10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of Oct. 7



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

118 Carat D Flawless Diamond Sets Record, But Big Blue Fails to Sell at Auction

“The greatest white diamond ever” indeed secured its place in the record books at Sotheby’s Oct. 7 Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels auction—although the equally notable Premier Blue failed to find a buyer.

Susan Jacques Named GIA President and CEO

Susan Jacques has been named president and CEO of the Gemological Institute of America, meaning she will resign her long-standing job as head of Nebraska retailer Borsheims.

235 Carat Diamond Found in Russia

Russian diamond miner ALROSA announced that it unearthed a 235.16 ct. diamond in September.

14 Carat Fancy Vivid Orange Diamond, World’s Largest, Being Auctioned by Christie’s

The Orange, a 14.82 ct. gem considered the largest fancy vivid orange diamond in the world, will lead the Nov. 12 Magnificent Jewels auction at Christie’s Geneva.

Borsheims Appoints New CEO

Borsheims director of merchandising Karen Goracke has been named president and CEO of the Omaha, Neb., jeweler.

Birthstone Jewelry: Opal Is the Birthstone of October

Opal’s play of light and range of colors mesmerizes fans of one-of-a-kinds.

3 Takeaways From Stuller’s Bridge Conference

Last week, the company presented a day of information that piqued and provoked—and challenged conventional wisdom about selling.

Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog Offers $1.8 Million African Diamond Trip

Neiman Marcus’ Christmas book is offering the “Forevermark Ultimate Diamond Experience.” For a mere $1.85 million, a buyer gets a 25 ct. rough diamond, plus the opportunity to see where it came from.

Get to Know Loretta Castoro of Loretta Castoro Jewelry

The Los Angeles–based gemologist/jewelry designer favors top-quality stones and a dove motif.

Recent Fall in Consumer Confidence Largest Since 2008 Crisis

According to a Gallup poll, Americans’ confidence in the economy has deteriorated more in past week than at any time since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.