one interesting footnote: Sales were off in the months when they would traditionally see...
I had the opportunity recently to chat with newly inducted California Jewelers Association (CJA) President James Orloff about a cool new initiative the CJA has launched to help get recession-flogged California consumers interested in fine jewelry again. TheCaratDiet.com, which National...
In late December, 109-year-old retailer J.C. Penney took a bold social media step forward when it started hawking its wares on Facebook, a move that has been met with lukewarm reviews. While nobody can begrudge the Plano, Texas-based retailer that...
In the jewelry industry, it's a common truism that the holiday season equals engagement season, and it's one that certainly didn't miss Hollywood this year. Stars including Reese Witherspoon, LeAnn Rimes and Natalie Portman are just a few of the...
Last week, I went to see the stage version of “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” the 1980s TV series that was a mainstay at my house on Saturday mornings. For those that missed it, either voluntarily or otherwise, each episode of the...
Over the years, rumors have popped up from time to time about mining giant De Beers getting in the business of growing diamonds in a laboratory. The most recent round of rumors that I can recall--and please drop me a...
In my job covering the fashion side of jewelry for National Jeweler, I see more than my fair share of pieces so it's always a pleasure to come across designs that stand out and show a unique perspective. The latest...
With Kate Middleton and Prince William's engagement making headlines around the world yesterday, thus began what is sure to be a long run of scrutiny over the style choices of the soon-to-be princess and—most likely—future queen. But first up under...
Back in the August issue of National Jeweler, we wrote about the need among young engagement ring buyers--particularly those who are part of the generation known as the "Millennials" or "Generation Y"--to have something unique. Earlier this week, The New...
Teeny-tiny stacking rings, pendant necklaces and stud earrings have been jewelry tradeshow staples over the last few seasons, and it's no wonder. The small size of these pieces means the price is often right for cost-conscious shoppers. In addition, the...
Breast cancer awareness month kicks off today, and for jewelry lovers looking to give back, there's no shortage of ways to do so (click here to jump to NationalJeweler.com for a story about timepiece and jewelry designers supporting breast cancer...
Fragments—a wholesale jeweler that also operates a boutique in New York’s hip SoHo neighborhood—is a good place to mine for jewelry trends and discover those brands you might not have heard of…yet. One warning: visiting the showroom’s fully stocked cases...
At this year's Vegas trade shows, I was falling for luminous gemstones such as moonstone and labradorite, but lately, it's a more unassuming gem that has captured my attention. At JA New York, I picked up a pair of beaded...
The influence of the Far East on Western jewelry design is nothing new to American jewelers, who can--these days--have their pick of chandelier earrings, pile-on bangles and stackable rings fit for a Bollywood princess (and perfect for American self-purchasers looking...
After a sleepy couple of weeks, news wise, De Beers woke up the diamond world on Monday when it announced a series of changes, a "distribution update" if you will, to the way it sells its rough diamonds. See story...
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