10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Feb. 4



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

“World’s Largest Emerald” Fails to Sell

The so-called “world’s largest emerald” has turned out to lay an equally large egg.

Women Favor Jewelry for Valentine’s Day—But Aren’t All Getting It

Nearly one-third of women (29 percent) would choose jewelry if they could receive only one gift for Valentine’s Day this year, according to a new survey by Sentient Decision Science for Sears. 

The Strange Story of the “World’s Largest Emerald”

When I first heard about the “world’s largest emerald,” I thought, I hope this isn’t another story like the “world’s largest diamond.”

Motion Filed to Put Michael Beaudry Inc. Into Chapter 7

The United States trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of Michael Beaudry Inc. has filed a motion to put the company into Chapter 7, court records show.

Beaudry Designing With New Company

Famed designer Michael Beaudry tells JCK he is releasing new collections with a new company, Beaudry International.

Trollbeads Claims Victory in U.S. Distribution Battle

Trollbeads United States and parent company Lise Aagaard Copenhagen have claimed victory in their year-long legal battle with Lund Trading over who controls the line’s U.S. distribution.

JBT: Jewelry Industry Shrank in 2011

Jewelers Board of Trade statistics for 2011 show a mixed bag for the industry—with the overall number of U.S. businesses dipping 1.3 percent, but other indicators turning upwards.

Cutting Remarks: Can J.C. Penney Really Be Transformed?

If you haven’t done so, I suggest you watch former Apple stores head Ron Johnson’s presentation about the “transformation” he plans to bring to J.C. Penney.          

6 Emerging Designers at the Centurion Show

A handful of newcomers joined seasoned exhibitors and retailer attendees alike at this week’s 11th annual Centurion show.

Minnesota Diamond Seller Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering, Drug Offenses

Richard Allen Kay, 39, of Zumbro Falls, Minn., pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, money laundering, and transporting stolen gemstones.