Industry News

Swatch?s Reasoning for Its Apple-Sounding Trademarks Is Patently Absurd

Last week, PatentlyApple reported that Swatch Group had trademarked two phrases for use with watches: “tick different” and “one more thing.? Both, of course, call to mind newly minted watchmaker Apple.The first conjures Apple’s late-?90s slogan “think different”; the second was Steve Jobs’ showy way of unveiling a new product or feature during his oft-lauded keynotes. The Next Web dubbed the twin registrations an “epic troll move.? ...

 


 

Jewel of the Month: Ralph Masri?s Baguette Garnet Earrings

Could there be a better time of year to rock this pair of earrings? Ralph Masri’s stiletto-style pair certainly attracted its fair share of views during the month of August, making it our Jewel of the Month. You can see why?starting with its deep red hue (prime for fall!), stemming from 2.25 cts. of garnet baguettes. The slender stones make a big impact when set in a line, and that dagger-like point at the bottom makes an even bigger one. Champagne diamonds form a glittery frame, and an...

 


 

Time?s Blood Diamond Story Is Your Weekend Reading

Rob Bates usually rounds up all the jewelry and gem news from around the Web, but he is off this week, and as far as I can tell, there is only one story that must be on your reading list this weekend: Time?s new cover story on blood diamonds.?Blood Diamonds,? which covers the Sept. 7 issue and was released online Thursday, looks at the industry?s progress since the 2000 meeting in Kimberley, South Africa, that birthed the Kimberley Process.The piece was written by Aryn Baker, with...

 


 

Supplier News: Week of Aug. 31

SimplexDiam to Offer Event ConsultingSimplexDiam Inc., a liquidation and asset recovery company, announced Aug. 31 it is now offering jewelry businesses consulting services.Through the new service, businesses will get assistance with tasks such as organizing a promotional sale or getting the most return from a store closing.?Whether the goal is to grow your business or sell it, the industry professionals at SimplexDiam are uniquely qualified to help you move to that next level,?...

 


 

Bahina Jewels Brings More Flowers Into Fall With (Real!) Rose Earrings

Do you remember a few weeks ago, when I tried to convince you that autumn should be all about flowers, using Parade Designs’ new jewelry to prove it? You must have been sold by then. But just but in case you’re still wavering on the matter, I’ve got more! Bahina Jewels has a new line of pieces for fall, many of which incorporate some sort of floral element into the design. And this trio doesn’t feature just any flower?these babies are real! The miniature roses on these...

 


 

What?s Your Inspiration? Picasso?s Eyes for Carole Le Bris Perez

Pablo Picasso?s eyes?wild, wide, and whimsical?have made a lasting impression on many fellow artists, including Carole Le Bris Perez. The New York City?based jewelry designer, represented by Muse, has several Picasso-inspired eye pieces (think rings and earrings). Perez?s bejeweled offerings clearly recall the famous Cubist’s delirious and dilated painted pupils through long gold and gem lashes offset by olive-size eyes. Love art? Perez?s masterful interpretations may be just the homage...

 


 

5 Reasons You Can?t Miss WJA?s Jewelry Night Out

The Women?s Jewelry Association?s upcoming Jewelry Night Out is happening nationwide across 19 U.S. cities on Thursday, Sept. 10. This year marks No. 3 for the upscale annual membership drive, often enhanced in various cities via a fashion- or jewelry-related guest speaker. In the New York Metro chapter, for example (full disclosure: I?m on the board), our VIP guest is Leonard Lauren of Ralph Lauren, who?ll be sharing lifestyle-branding tips from his career in his brother?s firm. And the venue...

 


 

5 Beautifully Designed Retail Websites

With everyone focused on mobile apps and social commerce these days, the importance of maintaining a beautiful, highly functional website may be slipping off your radar. Remember: Billions of people work in front of laptops and desktops?and shop there, too. I know that I, personally, am not buying anything beyond diapers and dental floss that I haven’t first vetted on on a big screen.Obviously, all e-comm websites should be optimized for the mobile experience. But also be mindful of...

 


 

Daria de Koning?s Jewelry Notecards Are a Brilliant Idea

Daria de Koning isn?t the first person to make notecards imprinted with images of her jewelry?Lagos does, too, among others?but it?s a clever marketing idea she adopted that others should as well.?I was at a Verdura party about seven years ago and they had notecards featuring their jewelry in the goody bags,? says the Los Angeles?based jewelry designer. But that wasn?t de Koning’s first brush with jewelry cards; her mom used to buy them for her at the Metropolitan Museum of Art after...

 


 

Jewelry Spotting: Painted Gems of the New Orleans Museum of Art

The entrance to NOMAI’m no art expert. I’ve learned enough over the last couple of years to tell your Warhols from your Picassos, your Monets from your Manets, but that’s about it. Still, just because I don’t hold all the cards in the art knowledge game doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good museum. My husband and I try to hit up some sort of museum wherever we’re traveling, so while in New Orleans earlier this month, we paid a visit to NOMA, the New...

 


 

Effy?s New Geo Geometric Jewelry Collection in Gold

Effy takes inspiration from the angular designs of the Art Deco period and some 1970s motifs in its new Geo collection. The New York City?based manufacturer debuted the 50-piece line, made largely in 14k gold with a few silver styles, at the 2015 JCK Las Vegas show. Looks ?play with negative space to create a collection that is uniquely elegant and trend-driven,? says director of marketing Mehran Ettesami. Diamonds and other precious stones like amethyst appear in the jewelry, which starts at $...

 


 

Britt?s Pick: Arya Esha?s Carnelian Lava Pendant

Orange is another one of those colors that we’re sort of unfair to (or at least I am). It seems to be really high in demand during the summer and fall months, but ignored the other half of the year. It’s a juicy wonder paired with pink when the temps are high, and around October and November?well, orange just comes with the territory.But Arya Esha’s Lava collection pendant proves that orange is wonderful year-round, surrounding its center 2.21 ct. carnelian in a flurry of...

 


 

Zaffiro Jewelry?s Regal Purple Orchid Patina

Elizabeth and Jack Gualtieri love to experiment with different metal colors?they developed a 22k rose and a white gold granulation?so it’s not too surprsing that now they’ve created a new purple patina. Orchid appeared while the Portland, Ore.?based pair behind Zaffiro Jewelry were playing around at the bench, trying to create a unique finish for their silver jewelry. The proprietary look takes two hours to make, helps differentiate Zaffiro?s silver from other lines,...

 


 

Get to Know Judi Powers of Judi Powers Jewelry

Judi Powers abandoned a marketing and PR career to pursue her passion for jewelry. The Brooklyn, N.Y.?based designer debuted Judi Powers Jewelry in 2013 after a decade of making jewelry as a hobby, armed with metalsmithing education via myriad classes at the 92nd Street Y, the Jewelry Arts Institute, School of Visual Arts, Brooklyn Metal Works, and Studio Jewelers Ltd., as well as an AAS Degree in jewelry design from F.I.T. Her signature style: minimalism and matte finishes with nature...

 


 

Jen?s Obsession: Armenta?s Blackened Silver, Gold, and Diamond Drop Necklace

Emily Armenta?s jewelry ranges from ornate gem-studded showstoppers to easy-to-wear everyday styles in on-trend silhouettes such as this Multi-Crivelli Elongated Drop necklace, made in Armenta’s signature blackened silver and 18k gold. I like the long pendant for its dramatic effect, dusting of diamonds, and versatility?I could wear it to work and out for drinks later. Plus, I?m drawn to any piece with length. And at $1,490, this one is well within reach.Multi-Crivelli Elongated Drop...

 


 

How India Is Training the Next Generation of Jewelers

When I was in Mumbai recently for the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS), I had the good fortune to meet Premkumar Kothari, chairman of the Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI). We spoke about the massive undertaking his organization has taken on.The GJSCI, formed in 2012, is part of India?s National Skill Development Corporation, and Kothari and his team are working to train workers across the country for jobs in the jewelry industry. The Indian gem and jewelry industry...

 


 

Awesome Jewelry Trend: Mismatched Earrings

Forget ear cuffs, climbers, and single statement earrings. Well, don’t really forget about them, they’re great looks, too. But add this to the list of current obsessions: mismatched earrings. Designs can range from completely different shapes and colors from one earring to the next or a more subtle, varied arrangement of the same stones in differently organized tiers. There are opposing color patterns and varying icons, such as the sun in one ear and the moon in the other. Some...

 


 

Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Aug. 21

Next week, I will be on vacation, and this feature will not appear. Hope everyone has a great end of the summer. This week: Another synthetic diamond scandal. Another jeweler sues a rapper. What Sharon Stone wore on her photo shoot (besides nothing). All below.After eight months of declines, jewelry store sales rise in June. (Or did they?) London Jewelers selling Apple Watch.- Takes over Selfridges window.- Is Apple really a luxury brand?- Prediction...

 


 

After 8 Months of Declines, Jewelry Store Sales Rose in June (or Did They?)

Last week, I came across some welcome news: Following eight months of declines, sales at specialty jewelers rose by 7.7 percent in June year-on-year, according to the Commerce Department.You can see the stats here: Nonseasonally adjusted jewerly-store sales in June came in at $2.33 billion, compared to $2.16 billion in 2014. That’s good news, considering that the government?s jewelry-store numbers have declined since October 2014.As Jewelers Board of Trade’s Dione Kenyon...

 


 

Supplier News: Week of Aug. 24

BlumLux?s new downtown location, pre-renovationIndianapolis Jeweler Looks to Reinvent the Jewelry StoreNick Blum, designer and owner of Blumlux Jewelry plans to build a four-story jewelry store in the hopes of enticing millennials back to brick-and-mortar retailers.The new 14,000-square-foot store, located in downtown Indianapolis, will house four retailers, including Blum?s BlumLux Boutique.Blum hopes to fight the growing number of closing jewelry businesses, which...

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