Top Jewelry News: Week of Oct. 22



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

Company Claims It Can Determine the Origin of Diamonds
A new company claims it can determine a diamond’s origin with “95 percent accuracy”—but has no plans to market its technology at present.

Jewelry Industry Still Struggling Online
A recent study named Tiffany & Co. and Swarovski the most innovative online jewelers, but showed the rest of the industry struggling to fully embrace digital media.

Florida Jeweler Arrested Twice in Two Weeks
Florida jeweler Jeffrey Halliday was arrested two times in less than two weeks for allegedly selling goods on consignment without a proper secondhand dealer’s license.

California Jeweler’s Promotion to Benefit Local Breast Cancer Victims
Visalia, Calif.-based Ashoori & Co. Jewelers is hosting a one-day trunk show on Oct. 20 to raise money to support local breast cancer victims.

Survey: Consumers Prefer Selling Gold to Jewelers
Most consumers prefer to sell their unwanted gold at local jewelry stores, according to a survey of MVI Marketing’s Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council.

Maui Divers Head Retiring
Bob Taylor, long-time head of Maui Divers Jewelry, the Honolulu-based 56-store chain, announced he will retire at the end of 2011 after 35 years with the company.

Poll: Holiday Jewelry Demand Looking Flat 
Some 22.8 percent of consumers said they hope to receive jewelry this holiday, roughly equal to the amount that said they wanted to receive jewelry last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey.

From the blogs:

Style 360: Get To Know Ray Griffiths of Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry
Ray Griffiths of Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry has spent more than 30 years crafting fine jewelry good enough for royalty—literally.

Retail Details: Connecticut Jeweler Talks Profits and Pearls
As the owner of Peter Indorf Jewelers, with two stores in New Haven and Madison, Conn., Peter Indorf certainly has a heart for pearls. But he also has a head for the business that generates pearl sales.

Cutting Remarks: The Kimberley Process, the Industry, and the NGOs
A remarkable fight broke out last week between veteran journalist Chaim Even-Zohar and Partnership Africa Canada over a PAC staffer’s comment that some found objectionable.

Jewelry Fashion File: Dressing to Convey Strength: Styling Perfection with a Necklace
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very once in a while a photograph catches my eye in its demonstration of how one item of jewelry can perfectly adorn an ensemble and flatter the woman wearing it.

Jewelry Sales Secrets: Play With Purpose
Are you truly having fun working where you are working, selling jewelry, and helping people celebrate those special moments in their lives?