10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of Jan. 7



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

Watch Brands Win $100 Million Anti-Counterfeiting Suit

Hundreds of websites that allegedly sell counterfeit watches are set to be taken down in the next week, the result of a whopping $100 million default judgment won by a group of Richemont brands on Jan. 4.

Erica Courtney Names Adam Graham CEO

Erica Courtney has hired former American Gem Trade Association marketing manager Adam Graham as CEO, effective Jan. 21.

Hearts On Fire Announces New Executive Team

Hearts On Fire announced changes to its executive and management team in order to meet the company’s growth plans for 2013.

De Beers’ Best Diamond Grader: A Machine!

There are many machines that assess color and clarity like those being used at the Forevermark grading lab in Antwerp, but De Beers/Forevermark seems to have taken the technology to a new level.

5 Jewelry Statements From Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw

Check out some of the best bling worn by Sex and the City‘s fictional fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw.

10-Year-Old Student Navigates the Jewelry Business

Ten-year-old student Laura Shontz, with help from her mother, Priscilla, launched Color Pop Jewelry in the summer of 2012.

Afaze Owner Files Chapter 11, Citing Superstorm Sandy

The owner of 10-store jewelry and accessory chain Afaze, as well as clothing retailers Mandee and Annie Sez, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Jan. 6, citing damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Jeweler Called “Least Stressful” Job

Jewelers will never agree, but Careercast.com, a job-hunting site, has ranked being a jeweler as the fourth “least stressful career of 2013.”

Zale’s Holiday Comps Up, Revenues Flat

Zale Corp. announced its comp sales increased 2.3 percent for the holiday period, which it defines as November and December.

5 More Jewelers You Should Follow on Twitter

Be sure to check out these five jewelers’ Twitter feeds for good examples on how to tweet your store’s message the right way.