10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of May 14

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

Texas Jewelry Store Owner Engages in Shoot-Out With Robber

On May 9, an attempted robbery turned violent when a man posing as a customer tried to rob Randy’s Fine Jewelers in Beaumont, Texas.

The Ruby Ruse: How Jewelers Can Avoid the Lead Glass–Filled Gems

What happens when undisclosed lead glass–filled rubies enter the market? Here’s how retailers can avoid disastrous results.

J.C. Penney Suffers $163 Million Net Loss in Q1

J.C. Penney recorded a net loss of $163 million in the first quarter of 2012, compared with a $64 million profit last year.

Legendary 35 Carat Beau Sancy Diamond Sells for $9 Million in Record Sotheby’s Auction

The Beau Sancy Diamond—a stone passed down through four royal families—sold for $9 million during Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale May 15.

Angelina Jolie & Robert Procop’s New Jewelry Collection

In August 2010, Robert Procop began working with ­Angelina Jolie on Style of Jolie, a collection of sumptuous gemstone pieces distinguished by saturated colors in streamlined 18k gold settings.

The Life of Luxury Jewelry and Watch Shoppers

Analyzing the shopping habits and spending patterns of affluent consumers

Efva Attling’s Funky Diamond Bling Ring

A hefty 18k white gold and diamond ring from the Swedish designer makes a powerful statement.

How F-Commerce Failed Retailers

It does not appear that selling on Facebook is the future of online retail.

Hearts On Fire Plans Chain of 75 Stores

Hearts On Fire unveiled a new design concept at the opening of its store at the Forum Shops in Las Vegas that marks the beginning of an aggressive international retail expansion strategy.

Three Designers You Should See During Jewelry Week

There will be thousands of firms exhibiting at the various shows in Las Vegas this year, but here are three you should definitely check out and why.