10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of March 31

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

Wartime Sweethearts Reunited With Engagement Rings After 65 Years

In the 1940s, Private David Kershaw received two rings as a token of appreciation from a Polish jeweler who had just been released from a concentration camp.

Signet Opening 45 U.S. Stores

Signet Jewelers will open 45 stores in the U.S. over the next fiscal year, CEO Michael Barnes said in the conference call following the announcement of the company’s financial results.

Ohio Jeweler Designs Mockingjay Pin for ‘The Hunger Games’

Dana Schneider, owner of Dana Schneider Jewelry, had the responsibility of designing the signature Mockingjay pin for the highly anticipated blockbuster The Hunger Games.

Rio Tinto Looks to Exit Diamond Business

In a surprise announcement that follows a similar move from BHP, Rio Tinto has announced it is considering exiting the diamond business.

Cutting Remarks: Why Miners Keep Ditching the Diamond Business

The news that Rio Tinto is looking to sell its diamond assets has sent shockwaves through the business; it’s the third major entity to express its intention to leave the industry in the last year

Cutting Remarks: Social Media: The Dark Side

Last week’s post about social media drew some great comments, with most promoting the good side of social networking for jewelers. To give a fully rounded picture, I wanted to address some of the pitfalls as well.

Cartier, Van Cleef Appoint New CEOs

Two big luxury names owned by Richemont will soon have new people in charge.

Appeal Filed in De Beers Antitrust Case

As expected, objecting lawyers have taken their issues with the De Beers antitrust settlement all the way to the Supreme Court.

Variety Hour: The Trendiest Watches of the Season

Luxury timepieces are back. They’re highly collectible, exceptionally crafted…and costlier than ever.

Former Wall Street Trader Debuts Jewelry Line

Jennifer Lau, a mother of five and former Wall Street trader, launched her collection, Genevieve Lau Jewelry, this January.