The Top 10 JCK Online Stories of 2015



What do our website readers love? Just about anything involving diamonds—and, as it turns out, a stomach-turning tale involving a certain late-night talk-show host and his wedding band.

1Jimmy Fallon’s Ring Avulsion Is Horrifying

Jimmy Fallon returned to The Tonight Show after a two-week break—not a vacation, but rather a stint in the ICU of New York City’s Bellevue Hospital recovering from a ring avulsion. (Fallon advised viewers against Googling it, and we concur. Okay! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!)

 

2. 12 Jewelry Trends for 2015: What to Buy, Sell & Stock for the Year Ahead

Yellow gold, layering necklaces, stacking rings, ear climbers, statement necklaces, and purple, pink, and red jewels topped our fourth annual year-end list.

 

3. Diamond Industry Crisis Worsens

De Beers let sightholders put off buying up to 75 percent of its allocations at its August sight; meanwhile, in India, there were reports of out-of-work workers committing suicide.

 

4. Florida Jeweler Mark Levinson Dies

The industry reeled at the news that the Fort Lauderdale retailer renowned for his charity work took his own life.

 

5. GIA Invalidates 1,000+ Reports Due to Hacking

The invalidated reports bore grades that were altered after GIA’s system was accessed without authorization.

 

6. 7 Things You May Not Know About Rubies

Here’s one: “Pigeon’s blood” rubies are the most coveted, but the next best color is “rabbit’s blood.” This concludes your lesson in Burmese gem trading nomenclature. 

 

7. Signet’s 5 Types of Jewelry Shoppers

Which are you? The sentimentalist—who seeks top-value, timeless jewels to last generations? The influencer—who shows status with her bling? The gifter—who buys jewels only to give to others? The stylish shopper—who wears all types of jewelry all the time? Or the practical shopper—who prefers low-priced pieces?

 

8. Are Recycled Diamonds the Next Big Thing—or the Next Big Problem?

An inside look at the huge, under-the-radar market and how it’s affecting the industry—and the consumers who may get low-balled. 

 

9. Scott Kay Line Premiering on QVC Super Bowl Sunday With Designer’s Daughter

Tiffany Kay took the place of her late father, Scott, on QVC on Super Bowl Sunday. “I am living his legacy,” Tiffany told JCK.

 

10. Blue Nile Opening First Store

The online diamond dealer ventured into brick-and-mortar, in “one of the top malls,” teased CEO Harvey Kanter. (It turned out to be Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, N.Y.) 
 

Top: Rubies are hot and only getting hotter (case in point: this covetable Jamie Wolf bangle); Blackbird and the Snow earrings, perfect for the stylish shopper; Scott Kay’s bridal rings, which live on.