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2016_7_28_Moissanite

New Moissanite Trips Up Jewelers With Older Testers; GIA Releases Guide To Spotting Synthetics

Merrick, NY—With the diamond industry in turmoil over both synthetics and wavering consumer demand, few jewelers remember worrying about the implications of synthetic moissanite and switched stones when it first hit the market 20 years ago. But as one better jeweler discovered, technology waits for...

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2016_7_28_ArtCarved1

Brand News: ArtCarved Social Media Contest; Daniel K’s Retail Venture; WR Cobb Is ISO Certified

ArtCarved Launches Social Media Matchmaker Contest and Establishes Official National Matchmaker Day

New York, NY—ArtCarved has launched a “National Matchmaker” contest on Facebook and Instagram.  The contest summons participants to share how they met their significant other and who or what is...

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2016_7_28_ClaudiaJosh

Industry News: WJA Awards For Excellence; JA Names New Directors; Jewelers Hacked Online; More

WJA Awards for Excellence Winners Honored in NYC

New York—The annual Women’s Jewelry Association Awards For Excellence Gala honored 13 industry luminaries Monday night at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

There were 10 award winners across eight categories of industry business, along...

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2016_7_28_KCDesigns

Product And Service News From KC Designs, Gumuchian, And Pease & Curren

KC Designs Focuses On Pear Shape In New Collection

New York, NY—This 14k gold pavé diamond pear shaped necklace (left) is part of a new collection from KC Designs that focuses on the pear and teardrop shape as a design motif. Necklace is available in white, yellow, and rose gold with 50 diamonds,...

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2017_7_28_RonnieCox

In Memoriam: Ronnie Cox, Longtime AGS Jeweler, And Famed Photographer Fred Ward

Sweetwater, TX—Last week brought more sad news as the jewelry industry said goodbye to Ronnie Cox (left), a retired jeweler and former board member of the American Gem Society, and Fred Ward, a renowned gem photographer whose work was best known in National Geographic magazine.

Cox, 73, died July...

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2016_7_28_Matt_and_Liza_Gaston

More Time with Fewer Customers Is A Win-Win for Gaston Private Jeweler and Clients

Vero Beach, FL—How many customers do you have right now? Likely hundreds, perhaps thousands. What if you had only 10? Could you survive? Be successful? How would that even work?

Matt Gaston of Gaston Private Jewelers, Vero Beach, FL has made that unusual and intriguing business model...

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Twitter Is A Remarkably Effective—And Cost Efficient—Customer Service Channel

White Plains, NY—Twitter has struggled to find its role in the digital world. It is an excellent platform for sharing breaking news, but ecommerce attempts have floundered. Customer service has proven to be another story: both customers and brands are embracing Twitter as a way to ask questions,...

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2016_7_14_RayGriffiths

Video: Ray Griffiths At Couture

Las Vegas, NV--Designer Ray Griffiths, in his ninth year at the Couture Show, discusses new pieces in his collection and also features some favorite vintage and estate pieces. Click here to watch.

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2016_7_21_BorsheimsRunway

Borsheims Turns To Fashion Week To Boost Sales To Women

Omaha, NE--Fashion Week isn’t just for larger cities. Dallas, Detroit and Cleveland (among many others) join the better known domestic New York, Los Angeles and Chicago Fashion Weeks. And then there’s Omaha Fashion Week.

Not surprisingly, Omaha jewelry retailer Borsheims is a red carpet sponsor of...

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2016_7_21_Melissa_McCarthyRoyal

Celebrity News From Royal Jewelry, Hearts On Fire, Norman Silverman Diamonds, Le Vian, Harry Kotlar

Melissa McCarthy in Royal Jewelry

New York, NY—Actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy (left), who is starring in the remake of Ghostbusters, wore a Royal Jewelry ring during a recent appearance on Conan.

 

 

Pippa Middleton Gets Engaged With Three-Carat Asscher Ring

London, UK— At least one...

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2016_7_21_JavitsCenter

Industry News From AGS Laboratories, Jewelers Of America, World Diamond Council

Education Program Announced For JA New York

New York, NY—Jewelers of America (JA) will offer two days of free seminars during the JA New York Show, this Sunday, July 24, and Monday, July 25, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (left).

“Jewelers of America has listened to jewelers and crafted a...

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2016_7_21_MarkPatterson

Video: Mark Patterson’s New Smooth Pavé Passes The ‘Yoga Pants Test’

Las Vegas, NV--Designer Mark Patterson introduces a new technique of setting pavé diamonds without beads or prongs to create a smooth surface that won’t snag on delicate fabric or knits, such as yoga pants. Click here to watch.

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Study Shows Affluent Millennials Have Favorable View Of Synthetic Diamonds

Los Angeles, CA—More grist for the synthetic mill: a consumer research study conducted in May 2016 by MVI Marketing Ltd. shows Millennials are very open to the idea of synthetic diamonds. Though a relatively small sample was studied—650 U.S. consumers between ages 21 and 35, with incomes of $75,000...

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2016_7_21_Moving_Van

Jewelers’ Mutual Offers Tips To Keep Jewelry Safe During A Move

Neenah, WI—No matter how carefully you pack for a move from one residence to another, it seems something always comes up missing when you unpack. Sometimes it’s an easily replaced item like a frying pan, but if that something is a piece of jewelry the loss is far more personal.

According to the...

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2016_7_21_Merritt_Mayher

Brand News: Frederick Goldman Hires CMO; Sales And Profits Tank At Swatch: More

Frederick Goldman Inc. Adds CMO To Senior Management Team
New York, NY—Frederick Goldman Inc. has named Merritt Mayher (left) to the senior management team as chief merchandising officer. She comes to the company with a strong background in merchandising and product development; most recently from...

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Classified: Ray Griffiths Seeks Office Manager/Production Assistant

New York, NY—Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry has a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about jewelry to be an office manager/pa/production assistant. 

  • Location: Midtown NYC
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Wage: Compensation commensurate with experience
  • Start Date: Now
  • Job responsibilities...
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2016_7_14_RebeccaFoerster

Video: Rebecca Foerster Reviews Leo Schachter Diamonds’ New Retailer Programs

Las Vegas, NV--Rebecca Foerster, executive vice president of marketing and strategic planning for Leo Schachter, introduces a series of finished jewelry programs for retailers, including AGS Basics, private label bridal, LVE bridal brand for Millennials, Ideal By Leo Schachter, retailer loyalty...

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2016_7_14_Manos

Video: Manos Phoundoulakis of Omi Privé

Las Vegas, NV--Manos Phoundoulakis of Omi Privé and Omi Gems shows a special collection of color-change alexandrite jewelry during the Couture Show 2016. Click here to watch.

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2016_7_14_TakatMiss_WorldAmerica

Celebrity News: Miss World America In Takat; Karlie Kloss In MeiraT; Shiri Appleby In Royal Jewelry

Audra Mari, “Miss World America,” In Takat

National Harbor, MD—Audra Mari (left) wore one-of-a-kind emerald and diamond earrings in 18k white and yellow gold by Takat as she was crowned “Miss World America 2016” on July 8. The 22-year-old from Fargo, ND wore the earrings with a green gown to match...

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2016_7_14_BobbyMira

From Road Warrior To Retailer: Robert’s Fine Jewelry Finds Success In Office Location

Houston, TX—Jeweler Bobby Wizig of Robert’s Fine Jewelry has industry blood running through his veins. He comes by it honestly, courtesy of his father, a former retailer and diamond dealer. Left: Bobby and Mira Wizig, Robert's Fine Jewelry.

“I grew up in the industry,” says Wizig. “My dad had a...

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2016_7_14_RTR_Crowd

Retail News: Smyth Rocks Baltimore With Parking Lot Concert Series

Timonium, MD—A string quartet and canapés might work for some jewelry store events, but this summer at Smyth Jewelers, it’s all about rock ‘n roll, gourmet pizza, and beer.

The three-store Maryland jeweler launched its inaugural Rock the Ring Concert Series, presented by Uneek Jewelry, with a June...

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Industry News: Jim Rosenheim To Be Honored By JA; GIA Goes To Harvard; More

Tiny Jewel Box’s Jim Rosenheim Named 2017 Gem Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Honoree

New York, NY—Jewelers of America (JA) and the GEM Awards Committee have announced they will honor Jim Rosenheim (left), chairman of Washington, DC-based Tiny Jewel Box with the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement....

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2016_7_14_SimongPT2

Product News: Simon G. Creates Affordable Platinum Collection; Belle Étoile’s Fall Introductions

Simon G. Jewelry Creates Platinum Bridal Jewelry $2,000

Los Angeles, CA—Simon G. Jewelry announces the launch of a new 15-piece platinum bridal collection priced under $2,000 retail. With elements paying homage to Simon G.’s higher-end pieces, the new line blends the femininity of the Garden...

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2016_7_14_EconomistTweet

Is Twitter Dead For the Luxury Jewelry Retailer?

White Plains, NY—Twitter is one of the world’s best known social media platforms.  Launched in 2006, Twitter has 100 million active users who log in at least once a day. But how useful is Twitter for the luxury jewelry retailer? Twitter’s structure and culture make developing strong sales-oriented...

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