10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of Feb. 11



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

Nearly $1 Million in Gems Reported Stolen After Tucson Gem Show

A gem dealer who exhibited at the recent GJX Show in Tucson is reporting that nearly $1 million of her inventory was stolen following the fair.

$21,000 Diamond Unearthed at Arkansas Park

A couple scavenging at the Crater of Diamonds State Park recently found a diamond worth $21,000—believed to be the most noteworthy find at the park in more than three years.

Failed Sale of 230 Carat Wynn Diamond Leads to Lawsuit

A Los Angeles dealer is claiming a failed attempt to sell the Wynn Diamond, a 230 ct. pear-shape stone dubbed “the 12th largest diamond in the world,” damaged her reputation and cost her more than $1 million in commission.

Tucson Gem Shows See Buoyant Sales

Exhibitors at the gem shows in Tucson, Ariz., last week reported steady demand and buoyant, though not blockbuster, sales of colored stones.

With This Bling: 27 Must-See Pieces of Bridal Jewelry

Wedding jewels mean more than just rings. Shouldn’t a bride sparkle all over?

Dealers Cheer Possible Lifting of Burmese Ruby Ban

Dealers at the recent American Gem Trade Association’s GemFair and other Tucson gem shows applauded the possible lifting of sanctions on Burmese rubies and jade.

AGTA Speaker: Jewelers Need to Focus on Needs of Bridal Customers

To win over today’s bridal jewelry customer, retailers must understand that younger shoppers are mostly focused on themselves, said Kate Peterson, president and CEO of Performance Concepts, at Tucson’s AGTA GemFair.

North Carolina Jewelry Store Closes Its Doors

After over 25 years in business, Village Jewelry in Kannapolis, N.C., will close this year.

Chain of Custody Battle: Where Do Your Jewelry Materials Come From?

Associations, manufacturers, retailers, and consumers are expressing more interest in the origins of their materials. Here’s what it all means.          

$1 Million of Counterfeit Jewelry Seized at Tucson Show

Two men have been arrested for selling counterfeit jewelry items at a gem show in Tucson