10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of March 25

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

Napoleon’s Engagement Ring Sells for More Than $1 Million

The ring Napoleon gave to Josephine sold for 896,400 euros (including fees), or $1.15 million, French auction house Osenat tells JCK.

Retailers Experimenting With “Just Looking” Fees

Two retailers—seemingly in a reaction to showrooming—have experimented with “just looking” fees and similar charges for customers who browse but don’t buy.

Is 3-D Printing the Future of the Jewelry Industry?

Although Kimberly Ovitz debuted her 3-D printed jewelry at this winter’s New York Fashion Week, you don’t have to be a famous designer to use the inventive technology.

Guinness Certifies the “World’s Most Valuable Necklace”

Guinness World Records has certified the 637 ct. Mouawad L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace as the most valuable necklace in the world, according to Mouawad.

Signet Announces Record Results, Plans to Open More Than 65 New Stores

Signet reported record results for fiscal 2013, and plans to open 65 to 75 new stores in the United States over the next year.

75 Carat D-Color Pear-Shaped Diamond to Lead Sotheby’s Auction

A 75 ct. D-color pear-shaped diamond—the most important white gem ever to be auctioned in the United States—is expected to rake in between $9–$12 million when it goes up for sale at Sotheby’s annual spring auction of Magnificent Jewels on April 17.

Etsy Bumps “Fine Jewelry” From Homepage

Esty will no longer tout “fine jewelry” on its homepage, in response to lower-than-expected results from the category.

Senate Votes in Support of Online Sales Tax

On March 22, the United States Senate overwhelmingly voted in support of the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would require online companies to collect sales tax.

Court Reverses Decision That “Red Gold” is Generic

On March 19, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision by a lower court that found the term red gold to be generic.

Are You Head Over Heels For Your Boyfriend Jewelry?

Female celebrities have been spotted wearing their boyfriends’ names on their jewelry lately. Is this a trend jewelers can take advantage of, or is it just tacky?

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