According to The NPD Group, women’s watch sales increased in the first half of 2018 across almost all price categories. The firm noted that Piaget was one of the brands to bolster sales at the high end of the market. Pictured are Piaget’s Possession timepieces released this year.
New York—Here are five jewelry new stories from the week of Aug. 20 that are worth reading.

1. Women’s Watch Sales On the Rise for First Time in 3 Years
According to The NPD Group, sales increased in the first half of 2018 across almost all price categories.

2. Smash-and-Grabs Pose Greatest Threat to Retailers, JSA Says
There have been 15 smash-and-grab robberies at jewelry stores since July 1, the Jewelers Security Alliance said.

3. TrueFacet Launches Brand-Certified Category
The online marketplace for pre-owned jewelry and watches is partnering with seven brands to guarantee the authenticity of their pieces.

4. David Webb Enlists Juergen Teller for New Campaign
“Everyday Revelry” is geared toward women of all ages who buy jewelry for themselves.

5. Postcard Montana: Heading West to See a Sapphire Mine
Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator recounts the gemstones she handled and the sites she took in on a recent trip to Big Sky Country.

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