Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stuller enlists industry veteran to as Bridal VP

Stuller has hired Craig Race as its new bridal jewellery vice president as of March 15. “With Craig’s combined 35 years of retail and jewelry manufacturing experience, I am excited to have him join our team,” says Harold Dupuy, chief merchandising officer. “I am confident that his professional merchandising experience, especially in bridal jewelry, will serve us well and I look forward to his future contributions.”

Responsibilities will include providing vision, direction and product leadership for Stuller’s bridal product segment, including all activities associated with bridal product development, merchandising and marketing.

RJC membership grows


Birks introduces new designer Esty

Birks welcomes Esty as a new exclusive designer for Birks. The pieces are handcrafted in her studio on the French Riviera. The designs are fresh, fluid pieces that represent marine life and stylized nature. The collection will be available across the country in the next coming weeks. "Discovering the living organisms that can be found in water is a major source of inspiration," noted Esty of her influences behind the collection. "Often, the forms I reproduce come to me in a dream, inspired by things that I may have seen in the sea or in a field." Prices range from $215 for a wide band ring in sterling silver to $1,175 for cuff bracelet in sterling silver and 18k yellow gold.

Gold sales 'picking up in Dubai'


Chris Aire to launch new gold jewellery collection


JOULE opens boutique in north London


Diavik begins underground mine operation


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Accused hospital jewellery thief suffers injuries: update



The designs of Lorraine Schwartz have graced the arms, fingers, necks and ears of such red carpet mainstays as Angelina Jolie and Beyonce but the New York-based jeweller’s designs have graced another American celebrity – Barbie. Schwartz designed a one-of-a-kind doll accessorized in diamonds, which was sold for USD$7,500 in an online charity auction. Schwartz was one of 12 designers, including Tory Burch, Botkier and Betsey Johnson, who designed accessories for the iconic doll with proceeds benefiting scholarship programs for the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The designers raised $16,500 for the charity.

Hamilton Watches Supports Canadian Designer Philip Sparks

Inspired by American author Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick, Canadian design maverick (truly one to watch) Philip Sparks unofficially kicked off Toronto Fashion Week last week with some help from Hamilton Watches. With each model wearing a distinct timepiece to match each runway outfit from the Fall-Winter 2010 collection, the watches enjoyed as much promotion as the clothing did. Hamilton sponsored both the Montreal and Toronto shows, citing the "similar aesthetic and consumer demographic and appeal of each brand." Standouts from the collection featured checked cotton dress shirts, and tweed coordinates.

Ottimo Creations exclusive new distributor for TW Steel watches

Quebec-based Ottimo Creations is reporting great results as the exclusive distributor for TW Steel watches in Canada. “We have been the exclusive TW STEEL distributor for Canada since October 2008,” says Ottimo’s Steve Levy, who runs the business with wife Rose. “We are pleased that the stores we have introduced them to are doing well in Canada, which are primary mid-to-high-end watch and jewellery stores across the country.” TW Steel, based in the Netherlands, recently introduced its new TECH collection at Basel that is sure to be a big hit here. The collection consists of seven new models, available in either 45mm or 48mm editions, with the styling founded on the popularity of the now sold-out limited edition TW Steel A1GP TECH watches. All watches are made of high-grade stainless steel. Some editions utilize rose gold plating on the cases or the option for PVD black plating for a distinguished finish.

Fiori Launches Obaku Harmony Watches in Canada

Obaku watches, originating from Denmark, now has Canadian operations based out of Montreal. The brand has just announced that it will introduce 46 new styles in 200 variations live from Basel, and will retail from $89 to $235. The new watches emphasize a high degree of functionality, and some even include environmentally-friendly movements using batteries free from lead and Mercury. The brand expects the line will be represented in over a thousand retail outlets in over 30 countries by 2011. Check out CJ June/July for our Watch special.

Swarovski Unveils Atelier Collection

Swarovski has teamed up with several fashion heavyweights to design the new Swarovski Atelier 2010 collection. Among the participants include jewellery design duo Anthony Carmago & Nak Armstrong, footwear maven Nicholas Kirkwood, British fashion maverick Matthew Williamson and First Lady favourite (and Canadian-raised) Jason Wu. The collections overall are filled with strong statement pieces meant to inspire and emulate four very different corners of the fashion world. Kirkwood’s pieces (much like his own brand) are structural and functional, designed in metal, leather and crystal pavĂ© that can be effortlessly paired with a variety of looks. Williamson, however, is bold and bright, using the crystals to reconstruct geometric shapes in signature prints from his Spring/Summer 2010 runway collection. Anthony Nak is the most daring, yet traditional, of the collection, with gothic architecture as a key source inspiring the grandiose feel of statement necklaces with floating pendants and tear-shaped crystals. “For Spring 2010, I have teamed up with Nadja Swarovski and Atelier Swarovski to create a collection of jewellery that exhibits the same texture and sculptural details seen in my work,” says Wu, who also brings his A-game with using the cluster technique to group crystal beads and employs layers of faceted crystals to create a textured, defined silhouette. “The pieces are a study in contrast, with exposed chainmail and burnished metal alongside delicate crystals.”

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

American Craft Council Accepting Applications for August Show




Lauren Klein releases new line of yellow gold necklaces


French mint unveils gold coin plans


Indian festival 'to raise gold jewellery demand by 30%


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Apollo Gold's First Assay Results from Drilling at Pike River Property Show High Grade Gold Mineralization


Berkshire Hathaway jewellery division posts 12% fall in 2009 revenues


Silver jewellery captivates young consumers in China


The De Lotz Stamp: London Styles


AGTA, CIBJO and ICA Join to Adopt Colored Gemstone Disclosure Codes


Ivanka Trump showcases gold jewellery line in New York


Gold jewellery retailer reports increase in sales


London Jewellery Week 2010 announced


GIA Conducts First Bahrain Classes


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Swarovski to launch timepieces for 2010


Dalumi to unveil yellow diamond collection at HK Fair


Couple arrested in Saturday jewelry theft during which boy, 4, was left behind


2010 CIBJO Congress Wraps Up in Munich


Cartier confirms it is closing accounts


CEO Summit for jewelry designers set for March


Sotheby's puts 'Millennium' blue diamond on block


PGI-USA offering free platinum Web site content


Opening-day attendance up at JA New York show


Howard Schaeffer, HK Schaeffer & Company, 89


Gold jewellery 'complements this season's Parisian trends'


Gold jewellery 'complements this season's Parisian trends'


Monday, March 1, 2010

Howard Schaeffer, HK Schaeffer & Company, 89


GIA Offers Laboratory Services During the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show