10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of April 1



A roundup of JCK‘s top stories from the past week.

Macy’s Accidentally Marks $1,500 Necklace Down to $47

A Macy’s catalog last week inadvertently offered customers a deal of a lifetime—a $1,500 diamond-accented cable necklace marked down to $47, an almost 97 percent discount.

Harry Winston CEO de Narp Resigning

Frédéric de Narp, the president and CEO of Harry Winston, has resigned from the company after three years in the role, a Winston spokeswoman confirmed.

J.C. Penney CEO’s Salary Slashed by More Than 96 Percent in 2012

J.C. Penney’s CEO Ron Johnson, who oversaw the company’s nearly $1 billion loss in fiscal year 2012, had his pay slashed to $1.9 million last year—a 96.4 percent cut. 

Angelina Jolie’s Jewelry Collection to Benefit School in Afghanistan

Style of Jolie, Angelina Jolie’s jewelry collection in collaboration with Robert Procop, was unveiled to U.S. consumers on April 3 at Tivol of Kansas City, Mo.

The New Lab-Grown Diamond Company That Doesn’t Seem All That New

Last week, I received a release from IIa Technologies, which at first glance appeared to be a new company based out of Singapore that produces lab-grown diamonds.

Leader of Jewelry Theft Gang Pleads Guilty

On March 29, alleged jewelry theft gang leader Alexander Cuadros-Garcia pleaded guilty in Virginia federal court to racketeering conspiracy, according to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Interview With Signet CEO Michael Barnes

This week, Rob Bates traveled to Signet headquarters in Akron, Ohio, to talk face-to-face with CEO Michael Barnes.

The Uncommon Touch: New Convention-Defying Jewels

Presenting two new collections of jewels that have unusual aesthetics and represent an important trend in the marketplace.

Van Cleef to Expand Selectively, New Americas CEO Says

Van Cleef & Arpels will expand selectively in the United States, its recently appointed CEO for the Americas, Alain Bernard, tells JCK.

4 Stunning Websites From Independent Jewelry Retailers

The most gorgeous e-commerce jewelry retail sites almost always have two things in common: high-quality product photography and a clean design aesthetic featuring plenty of white space.