By Brecken Branstrator
A nearly 16-carat ruby sold for $14.2 million at Christie’s New York this week, making it the most expensive colored gem sold at auction in the United States to date, while the 9.54-carat blue diamond once belonging to “America’s Little Darling” didn’t find a buyer.

At the Smart Show in Chicago, exhibitors reported on what retailers seemed to be shopping for, while more than 200 retailers took part in a survey from National Jeweler and Jewelers of America about their bridal businesses.

The industry also reported on the recent losses of two great jewelry designers--Turkish designer Pinar Öner and Thailand-based James Currens.

See the week that was, in photos.

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