10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of June 11



A roundup of JCK’s top stories from the past week:

Pandora Sues Chamilia Over Swarovski Co-Branded Products

The legal war between Pandora and Chamilia—the squabbling charm manufacturers whose court battles date back over a decade—is now back on.

Retailer Sued Over Misleading Sales

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers is being targeted by a class action suit that alleges the men’s clothing chain’s claims of constant sales are misleading.

Wesche Jewelers Files for Chapter 11

Citing the bad economy and problems building a new store, Melbourne, Fla.-based Wesche Jewelers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on June 6, but said it intends to stay in business.

Company Says it Has Low-Cost Synthetic Diamond Detector

As the industry continues to fear the specter of undisclosed synthetic diamonds on the market, a Hong Kong company says it has developed a low-cost lab-grown diamond detection device.

Diamonds Score Big at Christie’s New York Auction

Diamonds commanded top prices at the June 12 Christie’s Important Jewels sale in New York City.

How Retailers Are Making Sense (and Sales) of Sustainability

A small group of dedicated retailers is finding that education is the best way to court the socially conscious customer.

School of Rocks: The Feds Go to the GIA

For two weeks a year, the GIA campus becomes a magnet for law enforcement from around the world, who take a crash course in Gemology 101.

Danhov’s New Blackened Engagement Ring Semi-Mount

A simply styled, contemporary mounting takes an edgy turn when Los Angeles-based bridal manufacturer Danhov oxidizes it.

Cutting Remarks: What’s the Strongest Jewelry Brand in the U.S.? (It Begins With a “T”)

A May 7 motion in Pandora’s lawsuit against Chamilia contains a survey by IUM AS that measures consumer awareness of different jewelry brands.

Blue Nile Appoints Chief Merchandising Officer

Online jewelry retailer Blue Nile has appointed Julie Yoakum as chief merchandising officer.