John Howie, the former chief executive of the Jewellers Association of Australia, has officially launched Master Jewellers Australia to give quality independent jewellers ‘a voice in an industry dominated by chain stores and existing buyers group’.
The Jewellers & Watchmakers of New Zealand annual trade fair is facing increased competition this year with the announcement that Australian company Expertise Events will be holding its inaugural New Zealand fair at the same time.
The Dubai Pearl Exchange, a subsidiary of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, will host the inaugural World Pearl Forum next month.
The Gemological Institute of America and Jewelers of America have begun working together to better fulfill their individual missions and directly benefit their constituencies.
The Wittelsbach diamond, a 17th century cushion-shaped fancy deep grayish blue VS2 diamond weighing 35.56 carats, has sold for US $24,311,190 at Christie’s in London – a world record price for a diamond sold at auction.
Rami Baron, the president of the newly formed Diamond Dealers Club of Australia, explains why Australia needs its own bourse.
Jenny Berich discovers the hidden treasures from the world’s largest archipelago.
Jenny Berich meets the woman running Australia’s largest importer and wholesaler of findings.
Although yellow gold remains the world’s best known precious metal, Jenny Berich reports that ‘white is the new yellow’ for many in the jewellery industry.
More than 1000 visitors attended the first dedicated colored gemstone trade fair, ICA International Gem Show, in Dubai in October.
Linneys, one of WA’s best known jewellery stores, has earned national and international recognition by handcrafting jewellery from ‘local’ pearls, diamonds and gold.
Jenny Berich discovers that mankind’s lust for the mysterious jewel from the deep continues to grow – irrespective of changing economic fortunes.
Emeralds, the birthstone of May, have been prized as precious jewels for thousands of years.
Jenny Berich talks to the man behind the Australian branded watches with Swiss watch movements.
Ian Hadassin, the CEO of the Jewellers Association of Australia, discusses his first 12 months in the industry’s top job.
The marriage of an award-winning jeweller and a business-minded watchmaker is the foundation for one of WA’s most successful jewellery stores – Blennerhassett Fine Jewellers.
Jenny Berich charts the success of Aram Atakliyan – one of Australia’s last remaining handmade chain manufacturers.
Ruby, the birthstone of July, can cost from $3 to $23,000 per carat
Andrew Cody, the president of the International Coloured Gemstone Association, reveals his plans to increase sales of coloured gemstones around the world.
Winning the De Beers Diamonds-International Award in 2000 catapulted ‘suburban jeweller’ John Calleija to the centre of the world’s jewellery stage – a position he’s thrived in ever since.
Economists may be forecasting gloom and doom but watch suppliers and retailers remain confident that timepieces will continue to perform well in the coming months – at least at the top end of the market.
New treatments are making it increasingly difficult to tell the difference between natural and treated diamonds.
Local wholesalers and retailers reveal what impact the ‘slowing economy’ is having on diamond sales.
Jenny Berich meets the woman behind the most popular jewellery brand in Australia today.
Kevin Hitchins, the president of the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia, explains the importance of making a mark in the jewellery industry.
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 natural beauty of pearls is increasingly being enhanced by a variety of treatments.
Despite gloomy reports about the British economy, London’s premier jewellery event, IJL 2008, literally sparkled with the latest designs from more than 800 English and international jewellery exhibitors.
Father and son team Alfredo and Richard Munoz combine precision engineering with their creative talents to produce findings – and fine jewellery.
Australia’s oldest jewellery store, Kozminsky in Melbourne, proves that classic products and quality service never go out of style.
Gabi Tolkowsky, the world’s most famous diamond cutter, reveals the secrets behind his success.
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.
Paspaley opened the doors to its first Asian flagship store, a 200 square-metre pearl emporium on Canton Road in Hong Kong, last week.
The Hearts On Fire company has begun closing 120 retail accounts in the US to “consolidate and strengthen its family of independent retail jewelers”.
Like almost all precious and semi-precious gemstones topaz and tanzanite are increasingly being enhanced with treatments.
A listing of up-and-coming jewellery industry events from around the world