10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of Feb. 18

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

Pandora Ranked As #2 Brand Among Luxury Jewelry Consumers

Pandora is now the second most popular brand among luxury jewelry buyers, according to a fourth quarter luxury tracking study conducted by Unity Marketing.

Blue Nile Slashes Diamond Prices as Sales and Profits Fall

Blue Nile is combatting another quarter of disappointing financial results by dropping prices on its core engagement ring product.

Cutting Remarks: Blue Nile—No Longer in Denial?

The company’s latest disappointing financial results—which caused its stock to plunge precipitously—suggest its formula has grown stale.

Jewelry Highlights of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Jewelry dazzled on the stars in attendance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.

Cutting Remarks: Zale, Sterling Merger: Still a Bad Idea

A Reuters article again raised the possibility of a Zale/Sterling merger.

Beautiful Lies: The Slippery Slope of Gem Treatment

An expert in the gemstone market warns that treatments are no longer simply improving quality but creating it.      

Texan Purchases Cupcake Topped with 8 Carat Ring

Warwick Jewelers in Exton, Pa., collaborated with Cupcakes Gourmet bakery  to design a $55,000 red velvet cupcake topped with an 8 ct. diamond ring.

Survey: 17% of Men Would Wear a “Man-Gagement” Ring

Seventeen percent of men would wear a “man-gagement” ring, according to the fifth annual proposal and engagement survey from TheKnot.com and Men’s Health.        

Is M-Commerce a Necessity for Retailers in 2012?

Within the last few years, an increase of consumer smartphone use has prompted retailers to launch mobile shopping platforms.

FBI Looking for “One-of-a-Kind” Stolen Liberty Bell Ruby

The FBI has issued an alert to be on the lookout for four suspects who stole a one-of-a-kind ruby sculpted into the Liberty Bell, valued at $2 million.