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Here are the top 10 most popular jewelry news stories from September 2012:
According to a local news report, owner Gary Thrapp is back to work.
“For all those that think this is doing good for the industry you are absolutely wrong,” says commenter George_Dek. “Customers doubt jewelers’ integrity as if it was part of their religious belief system. We are less trusted then used car salesmen. And it is exactly for this reason.”
Blue Nile has now committed whole-hog to growing its fashion jewelry business—it’s hiring a design director, has appointed a new chief merchant, and just unveiled its first proprietary line with Monique Lhuillier. What are your thoughts on what it means for the industry?
Bailey Banks & Biddle Group has hired Baltimore-based Smyth Jewelers to manage the company’s nine locations.
“If this information proves true, and I hope it does not, I am going to have to get better at working in silver and alternative metals!” says commenter Jennifer S.
The first De Beers class action checks have been received, and from what senior editor Rob Bates hears, industry folk are surprisingly happy with them. Have you gotten yours yet? Feel free to email Rob with comments.
This is some seriously awesome emerald bling. Don’t miss checking it out.
“Why does everyone on both sides of the political fence make it seem wrong to spend money on nice things, or to have good taste in clothing or jewelry?” says commenter Mark Fandel. “It is a good thing that our first lady appreciates nice things, and wears them well.”
“Let’s hope that since the GIA, AGL, and other labs internationally are now identifying this material as ‘manufactured’ or ‘composite’ products—neither of which can be sold as genuine ruby, treated or otherwise—and industry groups are petitioning the FTC to take steps to ensure they’ll be identified in a way that prohibits selling them as ‘ruby,'” says commenter Antoinette Matlins.
Two diamonds said to be stolen from a Dallas retailer have turned up at the Gemological Institute of America’s Hong Kong lab—and now the retailer has launched a court case to determine their true ownership.
The top 10 tweets of September 2012:
— Tara J. Brannigan (@kindofstrange) September 28, 2012
— InternationalDiamond (@IntDiamondInc) September 23, 2012
January Jones, what are you thinking with nothing on your ears???!!!!
— WJA(@WomensJewelry) September 23, 2012
— Rings Unique (@RingsUnique) September 21, 2012
— Diamond Empowerment(@DEF_AFRICA) September 21, 2012
— Diamonds Witha Story (@DmndsWithaStry) September 20, 2012
— Melissa Bernardo (@mrbplus) September 19, 2012
This diamond encrusted dress costs $3.5m and weighs 29lbs: not exactly daywear! Love it? Hate it? What’s your verdict?fashion.telegraph.co.uk/videos/TMG9546…
— Forevermark (@forevermark) September 18, 2012
Dear Apple, We totally love how the new iPhone colors match our Metro and upcoming Dark Metro collections!… fb.me/2pSnCnDyo
— Honora Pearls (@HonoraPearls) September 14, 2012
— Intercept Jewelry (@InterceptTech) September 12, 2012