10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories: Week of Sept. 9



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

New Pearl Treatment Causes Permanent Damage, Says Lab

The trade is being warned to be on the lookout for a new pearl coating treatment that damages the gems’ surface—possibly permanently.

Neiman Marcus Being Sold to Private Equity Firms for $6 Billion

Ares Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have signed an agreement to acquire storied luxury chain Neiman Marcus for $6 billion.

Borsheims to Open Second Store, An Outlet

Warren Buffett-owned Borsheims Jewelry is opening its second store in November—in a Nebraska outlet mall.

Rare Pink, Blue, Yellow Diamonds Highlight Christie’s Auction

An 8.77 ct. fancy intense pink diamond, a 3.81 ct. fancy vivid blue, and a 5.13 ct. fancy vivid yellow will highlight the Oct. 15 Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York City.

Latest French Jewel Robbery Yields $2.6 Million Haul

It seems that jewel robberies in France are reaching epidemic levels.

Sterling, Zale Settle Lawsuit Over “Most Brilliant Diamond” Claim

The two biggest names in jewelry retail will only be fighting things out in the mall from now on.

Woman Uses Children to Steal $100,000 From Jeweler

In an unusual and saddening crime, an Illinois woman is accused of using two children to steal $100,000 in jewelry from a local retailer.

Jewelry Legends: Six Questions For Erica Courtney

The Hollywood-based designer dishes on how trusting her instincts helped boost her business and what matters most in the vendor-artist relationship.

Jewelry Industry Must Improve Online Marketing, Google Exec Says

The jewelry industry must improve its online marketing to compete in the new world, Sarah Nanasi, Google’s manager for advertiser technical solutions, told attendees at an Aug. 28 meeting of the American Gem Society’s New York/New Jersey Guild.

Tiffany Hires Design Director

Tiffany and Co. has appointed Francesca Amfitheatrof design director.