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  • Jewelers of America (JA), the leading non-profit jewelry association in the US - founded over a century ago to advance the jewelry industry and consumer trust - has announced the winners of its 28th annual CASE Awards, a national jewelry design competition. The CASE Awards recognize custom-designed and crafted pieces of jewelry for their creativity, artistry, skills and excellence in quality and style, and "showcases the creativity and expertise of designers in Jewelers of America member retail stores across the country,” said JA President & CEO David J.

  • At the annual pinnacle of high-end celebrity jewelry and fashion, Oscars night, the bling on the red carpet did not disappoint. High-end jewelry reporter Anthony DeMarco covered the glamorous event for Forbes magazine, noting that diamonds and white metals were the overwhelming favorite among the stars. The other major trend on the Oscars red carpet, he writes, was sparkling drop earrings, particularly pear shaped gems or filigree designs. Necklaces were not as prevalent as in past years but those that did appear were sparkling diamond statements.

  • Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will battle each other on Saturday (August 26) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The World Boxing Council (WBC) has created a special “Money Belt” made of diamonds and gold for the occasion. The belt, which features the names of both combatants, has 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds and approximately 1.5 kilograms of 24k gold. The “Money Belt” strap is made from crocodile leather.

  • Diamonds Unleashed, a “profits with purpose” company with a social mission solely dedicated to the causes of women, has joined forces with Serena Williams – one of the brand’s distinguished ambassadors – to launch a collection this fall exclusively on HSN, announced Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross today in a press release. The Diamonds Unleashed for Serena Williams jewelry collection will debut September 12, 2016 during New York Fashion Week. It will accompany Serena Williams’ new fall collection on the runway during her fashion show.

  • Rio Tinto’s Argyle Pink Diamonds have partnered with esteemed Japanese bridal house, Hatsuko Endo, to showcase the finest in beauty and romance from Australia and Japan, creating "a spectacular collaboration of craftsmanship and couture", according to a press release. Hatsuko Endo’s exquisite collection of international designer wedding gowns was paired on the runway in Tokyo with bespoke Argyle pink diamond jewelry, created by some of the finest Japanese jewelry master-craftsmen.

  • The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) spoke with Andrew Prince, a designer with an encyclopedic knowledge of jewelry history and impeccable credentials, about designing the jewelry for seasons three and four of the wildly popular TV series, Downton Abbey. Prince brought an art historian’s eye to his jewelry. Even the stones were fashioned to mirror the cutting styles of the Edwardian and Art Deco eras.

  • Diamonds and lingerie...we (at least some of us) at The Diamond Loupe would be hard-pressed to come up with a finer combination. A grand centerpiece of lingerie has been a longstanding tradition at Victoria’s Secret for nearly two decades, with glitzy iterations adorning famous runway walkers like Claudia Schiffer and Gisele Bündchen. Now, after 685 hours of labor and more than 6,500 precious gems, the Fireworks Fantasy Bra is finally here.

  • In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Talisman Collection, De Beers has unveiled new Talisman designs characterized by a palette of brilliant colours, combining both rough and polished diamonds. De Beers pioneered the introduction of rough diamonds into modern jewellery with the launch of the Talisman collection. François Delage, CEO of De Beers Diamond Jewellers comments: “We are delighted to unveil the De Beers Talisman unique creations here in Paris during Haute Couture.

  • Gouaché design of the 'Coquillage Mystérieux' ring by Van Cleef & Arpels (collection 'Red Sea' from the 'Seven Seas' series, presented in June 2015) is made of white gold, pink gold, red gold, round and troidia-cut diamonds, blue and mauve sapphires, and Mystery Set rubies which are used for the shells. The shells with Van Cleef & Arpels' legendary invisible stone setting are equipped with a mechanism which allows to open and close the shells like a case; inside are blue and mauve sapphires and in the middle a star of diamonds.

  • Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, produced the Jewelers of America Fashion Show at American Gem Society (AGS) Conclave. Jewelry lit up the runway during the fashion show that combined clothing from esteemed New York fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo with the fine jewelry of 27 jewelry brands.

  • Bloomberg interviews Bobby White, an established diamond designer who has catered to numerous stars, including Beyoncé. 
     

  • Cartier’s animal inspired jewelry has amazed the world for more than a century. Its latest design, a one-of-a kind platinum cuff shaped like a serpent, is no exception to this. The cuff is a miniature of a serpent covered with 1,700 diamonds, holding a 53.78-carat cabochon-cut rare emerald. It took seven craftsmen about 2,000 hours to create the cuff by hand.
     

  • The Federation of Swiss Watches reported that exports jumped 5.2 percent on the year to $2.34 billion last month.

  • The recent jewelry trend among US celebrities is characterised by "understated" pieces such as small drop or stud earrings.

  • “No longer is it all about the stone (…), but more about the designer, their inspirations and aesthetics and design techniques.”
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    This year’s holiday season will be all about statement jewelry, with bold accents and strikingly powerful shapes.

  • With the rise of the metrosexual man and male celebrities such as David Beckham setting the tone, men are becoming increasingly interested in wearing jewelry and are willing to spend more on it. Name brands and department stores are stocking up on men’s jewelry to meet the growing demand. Bracelets in particular are showing huge potential.

  • CEO of Signet Jewelers Ltd. Michael Barnes has resigned and will be succeeded by Mark Light, Signet’s president and operating chief, who has been with Signet for 30 years.

  • An Antwerp delegation, headed by the Mayor of Antwerp Bart De Wever, spent several days in Shanghai to promote Antwerp as a city for business. The highlight of the mission was a runway show combining diamonds and fashion by Antwerp designers.
     

  • The Antwerp World Diamond Centre played a key role in the development of the diamond boots for the Hong Kong Business of Design Week 2013; they contain 39,083 natural fancy colored diamonds and now the Guinness Book of World Records' “most valuable boots”.

  • Swiss watch exports were almost unchanged on the year in August at $1.569 billion.

  • American designer Zac Posen and Fabrikant-Tara are coming together to create a diamond collection comprised on fashion, bridal and bespoke luxury jewels.  Posen founded his label House of Z in 2001 and has expanded to cover a wide range of products through various labels.

  • Quadamas Inc. of Los Angeles has released a new ‘AsscherQueen’ diamond onto the market in August 2014. The cut fuses the Asscher facets on the crown with altered princess facets on the pavilion, which doubtles the number of facets on the pavilion, giving the diamond more brilliancy.
     

  • Online bidding starts this week for more than 1,600 pairs of one-of-a-kind diamond-set sunglasses. Specs that originally cost up to $30,000 will also be on auction. Brands include Cartier, Maybach and Chrome Hearts. The auction will close on September 24.

  • The glamorous wedding dress is set with diamonds and fresh water pearls.

  • JCK’s Rob Bates shares his discoveries about pink diamonds after attending the Argyle pink tender in New York City.
     

  • Graff Diamonds is taking part in La Biennale des Antiquaires show in Paris starting today (September 11) with a new jewelry collection showcasing some of its rarest and most spectacular diamonds and gemstones.
     

  • One of the reasons is the growth among the urban Chinese population in giving diamond engagement rings. This has pushed up diamond prices by between 5% and 10% this year alone, says the report.

  • “Wearing a wristwatch is much less about timekeeping, than it is a cultural phenomenon,” said Bulova Corp. President Gregory Thumm.

  • Just a day after Apple announced its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+, U.S. luxury brand Falcon is offering a 24K gold version with a rare pink diamond set in it.