10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of March 18

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

239 Carat Diamond Recovered in Botswana

A 239.2 ct. rough diamond has been recovered from the Karowe mine in Botswana.

Gold Will Sink to $1,300, Says Australian Government

The price of gold will sink down to $1,300 an ounce in the coming years, according to a report from the Australian government’s Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics.

J.C. Penney Warns Turnaround May Not Be Successful

J.C. Penney’s new initiatives may not be enough to stop its ongoing slide in sales and profits, the company warned in its latest financial filing.

Pandora, Trollbeads Sign IP Deal

Pandora has signed a new intellectual property deal with Trollbeads covering the designs of glass charms.

Will a Ring Replace Your Google Password?

If you want to log into Google, then you’d better put a ring on it—at least that may be the case in the future if the company moves away from typed passwords.

Samsung Also Making Smartwatch

In the latest indication that electronic companies are targeting the watch business, Samsung, the South Korean brand that has emerged as a fierce competitor to Apple in the smartphone market, reportedly also plans to introduce a smartwatch.

Helzberg, Swarovski Called Top Workplaces

Helzberg and Swarovski are among the “The 100 Best Retailers to Work for in 2012,” according to TheRetailLife.com.

EBay Lowers Fees in Challenge to Amazon

In what observers are calling a swipe at Amazon Marketplace, eBay has taken the rare step of lowering the majority of its fees for sellers.

Functional Jewelry: The Next Frontier?

This industry has often admitted that there is no functional use to just about all the items we sell. Could that change?

The What, Where, and Why of QR Codes

A quick-response, or QR, code is a mystery to many. But “the little box with the squiggly lines,” as one user describes it, is how jewelers on the cutting edge are connecting with customers.

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