Supplier News: Week of Dec. 15

White Pine Debuts Retail Partnerships Service

Recycled diamond and jewelry company White Pine Trading announced the launch of its new Retail Partnerships Service, which will lend support to retailers in buying back clients’ unwanted items.

Through the program, retailers can send their customers’ jewelry directly to White Pine for valuation and potential sale. Customers who accept White Pine’s offer then have the opportunity to receive payment in the form of a check or store credit. White Pine will also host on-site buying events for qualified retailers, during which experts will meet with customers, evaluate their items, and make instant offers.

“In addition to the financial benefits retailers realize from commissions and store credit sales, the Retail Partnerships Service helps preserve and maintain strong relationships with customers,” said Sam Ziefer, White Pine’s director of retail partnership development. “Our retail partners, who may not have the capital or valuation resources to purchase the jewelry on their own, can now connect a potential customer with White Pine rather than lose the lead altogether. The retailers can then earn commissions, while also gaining customer loyalty.  It’s a win-win.”

Learn more about buying and selling jewelry through White Pine here.


YOKO London jewelry worn by modelYoko London Announced as Official Jewelry Partner of EE British Academy Film Awards

Luxury pearl jeweler Yoko London has been named the official jewelry partner of the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) in 2015.

“Our partnership with BAFTA is a superb collaboration of two British brands who are leaders in their respective fields,” said Yoko London CEO Michael Hakimian. “We are proud to be supporting BAFTA in their celebration of excellence in film. Our luxurious and distinctive creations are perfectly aligned with the glamour and style seen at the film awards.”

Yoko London’s designs will be on display at the BAFTA nominee style suites at the Savoy Hotel in London, where nominees, presenters, and BAFTA VIPs will be invited to bejewel themselves for the awards on February 8 at the Royal Opera House.

“We are thrilled to introduce Yoko London as our new jewelry partner forthe EE British Academy Film Awards,” said BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry. “Nominees and presenters will be offered very special and unique jewelry from Yoko London’s stunning collection to wear for the awards weekend next February.”

Above: a model wears Yoko London’s jewelry

Learn more about the partnership here.

Jewelers Mutual Foresees Increase in Jewelry Sales

Financial forecasters are predicting a moderate climb in overall retail sales this holiday season and a solid increase in jewelry sales, which could also translate into a future boost in repeat visits from new and existing customers, says Jewelers Mutual Insurance.

The company used insights from Time Inc. and’s annual Survey of Affluence & Wealth in making its assertion. According to the survey, jewelry and watches will be among the top gifts this holiday season.

“We believe men and women feel the need to reward themselves for their hard work at keeping their lives together during the recessionary years,” said YouGov vice chairman Jim Taylor.

Learn more about luxury holiday sales here.


Leibish & Co. Unveils Diamond Mobile Site

Fancy color diamond and jewelry company Leibish & Co. has released a new mobile site for buying diamonds and diamond jewelry online.

With the mobile site, customers have full disclosure of product price and the capability to custom-design their own jewelry.

Learn more about the site here.


PGI-USA Launches Retail Program Celebrating Top Platinum Sales Professionals

Platinum Guild International has introduced the Platinum Hall of Fame, a new program honoring the nation’s most talented platinum sales professionals.

PGI uses feedback from mystery shoppers who visit stores throughout the United States to name their honorees. The mystery shoppers evaluate in-store experience and identify sales professionals who demonstrate outstanding product knowledge and customer care. Sales professionals who receive perfect scores on their evaluation reports are inducted into the Platinum Hall of Fame.

“We created the Platinum Hall of Fame to recognize and honor exceptional sales professionals who are passionate about platinum,” said PGI-USA CEO Huw Daniel. “These individuals epitomize what it means to be a successful sales professional. They are dedicated to their jobs by staying current on platinum training, and they understand today’s consumer, which enables them to connect with customers on an emotional level. We are excited to welcome the inaugural class. “

Learn more about the program here.


Duchess of Cambridge Wears Annoushka Earrings During New York Visit

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was seen wearing a pair of Annoushka pearl earring drops at the Northside Center for Child Development during her recent visit to New York City. The Duchess was photographed wearing the earrings at a number of engagements throughout 2014.

See where the Duchess wore Annoushka earrings here.