Global demand for gold used for jewelry fabrication rose by more than 5 percent in 20097, according to a report on the precious metal released Wednesday. This was one of the main conclusions of, which was launched today at events in London, Johannesburg and Toronto.
Approximately $15.63 billion has been spent online for the first 37 days of the November – December 2008 holiday season, ended Dec. 7, essentially the same level compared to the corresponding days last year, according to digital tracking firm, comScore. During the first week since Cyber Monday, sales totaled $4.45 billion, up 7%…
For the first full week of December, weekly chain store sales decreased by 0.8 percent, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. and Goldman Sachs weekly sales index. On a year-over-year basis, retail sales rose by 0.4 percent.
Alan Chinich has been appointed president of Ebel North America. He will be responsible for all sales and marketing activities in the United States, Caribbean, and Canada for the luxury watch brand.
Online jewelry and watch sales during the first five days in December declined 22 percent, year-over-year, making it one of the weakest performing categories for the period, according to digital tracking firm comScore.
The Gemological Institute of America’s “Four Cs of Diamond Quality” brochure is now available in 10 languages.
The deadline for submitting entries for the ICA International Poster Competition is Dec. 31.
Francis J. Murphy of Pottsville, Pa., died Nov. 6. He was 90. Murphy was the second-generation owner of Murphy Jewelers, with stores in Pottsville and Hamburg, Pa.
For the November – December 2008 holiday season-to-date, $12.03 billion has been spent online (excluding travel), marking a 2 percent decline versus the corresponding days last year, according to the digital tracking firm comScore. However, Cyber Monday saw $846 million in online spending, up 15 percent.
Yehuda Diamonds filed a federal lawsuit seeking to require Blue Nile, Inc., to offer a refunds to Blue Nile customers who wish to return emeralds or emerald jewelry items purchased from the company.