Trade Shows, Exhibitions & Conferences

Two passions now linked

March 20, 2013
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.

De Beers executives in America

January 10, 2013
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.

Getting it done

October 23, 2012
As has already been widely reported, the newly introduced Diamond Source Warranty Protocol (which I assume eventually we’ll call the DSWP) wasn’t exactly met with widespread applause at the recent World Diamond Congress held in Mumbai.

The astounding ‘Archduke’ diamond

October 16, 2012
As I’ve noted in this blog before, getting the chance to view some of the world’s most spectacular gemstones in person at Christie’s is and always has been one of my favorite aspects of this job.

Olympic melt session

July 25, 2012
On my trip to London last month, I learned an interesting piece of Olympic history, one that I thought would be good to share as the Summer Games kick off this Friday in London. So, here’s my trivia question: The...

Watch out, I’m using tools

May 8, 2012
Last week was Madison Avenue Watch Week here in New York, a seven-day stretch dedicated to showcasing and recognizing the work of watchmakers and the high-end timepiece brands that line Madison Avenue. As part of the week’s festivities, I took...

Diamonds, the new safe haven?

April 18, 2012
Major changes are afoot at the world’s largest diamond miners: De Beers, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. After 80 years in the business, the Oppenheimer family likely will be out of the diamond trade by years’ end. Both BHP Billiton...

Retailers return to Titanic

March 27, 2012
Count me among the many who will be soaking up all the Titanic lore available over the next couple of weeks as the 100th anniversary of the luxury liner’s fateful maiden voyage approaches. Much about this tragedy-- one of the...

Forevermark ‘pops up’ in NYC

July 28, 2011
This week in New York, De Beers held a “pop-up” sale for its Forevermark diamond brand in conjunction with GiltCity and Long Island couture retailer London Jewelers. For those of you who don’t know, pop-up events are a trendy new...

Thoughts on Conclave 2011

May 2, 2011
I was out in San Francisco last week for American Gem Society Conclave, my second Conclave in the nearly four years I’ve worked at National Jeweler. Conclave is a lot to take in for one person, so I’ve done the...

Get tough on crime

May 25, 2010
A few weeks ago, I attended a great session hosted by the Diamond Dealers Club of New York on crime against diamond dealers and jewelers or, more specifically, on how to prevent it. I thought it was a very enlightening...

The emperor's old diamond

April 19, 2010
I made another trip to Christie's on Friday, this time to get a first-hand look at two historic gems: The Emperor Maximilian Diamond and the Catherine the Great Brooch. I enjoyed my afternoon just as much as I did my...

A few notes from the diamond conference

April 12, 2010
Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict, I was only able to sit in on two full sessions at last week's diamond conference, put together by New York-based Initiatives in Art and Culture. But it was worth it. The sessions were...

To the diamond conference I go

April 8, 2010
On Friday, I'll be heading to the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center for the first day of a two-day conference titled, "Diamonds: Substance, Significance and Symbol." The conference is a production of Initiatives in Art and Culture,...

'Afternoon at the museum'

November 3, 2009
When I was a kid, I loved it when our class’ annual field trip was to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Back then, life didn’t get much better than an afternoon out of the classroom surrounded by dinosaur bones....

My life in diamonds

July 13, 2009
Last Thursday, I trekked my happy, east-side self over to Manhattan’s west side for the Diamond Information Center’s annual diamond jewelry showcase extravaganza. There were many pieces I wanted to take home (but won’t, as their price tag well outstrips...

Opals on the half shell and more

March 10, 2009
As I mentioned in a news story on, a new opal exhibit just opened up at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Consisting of just 25 opals, the exhibit is small and confined to just one...

Too haute for the yellow brick road

July 18, 2008
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, 19 re-creations of Dorothy's ruby slippers will be unveiled in the windows and designer shoe salon of Sak's Fifth Avenue's New York City location during a gala on Sept. 4....

Haute to the touch

June 26, 2007
A shame-faced man stands in front of a display window at a Fifth Avenue jeweler at 3:00 a.m., picking out a three-carat peace offering from the touch screen monitor. This is just one example of how interactive windows, similar to...
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