10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of Jan. 21



A roundup of JCK‘s top stories from the past week.

Michelle Obama in Kimberly McDonald Jewelry at 2013 Inaugural Ball

Michelle Obama accessorized her patriotic red Jason Wu gown with Kimberly McDonald jewelry, completing her look at the Inaugural Ball on Jan. 21.

Jill Biden in Kara Ross Jewels at 2013 Inauguration

Jill Biden attended the swearing-in ceremony in earrings from the popular Gemstone Collection by New York City–based designer Kara Ross.

Get the Jewelry Look: Beyoncé’s Inaugural Earrings

Everyone is talking about is Beyoncé’s incredible emerald earrings from Lorraine Schwartz, which added oomph to her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Sterling Denied Injunction Against Zale Diamond Claims

On Jan. 24, an Ohio federal judge denied Sterling Jewelers’ request for an injunction that would have prevented Zale Corp. from promoting its Celebration Fire diamond as the “most brilliant diamond in the world.”

Survey: Engagement Ring, Wedding Band Average Price Increases Slightly

In 2012, couples spent a little bit more for wedding and engagement rings, according to a new survey released by TheWeddingReport.com.

No, 25% of Diamonds Are Not Blood Diamonds. However…

Several respectable and popular publications have recently reported that 25 percent of all diamonds in stores are blood diamonds. Is that number valid?

Internet Sales Tax Legislation to Be Reintroduced

Legislation that would mandate most Internet sellers collect sales tax will be reintroduced this year in both houses of Congress, according the office of one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.).

Picture This: 20 Snaps From the VicenzaOro Winter 2013 Show

Here’s a peek at some of the pieces and display windows seen at this week’s fair in Vicenza, Italy, the first big jewelry trade show of the year.

Live From VicenzaOro Winter 2013: Pasquale Bruni Is Coming Back to America

The longtime jewelry designer with a classically sexy Italian style is returning to the United States after a 10-year absence.

Exit Interview: JA’s Matt Runci on the Future of Independent Jewelers

Matt Runci, the longtime CEO of Jewelers of America, took a moment to talk with JCK and take stock of his distinguished career in the world of jewelry associations.