10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of Jan. 7



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

Macy’s, Bloomingdales Closing Stores

Macy’s and subsidiary Bloomingdale’s announced a series of store closings over the next year, with the two chains losing a combined total of nine stores.

Facebook Post Helps Solve Diamond Ring Theft

Police in Burlington, Vt., were able to nab a diamond thief by way of ring photos posted to a Facebook account.

Diamond Ring Enters Guinness World Records

 A ring inspired by a classic Russian fable about a swan that transforms into a princess has set a Guinness World Record for boasting the most set diamonds.

Fayetteville, N.C., Jeweler David Hinkamp Dies

David Hinkamp, co-owner of Hinkamp Jewelers in Fayetteville, N.C, died unexpectedly Jan. 1 at age 50, reports The Fayetteville Observer.

Birks & Mayors Gets New CEO

Jean-Christophe Bédos, who previously headed upscale jeweler Boucheron, has been named the new president and CEO of Birks & Mayors.

British Royal Jewels to Go On Display

Two centuries of personal jewels worn by British monarchs will be displayed at a special exhibit at Buckingham Palace in August and September.

14 Tips for Jewelry Merchandisers

Merchandising management has never been more important to the success of a retail jewelry store than it is today.

The Best of the Red Carpet in 2011

From up-and-coming starlets like Emma Stone to triple theats like J. Lo, see how singers, actresses, and headliners dressed—and accessorized—at a year’s worth of award shows, movie premieres, and other bling-worthy events.

American Idol Judge Steven Tyler Gets Engaged With a Loree Rodkin Ring

They say three times is a charm, and perhaps that is what rock star/American Idol judge Steven Tyler is hoping for in his third engagement, which took place over the holiday break according to People.com.

Citra Trading Founder Dies

Hirsh (“Hershel”) Chitrik, president and CEO of Citra Trading Corporation, died Dec. 28 in New York. He was 84.