10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of April 8



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

Study: Affluents Now Prefer Zales to Tiffany

In a sign that high-income consumers are looking past traditional luxury brands, a new survey found that ultra-affluent consumers now prefer Zales to Tiffany.

Wal-Mart Considers Having Customers Deliver Packages

Raising eyebrows, Wal-Mart executives told Reuters they are considering a plan that would have customers deliver gifts for other customers.

Proposed New York City Law Could Jail Those Who Buy Counterfeits

We all know that selling counterfeits can land you in hot water. But buying them?

J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson Resigns, Replaced by Predecessor

Ron Johnson, the once highly regarded former head of the Apple retail chain, has resigned as CEO of J.C. Penney, and will be replaced by former CEO Myron E. (“Mike”) Ullman.

Alex and Ani Hopes to Build “Department Store”

According to a new article in Inc., Alex and Ani wants to expand its brand way past jewelry, into plates, chairs, and even cars.

28 Carat D Flawless Sets Record at Hong Kong Auction

A 28 ct. D internally flawless diamond set a per-carat record at Sotheby’s April 8 Hong Kong sale of Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite.

Engage Your Ring Shoppers With These 8 Bridal Looks From Jeff Cooper Designs

Lucky-in-love customers won’t be able to resist these classically refined designs.

Jewelers & Pets: Meet Gigi the Great Dane, Dog Muse & Model for Slane Jewelry

Animals are a big part of many jewelers’ lives—and sometimes, they make great jewelry models as well.

Colombian “Emerald Czar” Dies at 77

Victor Carranza, a colorful and often-controversial figure known as Colombia’s “emerald czar,” died April 4 from cancer, media reports say. He was 77.

Nebraska Jewelry Store Owners Sell Store to Longtime Customers

Later this month, retiring retailers Sharon and Jerry Kroese will sell Weigels Jewelry in Beatrice, Neb., to two longtime customers.