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JCK Magazine: June 1, 2007

JCK Magazine: June 1, 2007

Here at JCK, early May is in some ways the end of a year. The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas is now just weeks away, and we've completed another cycle of publishing. As we wind down production of our many publications in the months of May and June—JCK, JCKstyle, and JCK Luxury along with our JCK Show Guide...
Businesses face more challenges today but can overcome them by reacting smartly while sticking to their core values, management guru Jim Collins told American Gem Society attendees in the keynote address for the group's recent conclave in Denver. The session was sponsored by Jewelers' Mutual...
British bank Barclays has agreed to buy Dutch bank ABN AMRO, a leading bank for the diamond and jewelry industry, for about 67 billion euros ($91 billion) in what analysts are calling one of the largest bank mergers ever. According to estimates, ABN holds an estimated one-fourth of the diamond...
Joan Parker, a 30-year veteran and well-known figure in the diamond industry, has joined Gemesis, the Sarasota, Fla., manufacturer of synthetic diamonds. Her role is to serve as an ambassador and advisor to help the company raise its profile and position itself as the premier supplier of man-made...
Luxi Group, a private holding company in New York focused on the luxury goods market, has acquired certain assets related to Ashford.com from Odimo for $400,000. Luxi Group said in a statement that it will relaunch Ashford.com with a large selection of designer and brand name watches and other...
India's largest jewelry brand, Tanishq, plans to open stores in the United States. The company's Bhuwan Gaurav confirmed published reports that the company, which is not a sightholder, will open stores, beginning in New Jersey and Chicago. While reports said the company planned a 10-store chain,...
M Fabrikant & Sons Inc. has asked a judge for permission to auction its assets, the Associated Press reported recently. Under the plan, M. Fabrikant would sell all of its assets, including inventory, accounts, and intellectual property and then file a liquidation plan, AP said. M. Fabrikant...
The world's largest watch and jewelry show is going to get even bigger. Rene Kamm, chief executive officer of MCH Swiss Exhibition, the parent firm of BaselWorld, announced a $287 million expansion project at the show this past April. For a number of years the show's management has divided it...
Jewelry designer Erica Courtney knows about good looks. She's based in Hollywood, works with stylists, and keeps her store interiors current and fashionable. She also has her own personal dress designer, makeup artist, and hair stylist to help her remain a looker. Courtney recently chatted with...
Despite the hype over Blood Diamond, the U.S. diamond jewelry market grew again last year, JWT, De Beers' U.S. marketing agency, reported recently. Overall retail sales of diamond jewelry increased by 6.1 percent in 2006, to $35.2 billion, a $2 billion increase over 2005's $33.2 billion. The...
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