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J.C. Penney CEO Marvin Ellison told a Dallas real estate conference the department store will likely have to close more stores. "We have certain locations that we readily admit we have to downsize,” he said, according to The Dallas Morning News. He offered no further details as to numbers or...

Rob Bates | January 23, 2017

De Beers announced that its online auction division will experiment with fixed-price forward contracts. These contracts will give auction customers the ability to bid for guaranteed access to future supply at a set price. The initial agreements run for three months. The first will cover...

Rob Bates | January 20, 2017

This week: Why more large diamonds may be coming up. The man who might save Tiffany. And a jeweler suffers Trump blowback. All below.   Tiffany & Co. holiday comps fall, as it takes Trump Tower hit. - “Not just Trump.” - The New York Times: Can Reed Krakoff save Tiffany...

Rob Bates | January 20, 2017 | Cutting Remarks

"So…if Malachite is leaping back into fashion, does that mean Malachite & Azurite or, better yet, Malachite and Chrysocolla will be the must-have for 2018?"  —Sarah on “Suddenly Everywhere: Malachite” "I have been a fan of Montana sapphires for many years, and am glad to see that an...

Rob Bates | January 20, 2017 | Social Setting

EBay is rolling out a program to authenticate high-end handbags sold on the site—and it could broaden the service to other categories. The new program, eBay Authenticate, aims to build trust among purchasers of high-end items, said its head, Laura Chambers, in an interview. Sellers of...

Rob Bates | January 19, 2017

Teen accessory retailer Claire’s Inc. has decided not to proceed with a planned IPO, it announced in a Jan. 17 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The move comes a week after Neiman Marcus decided not to proceed with its planned IPO. Claire's first applied for the...

Rob Bates | January 18, 2017
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The annual 24 Karat Weekend is a great way to take the industry’s temperature after the holiday. This year, holiday results appear to be all over the map—some independents did great; others recorded a 1 to 2 percent gain, which has become standard for many since the recession. In a surprise,...

Rob Bates | January 18, 2017 | Cutting Remarks

Two new salesmen have joined Los Angeles–based Uneek Jewelry: Rick Shultz and Cortland Shopper. Shultz will become regional vice president for the northern Midwest, covering Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Shopper will become...

Rob Bates | January 17, 2017

Uneek Adds Two Sales VPs

Rob Bates | January 17, 2017
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Stone & Strand is capitalizing on the recent resurgence of vintage Tiffany & Co. designs in fashion. This week, the New York City–based clicks-and-bricks fine jewelry retailer debuted a collection of iconic Tiffany & Co. pieces curated by stylist and vintage jewelry...

Emili Vesilind | January 16, 2017 | Retail Details
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Schenectady, N.Y.–based fine jewelry retailer Northeastern Fine Jewelry announced last week that it will open its fourth retail location—and third store in the Albany, N.Y., area—in Glens Falls, N.Y.  The 2,500-square-foot store, located at 167 Glen St. in a building formerly occupied...

Emili Vesilind | January 15, 2017
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makes me think of esme hecht's pieces: https://ritzycouturejewelry.co...

it will be nice to get a copy of the video posted on utube and a link...

So, another "respectable" outfit hangs out the pawn balls. So funny...

Eye-catching and artsy. Does anyone know what the "DewDrop" necklace...

Some nice pieces here, very well crafted.