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- 13 Dec
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With 2014 being Joseph Blanks 95th year, the company is pleased to announce that Knupfer International Gems (KIG) will be sharing its offices, effective immediately. Both companies will now be able to offer “one stop shopping” for loose color and diamond needs.
Knupfer International was started over 40 years ago and is in its second generation led by Robert Knupfer. The son of a Brazilian lapidary expert, Robert has led the company to success by offering a combination of fine gemstones and exceptional service. KIG offers retailers, designers and manufactures fine color melee and large singles, matched pair and fine gemstones from around the world.
KIG’s website, www.buysellmemo.com, has become one of the trade’s most successful venues for loose gemstone sales. Knupfer’s membership with AGTA, MJSA, NYGA and AGS puts them on a level with the finest suppliers of color gemstones in the United States.
“Having Robert and his staff in our office is a wonderful compliment to our business” said Doug Blank as he welcomed KIG this past month. “As a 95 year old loose diamond and mounted company, Joseph Blank understands what it takes to be successful and we are thrilled to offer Knupfer International’s product to our customer base.”Add a comment
- Category: Shine News
- 13 Dec
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Jewelry Information Center, the consumer education arm of Jewelers of America (JA),showcased jewelry products from over 15 JA Supplier Members on a multi-city TV media tour on Tuesday, December 3. The segments were seen by millions of viewers and promoted jewelry gift ideas to increase excitement for fine jewelry just in time for the holiday season.
Jewelry Information Center spokesperson Amanda Gizzi took to the airwaves on ABC, NBC and CBS affiliate news shows across the country to talk about trends for the holidays that included: convertible jewelry, stacking jewelry and updated classics in gold and platinum. Gizzi reiterated the importance for consumers to shop at a reputable Jewelers of America-member retailer so they can buy jewelry with confidence.
“It is essential that Jewelry Information Center continues to promote gifts of fine jewelry throughout the year – especially during the holiday season,” says Amanda Gizzi, JA Director of Public Relations & Special Events. “We feel very strongly that these media tours give consumers guidance, encourage them to shop at reputable Jewelers of America-member stores and increase their desire for fine jewelry.”
Jewelry Information Center exclusively featured jewelry from JA Supplier Members including: Andrew Hamilton Crawford, Byard F. Brogan, Charles Garnier Paris, CJ Recht, Le Vian®, LJD Designs, Lori Bonn Designs, Mi Moneda, Mijou Jewelry, Orlanda Olsen, Pamela Huizenga, Paolo Costagli, Rarest Rainbow, Royal Chain, Ti Sento Milano and ZAIKEN Jewelry.Add a comment
Hollywood’s leading ladies were out on December 11th to celebrate The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Women in Entertainment: Power 100’ in Los Angeles, California.
This year jewelry designer, Roberto Coin, sponsored the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award which was received by Oprah Winfrey.
The Sherry Lansing Award, which recognizes a woman in the entertainment industry who is a pioneer and leader in the industry, was presented to Oprah by journalist and activist Maria Shriver.
Designed by Roberto Coin, the award was made of sterling silver and an 18K gold plate with a diamond detail on top that is a replica of his signature 100 faceted Cento diamond.
At the event, Oprah wore four white gold bracelets from the Primavera Collection with three white gold bracelets from the new Pois Moi Collection.
Other celebrities in attendance wearing Roberto Coin included Maria Shriver wearing a ring and earrings from the Cocktail Collection. Editors from The Hollywood Reporter also wore Roberto Coin including the Editor in Chief, Janice Min, who wore a pair of earrings from the Cocktail Collection.
Other guest’s at this year’s breakfast included: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian, Jane Fonda, Sherry Lansing, Gayle King, Angie Herman, Molly Sims, Judy Greer, Allison Williams, Demi Lovato, Vanessa Lachey, Amber Valletta and Geena Davis, among others.Add a comment
Although round diamonds saw a handful of rises, most changes were negative, particularly in 5-carat stones, according to this week's IDEX Online Price Report.
And in fancy shape diamonds, as in past weeks, there were again poor levels of activity with many categories unchanged, particularly in mid to large good.
The following are some of the changes in this week's IDEX Online Diamond Price Report.
- 0.18-0.22 cts D / SI2-I1 declines of 3.0%-5.0%
- 0.23-0.29 cts J-K / SI1 declines of 4.0%-5.0%
- 0.30-0.39 cts rises among some mid-color, mid-clarity items
- 0.40-0.44 cts just two changes, both positive
- 0.45-0.49 cts I-J / SI2 rising by around 3.0%
- 0.50-0.69 cts many declines
- 0.70-0.79 cts just one negative change
- 0.80-0.89 cts one decliner
- 0.90-0.99 cts a range of decreases
- 1.00-1.24 cts just one change, downwards
- 1.25-1.49 cts one decrease
- 2 cts M / SI1-SI2 rises of 2.0%
- 3 cts K / IF-VVS1 declines of 1.0%
- 4 cts I / VVS1 -3.0% to $26,100 p/c
- 5 cts many declines in lower colors
- 0.18-0.22 cts just one change, a riser
- 0.23-0.29 cts E-F / VVS2 rises of around 3.0%
- 0.30-0.39 cts D-E / VS2-SI2 rises of around 3.0%
- 0.40-0.44 cts just one change, a riser
- 0.45-0.49 cts E / IF +3.1% to $3,300p/c
- 0.50-0.69 cts J / SI3-I1 rising by around 3.0%
- 0.70-0.79 cts just two changes, one up, one down
- 0.80-0.89 cts D / IF-VVS1 declines of 2.0-3.0%
- 0.90-0.99 cts I / I1 +3.7% to $2,800p/c
- 1.00-1.24 cts unchanged
- 1.50-1.99 cts no changes
- 2 cts J / VS2 +3.0% to $6,500p/c
- 3 cts N / VS2-SI1 declining by more than 3.0%
- 4 cts I / VS1 +3.2% to $16,200p/c
- 5 cts K / VS2 +3.4% to $12,100p/c
Edahn Golan is Editor-in-Chief of IDEX Online, heading an international team of writers that covers global industry related events and issues. He writes about rough and polished diamond prices, publishes industry analysis articles and a popular weekly opinion column. In recent years, Edahn has advised a number of leading diamond firms, industry bodies and governmental agencies. He writes research papers on topics ranging from provenance analysis of fancy color diamonds to diamond's contribution to local economies, often contributing or writing the diamond chapters for leading research organizations such as KPMG and Bain & Co.Add a comment
By the end of 2013, platinum purchases by the jewelry trade are expected to have grown by 11 percent, according to Johnson Matthey’s Platinum 2013 Interim review.
The results reveal a healthy platinum jewelry market in North America with the greatest contributing factor being the sale of platinum bridal jewelry at lower price points. This makes platinum one of the fastest growing categories in North American jewelry in 2013, indexing above the expected 7 percent growth for total jewelry.
In the past two years, the gap between the price of platinum and gold has shrunk significantly and as a result, platinum is more accessible for many consumers. Known for its naturally white color, platinum will never need to be re-dipped or plated and requires less maintenance, making platinum a better value purchase over a lifetime of wear.
“Platinum engagement settings are starting as low as $1,500 and we continue to see a progression in the selection of extraordinary design-focused rings at much lower price points,” says Platinum Guild International U.S. President Huw Daniel. “This tremendous growth in platinum jewelry sales can be attributed to a growing appreciation of platinum’s unique qualities among savvy millennial consumers, and wider availability of platinum rings in varying price points.”
Maren Rosen, Executive Director of Merchandising at Stuller, sees an increased focus on platinum at retail first hand. “In response to increased demand for platinum from our independent retail customers, the design and merchandising teams at Stuller have expanded our collection of platinum bridal products at price points accessible to most consumers,” she says. “There are so many benefits to buying platinum, but the number one business reason is the fact that platinum is more profitable. Our most successful customers are seizing this opportunity every day.”
“When it comes to bridal jewelry, platinum is the way to go,” says designer Phyllis Bergman of Mercury Ring. “We are seeing a surge in customers who do their research and understand the value that platinum represents. The current price difference between a platinum and gold ring is negligible, especially when you consider the maintenance required for a white gold ring. Platinum is the ideal metal in which to create delicate engagement settings that are lower in price yet still beautiful, unique and everlasting.”
PGI USA offers extensive support in manufacturing, retail, education and marketing. To learn more about these programs and gain an advantage in the platinum jewelry market, see www.platinumguild.com.Add a comment