May 5, 2010

Visit the AGTA GemFair™ Cultured Pearl & Jewelry Pavilion at JCK Las Vegas
As margins continue to shrink in many jewelry categories, buyers at the JCK Las Vegas Show cannot afford to miss the AGTA GemFair™ Cultured Pearl & Jewelry Pavilion, where margin-building products abound. The AGTA Pavilion, located in the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino Grand Ballroom, features more than 200 exhibitors, offering a comprehensive selection of natural colored gemstones, cultured pearls and colored gemstone jewelry.More

Jewelers Mutual warns of threat to burglar alarm systems
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
Burglar alarms systems used by jewelry businesses across the United States may be affected by a recently announced decrease in Honeywell's AlarmNet-M radio network. Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has learned that Velocita Wireless, which provides the wireless backbone of Honeywell's AlarmNet-M radio network, is decommissioning a portion of its network that transmits one-way and two-way burglar alarm signals.More

First lady wears Prabal Gurung and big, expensive jewelry to White House Correspondents' Dinner
New York Magazine
Michelle Obama continued her support of young designers May 1, wearing a red, probably custom, off-the-shoulder jersey gown by Prabal Gurung to the White House Correspondents' Dinner. She also continued her support of gold and diamonds, wearing two cuffs that Obama has identified as being from Bochic and Sutra Jewels. The bottom cuff is Sutra Jewels, containing 10 carats of raspberry tourmaline flanked by rose-cut diamonds.More

AGL will not be classifying new ruby treatment as composite ruby
American Gemological Laboratories
American Gemological Laboratories has concluded its initial investigations into a new ruby treatment that has been entering the market. During the past year, another new ruby treatment has been coming out of Thailand and is offering a low-cost alternative to more traditionally heated ruby. "The conundrum for the trade has been how to deal with these new stones and what kinds of disclosures need to be made." AGL President Christopher P. Smith said.More

The blend trend (aka tone on tone)
The Jewelry Journalist
I'm not saying that the Italians invented it, but at the moment they're obsessed with it -- and it's bellissimo! When I was in Italy to view the new collections for 2010, jewelers kept showing me lines and using the word "blending." (At first, I had no idea what they were talking about. All these years covering jewelry and I'd never heard that one before.) But then, my "aha" moment: Oh, you mean monochromatic color combinations? Yes, of course, I knew that.More

Christie's Dubai jewels auction nets $8.6M
Christie's reported that its jewels auction in Dubai realized a total of $8,589,250 and was 72 percent sold by lot. The top lot was a 17.71-carat, D, VVS2 rectangular diamond ring designed by J.Roca, which sold for $1,345,500 or $75,974 per carat; followed by a 26.61-carat, rectangular, fancy intense yellow diamond ring that sold for $722,500.More

Alexis Bittar Montauk Bracelet
The Montauk Bracelet ($495) by Mr. Lucite himself -- Alexis Bittar -- is like a beautiful explosion of turquoise stones coming from a jagged edged crystal. Its breathtaking presence is reminiscent of a family heirloom that has been passed from one generation to the next. The Montauk Bracelet has a balanced feel between old world sensibilities and modern appeal.More

IDEX online research: US jewelry sales strong in February
American consumers continued to loosen their purse strings in February, and jewelry demand strengthened. This is a continuation of the healthy spending trend that began during the 2009 holiday selling season. February is important for jewelers because Valentine's Day, the second largest selling event of the year, occurs during the month.More

What a find: New Hampshire teen discovers 2.7-carat diamond while on vacation in Arkansas
Foster's Daily Democrat
If and when 14-year-old Peter Slowik decides to get married, he already will have a giant rock for the occasion. While on vacation recently, Peter stumbled upon a 2.7-carat white diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. He found it in the footprint of a previous visitor. The Strafford, N.H., native dubbed the diamond "Arkansas Ice" to remember the experience.More