10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of March 17

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

Cutting Remarks: Colorless Synthetic Diamonds Are Being Sold on the Internet (Finally)

It has certainly been a while since November 2010, when Gemesis first promised to sell lab-grown colorless diamonds over the Internet.          

Merit Sues Sterling Over Pendant

On March 9, Merit Diamond launched a lawsuit against Signet Jewelers, charging that a pendant being sold at its Jared chain infringes on Merit’s Sirena collection.

Swatch, Tiffany Legal Battle Intensifies

The ongoing battle between Tiffany and Swatch Group over the two parties’ failed watch company has escalated, with the legendary retailer launching a counterclaim against the leading watchmaker for some $589 million.          

Hublot Introduces $5 Million Watch

Many companies are targeting high-end buyers these days, but Hublot is taking it a step further, by introducing a watch loaded with more than 1,200 diamonds worth a cool $5 million.

9 Carat Purple-Pink Diamond to Highlight Christie’s Auction of Heiress’ Jewels

Christie’s will auction a collection of jewels from the estate of Huguette M. Clark, one of the heiresses of the gilded age, on April 17 in New York City.       

8.01 Carat Vivid Blue Diamond Ring to Lead Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sale

An 8.01 ct. vivid blue diamond ring is expected to rake in $11.5 million–$14 million during Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale on April 3.

Live From Baselworld: Mikimoto’s (Sold) One-of-a-Kind Pearl Necklace

The pearl brand did quite well this show by selling several one-offs, including this multiple-strand necklace of akoya pearls.        

2012 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award Winners

The people have spoken. Presenting the 51 winners of our annual design competition, an eclectic collection of jewels that covers all the retail bases: bridal, fashion, gemstones, and precious metals.

Platinum Price Tops Gold’s for First Time in Six Months

After an impressive six months of the price of gold topping the price of platinum, a recent sell-off in gold has caused it to slip below its traditionally more expensive sister metal for two days in a row.

Fresh Faces: Up-and-Coming Jewelry Lines to Stock Right Now

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