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JCK Magazine: January 2012

JCK Magazine: January 2012

For Philadelphia, our nation's birthplace, history may be the ultimate accessory—but jewelry's a close second. Its Jewelers Row, which dates from the 1820s, houses more than 300 sellers and craftsmen, plus the oldest diamond district in America. Now mod pioneers Kate Egan and Cort Day are forging...
For every milestone in the history of the American jewelry business, JCK was there. as the industry's book of record, we can assure you: if it didn't make it into our pages, it probably didn't happen.Readers call JCK "the industry bible," so the magazine takes its mission pretty seriously: giving...
Talk about a monumental task. We set out to identify 10 products that have changed the face of jewelry retailing forever, products so iconic—to their makers and their categories—that they've spawned countless iterations, earning honorary membership in the jewelry hall of fame.Naively, we thought...
"A man of modest means didn't have the money to pay for the Vera Wang LOVE engagement ring he believed his wife-to-be deserved. So he sold his truck and said to the jewelry consultant, 'I love that truck, but I love her more.' " —Zale CEO Theo Killion, on a Nov. 21 conference call, relating a...
Local voters approved a ballot measure intended to prevent construction of the controversial Pebble gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay.The vote, conducted by mail among residents of the Lake and Peninsula boroughs, was 280-246, according to a release from the Pebble Mine Partnership, a pro-mine...
It is widely acknowledged that an emerald boasting the quintessential green—the color upon which all other emeralds are judged—can only have come from one place: Muzo, the ­largest and most prestigious of Colombia's mines, located about 60 miles north of Bogotá. But to have indisputable proof that...
In a recent Facebook discussion, ­jewelers weighed in on a delicate situation: What to do when a customer brings in a diamond bought off the Internet? Store owners from the East Coast and Midwest grumbled about the trend, calling it "tacky," among other things.But Jennifer Kroeger, owner of Relic...
Millennial ApproachesA new multimedia marketing campaign from Platinum Guild International, launched in October, targets Millennial consumers by educating them on the practical qualities of platinum.Through nine focus groups held nationwide, in cities including Boston, Dallas, and Los Angeles, PGI...
Origin StoriesA company's claim that it can determine a diamond's country of origin with "95 percent accuracy" has raised both interest and skepticism, prompting some to speculate whether blood diamonds will one day be identifiable.Nelson Winkless, a spokesman for Materialytics—a Killeen, Texas,...
The U.S. jewelry industry was, at press time, getting mixed signals heading into the holiday season. Price declines in the rough market were slow to transfer to the polished sector, and dealers reported that it would be months before polished prices saw any real changes. Sales, slower than expected...
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