New U.S. Sanctions Effectively Ban Burmese Gems

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has placed Myanma Gems Enterprise on its Specially Designated National list—which means the vast majority of Burmese rubies, jade, and other gems cannot be purchased by U.S. companies.

By Rob Bates
April 09, 2021

Joseph Corey Becomes President Of Day’s Jewelers

It’s a new day at Day’s. Joseph Corey (pictured) has become president of Day’s Jewelers, the eight-store, 107-year-old jewelry chain based out of Waterville, Maine.

By Rob Bates
April 09, 2021



Celebrated Jewelry Designer Alex Woo Dies

Alexandra “Alex” Woo (pictured), the award-winning designer whose “little” charms had an outsize impact, died of cancer on March 30. She was 47.

By Rob Bates  |  April 05, 2021

Britt’s Pick: Boulder Opal Ring By Lauren K

Easter may be over, but that post I shared last week featuring Easter egg–esque opals has got me on a hot streak for all jewels featuring the multicolor gemstone.

By Brittany Siminitz  |  April 06, 2021


Behind the Beauty of the American Mined™ Collection

Developed for jewelers and metalsmiths who believe that sourcing matters, the American Mined™ Collection offers faceted stones, beads, and cabochons ethically sourced in the United States by companies who share Rio Grande’s pledge to the planet.

By Rio Grande  |  April 05, 2021


MJSA Education Foundation Offering Scholarships

The MJSA Education Foundation, the nonprofit dedicated to advancing professional skills in jewelry-making and design, is accepting scholarship applications from students interested in pursuing careers in jewelry design, manufacture, or repair.

By Rob Bates
April 09, 2021

April 9 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week: What it’s like to be a first-time Rolex buyer. A jeweler moves a 3,000-pound safe. And Shaquille O’Neal pays for a guy’s engagement ring.

By Rob Bates
April 09, 2021

3 New Fine Fashion Collections From Jewelry’s Most Familiar Names

Three of the most influential brands in the fine jewelry sphere—Forevermark, David Yurman, and Ippolita—are out with new collections that offer clues about how jewelers are responding to the pandemic and what design in a post-COVID world may look like.

By Victoria Gomelsky  |  April 02, 2021


Winning Younger Buyers With Authentic, Brilliant Diamonds

There’s a predicament that’s been plaguing family-owned jewelers for years: how to appeal to a new demographic and compete with online retailers for their business.

By RDI Diamonds  |  March 08, 2021


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