Top Jewelry News: Week of Dec. 3

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

Christie’s Displays Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels
Christie’s will auction off 80 pieces from Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection on Dec. 13 in New York City. JCK photo editor Emma Hopson provides an exclusive look at the collection.

Emerald Ear Pendants Set Record at Christie’s Auction
A pair of emerald earrings set a new record for a pair of emerald ear pendants at Christie’s Hong Kong auction on Nov. 29.

Jewelers Bouyed by Bright Black Friday
Jewelers generally reported solid Black Friday sales—and hope that indicates a healthy holiday.

New Hampshire Jeweler Charged With Receiving Stolen Property
Hung Hoang owner of Golden Times Fine Jewelers in Concord, N.H., was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property and falsifying evidence.

Forecast Gives Jewelers Hope for Strong Holiday Sales
Consumers will spend $4.7 billion on jewelry this holiday season—a 7 percent increase from last year—according to a forecast from industry research firm IBISWorld.

6 Finalists Named for $40,000 Engagement Ring Contest
Scott Anderson, president and CEO of the online diamond jeweler Union Diamond, revealed the six finalists in his “My Perfect Union” contest that will award the winner a $40,000 diamond and platinum engagement ring.

U.S. Marshals to Auction Embezzler’s Jewelry Online
The U.S. Marshals Service will hold a national jewelry auction online Dec. 3 and 4, consisting of jewelry items seized from convicted criminals.

Jolly’s, Longtime North Carolina Jeweler, Closing
Jolly’s Jewelers and Silversmiths, a 130-year-old well-regarded Raleigh, N.C.-based AGS jeweler, has announced it is going out of business.

From the blogs:

Why Groupon and Other Group Deal Sites May Have Hit a Wall
Just a few years back, Groupon and similar services were the toast of the Internet.

Get To Know Ana Cavalheiro of Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry
The Charlottesville, Va.-based jewelry designer abandoned a career in banking to craft castle-inspired pieces in gold and silver.

Bernie Robbins Jewelers: Anatomy of a Rebranding
In this Retail Details blog, Bernie Robbins Jewelers’ rebranding campaign, which began in June and intensified in the fourth quarter, comes under the microscope.

Nina Basharova’s Judgment Awaits in JCK Rock Star Episode 7
Nina Basharova is an award-winning designer—18 awards in just FOUR years—but despite all of that talent and recognition, the New York City-based designer still has the jitters about her participation in the JCK Rock Star competition.

From the JCK Archives: Tips From 1925 on How to Sell Giftware
Helpful tips from the Dec. 9, 1925 issue of The Jewelers’ Circular on how jewelers can make their gift departments a success.

Why More Companies Want to Know Exactly Where Their Materials Come From
In the last year, we have heard a lot of talk about industry players developing traceable “chains of custody” for the raw materials in their jewelry.

How Optimistic Should Jewelers Be This Holiday Season?
Opinions throughout the industry have varied.

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