From mismatched pairs of earrings to a riff on Richard Burton’s 40th birthday gift for Elizabeth Taylor, 2017 sure sparkled. Here, a roundup of the gorgeous gems that made it to our pages.
Blue Nile will open three to four more brick-and-mortar locations in 2016, CEO Harvey Kanter told the B. Riley & Co. and Great American Group Consumer Conference on Sept. 16.
Kanter did not specify the locations of the new “webrooms,” as the company calls them. So far, the company has limited the stores to states in which it charges sales tax (New York and Washington), but Kanter hinted the store may eventually venture beyond that.
The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States held its 41st annual banquet on Aug. 8 and named Mary Hayes of Hayes Jewelers in Mobile, Ala., its jeweler of the year.
Hayes founded Hayes Jewelers in 1982. She is a GIA graduate, a member of the Alabama Jewelers Association, and on the board of directors for the Bishop State Community College School of Jewelry and Watch Repair.
New officers and board members were also announced at the banquet.
The 2015/2016 officers are:
• President: Bill Newnam, Southern Jewelry News
James D. “Dusty” Clem has resigned after a little more than a year as chairman, president, and CEO of DGSE Companies, the wholesaler and retailer of metals, jewelry, and coins.
He has held those roles since April 2014. Prior to that, he served as the company’s chief operating officer.
No replacement was named. Clem resigned to “pursue other opportunities,” DGSE said.
At the JA New York show on July 27, Jocelyn Prestia of Unhada Jewelry was named the 2015 JA Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year.