After a 24 percent year-on-year drop in the first half of this year, global jewellery fabrication is expected to record a six percent year-on-year increase in the final half, according to GFMS’s Gold Survey 2008 update.
The United States’ Tom Lantos ‘Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008’, which bars Burmese rubies and jadeite from entering America via third party countries, may cause collateral damage in Burma, according to The International Colored Gemstone Association.
In view of the global economic crisis, Avi Paz, president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses, has appealed to diamond mining companies to reduce the quotas of their rough diamond supplies.
The 5th ICA International Poster Competition is being held to promote the appreciation and trade of colored gemstones
In Pandora Jewelry, LLC v. Chamilia, LLC the United States District Court for the District of Maryland ruled that the interchangeability of Chamilia and Pandora beads “only promotes competition and choice for consumers”.
Michael Hill International has bought 17 stores in the US from Chicago-based retailer Whitehall Jewelers.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has teamed up with Leonardo DiCaprio to raise money for the environment with the ‘Time to Care’ program.
The Passion8 jewellery range consists of rings, pendants and earrings featuring “Australia’s most well cut brightest diamonds in superior quality white and yellow gold and platinum jewellery settings”.
Following the opening of its first Australian twinstore in the Sydney CBD last year, Bvlgari will open an even larger one in Melbourne this month.
Romantic couples can now handcraft each other’s wedding bands in Sydney under the guidance of an experienced jeweller.
Percy Marks owner Cameron Marks has joined forces with seven other “bridal experts” to provide up-to-the-minute wedding advice on the internet.
The Jewellers Association of Australia has warned jewellery retailers and suppliers to keep away from inaccurately graded diamonds.
Standards Australia has introduced two new standards for gold, silver, rolled gold and plated jewel-lery in Australia.
Developed to stamp out consumer confusion around claims and jewellery markings, the new Stan-dards will provide Australian jewellers,
Pandora plans to continue raising money for the National Breast Care Foundation by selling ‘pink ribbon’ beads.
Last year the company raised $70,762 for the NBCF from sales of two beads designed by Pandora designer Lone Frandsen.
A French professor specialising in opals and coloured diamonds, Australia’s leading colour gemstone expert and Asia’s top jade authority were the key speakers at the Gemmological Association of Australia’s national conference in Coober Pedy.
The Hearts On Fire company has begun closing 120 retail accounts in the US to “consolidate and strengthen its family of independent retail jewelers”.
Paspaley opened the doors to its first Asian flagship store, a 200 square-metre pearl emporium on Canton Road in Hong Kong, last week.