The 10 Most Popular Jewelry News Stories and Tweets of July 2012

At the beginning of July, I casually asked our editorial assistant Stephanie Schaefer if she knew where the gold medals awarded at the Olympics came from.

Not too long after that, she had the answer and the most popular news story on JCKonline for the month. I’ve been plotting her next wild goose chase ever since.

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Here are the top 10 most popular jewelry news stories from July 2012:

Where Do Olympic Gold Medals Come From?

“Now I don’t feel so bad that I never qualified for the Olympics,” says loyal commenter Anne Timmons-Harris after reading gold medals are made from just 1.34 percent gold.

J.C. Penney Plans to Eliminate Cash Registers by 2013

“I’m not interested in going into a store if I am at risk of having my credit cards compromised by an opportunist,” says commenter Jackie Tharp. “I’d rather sit in the comfort of my own home and shop on the internet without the threat of RFID thieves.”

Retailers Can Now Charge Extra for Credit Card Purchases

Retailers in most states will now be able to add checkout fees to customers’ credit card purchases, because of a settlement of a class action suit between credit card companies and a class representing 7 million retailers.

Feds Shut Down 70 Websites Selling Counterfeits

“Why hasn’t the list of websites been published to protect the consumers?” asks commenter Arthur Klein. “The list should also be available to retailers to use when customers come in the store & say the saw a certain product at a much-reduced price.”

Undisclosed Synthetic Diamonds Found in Hong Kong

“It is inevitable that these lab grown stones will be filtered out into the market place as naturals,” says commenter John. “As long as only a major laboratory can afford the machine to detect them we will not be able to tell the difference.”

Buckingham Palace Exhibiting 10,000 Royal Diamonds

More than 10,000 diamonds—including seven stones cut from the world-famous Cullinan—were on display at Buckingham Palace in London from June 30 to July 8.

Company Sued Over Tiffany-Branded Snacks

“I think they should sue every girl in the country named Tiffany!” says commenter Sales.

Internet Sales Tax Law May Pass Soon

Insert obligatory brick-and-mortar store owner rant here. What do e-tailers think about this pending legislation?

Louis Vuitton, Versace Opening Jewelry Stores

Two major fashion names—Louis Vuitton and Versace—plan to open several jewelry-only stores.

Sterling Jewelers Announces Staffing Changes

“The reason that Sterling is light years ahead of their competition is because of the long tenure of their headquarters staff,” says commenter Stoneman.

The top 10 tweets of July 2012: