10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of Aug. 5



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

Helzberg’s 2012 Sales Rose 20 Percent, Retail Report Says

Helzberg Diamonds’ 2012 sales rose 20 percent over the previous year, according to Stores magazine’s “Hot 100 Retailers list.”

Burmese Ruby, Jade Ban Extended

It looks like Burmese rubies and jade won’t be coming to U.S. jewelry stores anytime soon.

Antwerp Kidnapping May Have Been Faked, AWDC Says

The widely reported October “tiger kidnapping” in Belgium appears to have been staged, according to the Antwerp World Diamond Centre.

Online Sales Tax Law Won’t Pass House, Cosponsor Says

A House Republican cosponsor of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require online companies charge sales tax, now says it’s unlikely to pass.

Former Bachelorette Debuts Jewelry Line

Although reality TV love may be fleeting, jewelry is forever according to Emily Maynard, star of The Bachelorette’s eighth season.

British Ban Keeping Kelly Clarkson From Collecting Jane Austen’s Ring

A British temporary export ban is preventing the pop star from taking the “national treasure” she bought at a Sotheby’s auction last year home to the U.S.

Illinois Jeweler Bob Woolsey Makes Rest Stop Proposal Assist

Bob Woolsey wants to help 1 million men pull off the perfect proposal—one rest stop at a time.

Michigan Jeweler Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns

Michael Hoffman, the owner of Hoffman Jewelers of East Grand Rapids, Mich., could face jail time after admitting to willfully filing a false corporate tax return.

What’s With All the Jewel Thefts in France?

France is known for many things: food, wine, the Eiffel Tower—and now jewel heists.

7 Great Finds From NYC Jewelry Market Week

Believe it or not, I finally hit my jewelry wall last Wednesday, at the conclusion of New York City market week.