10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of May 13



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

Gina Lollobrigida’s Earrings, 74 Carat Yellow Diamond Set Records at Sotheby’s

On May 14, a pair of natural pearl and diamond pendant earrings from the collection of screen legend Gina Lollobrigida fetched a record-setting $2,391,321 at Sotheby’s Geneva. A 74 ct. yellow diamond also set a new record.

J.C. Penney Follows Up Apology Commercial With “Thank You”

Less than two weeks after asking its customers to come back in a much-talked-about video, J.C. Penney is already declaring that they have returned to the beleaguered department store.

Harry Winston Pays Record $27 Million for 101.73 Carat D Flawless Diamond

On May 15, a spectacular 101.73 ct. D flawless diamond fetched an equally spectacular price at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva—$26.7 million, a new world record for a colorless diamond sold at auction. The buyer was Harry Winston, in one of its first moves under new owner Swatch.

Pearl Powerhouse Frank Mastoloni Dies

Francis J. “Frank” Mastoloni, a longtime pearl dealer and former president of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, died May 9 at age 87. 

Silver, Charms, and Diamonds Lead Mother’s Day Sales

Jewelers generally seemed happy with their Mother’s Day sales—scoring big with charms, silver, and diamonds purchased in honor of Mom.

How Jewels Worn by Television Characters Are Influencing Real-Life Jewelry Trends

Trend-spotting doesn’t begin and end on the red carpet. Stay tuned in to the celeb fashion on television’s most stylish shows.

Jewelry Street Style: What They’re Wearing in SoHo, New York City

A peek at how the trendy set in New York City accessorize.

Pandora Sales, Revenue Rose

Pandora’s sales and profits both rose in the first quarter, in what its CEO called a “strong start to the year.”

20 Easy Sterling Silver Pieces to Stock for Summer

When the weather gets hot, indulge your shoppers in some carefree summer style.

The Jewelry Industry in 2020

In my third and final dispatch from last month’s LINK Jewelry Summit in Vienna, I share some of the key demographic and business trends expected to shape the future of the trade.