10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of July 8

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

2.95 Carat Diamond Found at Arkansas Park

On July 4, Terry Staggs of Richmond, Ky., unearthed a 2.95 ct. brown diamond at Arkansas’ famous Crater of Diamonds State Park.

ABC News Finds Jewelers Not Disclosing Clarity Enhancement, Inflating Appraisals

The ABC News show The Lookout says two New York City jewelers did not properly disclose the diamonds they sold were fracture-filled and sold gems with inflated appraisals.

Retail Clerk Waits to Wait on Phone-Using Customer

In an event that has spurred a worldwide debate on manners, a checkout clerk at a London store refused service to a shopper who was talking on her cellular phone until she hung up.

Texas Jeweler Steve Magner Dies

On July 3, Steve Magner, former executive vice president of precious jewelry at Neiman Marcus in Texas, died at the age of 63.

Russian Chain Tries Out Technology That Reads Shoppers’ Emotions

A Russian retail chain is experimenting with facial recognition technology that can read customers’ sex and age—and their emotions.

“Obamacare” Employer Mandate Delayed

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act mandate that employers with 50 or more full-time employees provide them health insurance is being delayed for one year, the Treasury Department announced July 2.

Engaged Couples Praying for Rain Thanks to Jewelry Store Promotion

One lucky couple is now getting a refund because of the precipitation on their big day.

Signet U.K. CEO to Step Down

Signet Jewelers has announced that Rob Anderson, CEO of Signet’s U.K. division, will leave the company at the end of July.

Chopard Platinum and Diamond Necklace to Play Role in New ‘Diana’ Film?

A price-on-request stunner was worn by actress Naomi Watts during filming of the upcoming film about Princess Diana, but we’ll have to wait until the release to know if it made the final cut.

Kara Ross New York Appoints New President

Kara Ross New York has appointed Diane M. McNulty as president.

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