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SJG Logo FebAh, Valentine’s Day.  Love is in the air, and readers of Southern Jewelry News are (hopefully) making the most of it! But if your dreams of selling lots of engagement-type jewelry this year haven’t materialized, don’t despair. According to a recent data dump by Facebook, Valentine’s Day is no longer the most popular day to get engaged. That honor now goes to Christmas Eve, followed closely by Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Why we’re wired to covet jewels

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As a motivator of human behavior, social status is nearly as fundamental as sex and death. But unlike your ability to procreate or to stay alive, your social status can be given to you only by others. You’re only truly at the top of the social hierarchy if everyone else wants to be where you are. High status is what’s called a “positional good,” meaning its value is determined, at least in part, by how badly other people want it.

‘Stolen’ sapphire pops up in Midtown pawn shop 19 years later

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A rare sapphire that went missing from a hotel in Italy nearly 20 years ago has popped up in a Diamond District pawn shop, according to a $7 million lawsuit filed Monday by a man claiming to be the gem’s true owner.

Geneva-based jewel dealer Ronny Totah says in the Manhattan Supreme Court suit that his 65.16-carat Kashmir sapphire was stolen from under his nose at a Milan auction preview in 1996.

He is suing Modern Pawn Brokers and its owner, Boris Aronov, who possess a Cartier sapphire-and-diamond bracelet from 1923 to which he claims the stone is affixed.

Totah’s suit also names Rafael Koelence, who the papers claim pledged the sapphire to the West 47th Street shop in November 2011.

Has Technology Killed the Jewelry Industry?

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Jewelry sales continue to plummet. Are iPhones and Kindles to blame?

I used to dream of taking over my dad’s jewelry business. I would spend summer vacations in his Los Angeles office taking orders, weighing sparkly loose diamonds no larger than specks of dust, oohing and aahing over cases of bejeweled rings the size of my nose as he prepared for sales trips, and often being reminded that if I wanted to be paid that week, for the last time, food was not allowed to be eaten on the diamond desk. This was back in the '90s, and while some part of these fond memories can be chalked up to youthful revisionist history, it does seem—even now—like the phone never stopped ringing. There was always one more order to fill, always one more ring to be picked up from the setter to polish and send off to a nervous groom-to-be.

A large part of the charm in ascending to the head of the family business was the glamour. Sure, some people’s parents might have corner offices in high-rise buildings, but spreadsheets never set anyone’s world on fire. But diamonds ... everyone loves diamonds. Shah Jewel Inc. wasn’t just in the business of making sales; it was in the business of making memories, one fancy piece of jewelry at a time.

Blake Brothers International heading to Tucson in a big way

Blake Brothers International, a one-stop shop for jewelry retailers’ needs for over 40 years, has announced they will have three locations in Tucson, AZ at the largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world.

With 3 huge locations you won’t miss the exciting new lines and offerings from Blake Brothers International. Two 40-foot containers from Bali and one from Thailand have arrived just in time for the shows. Large assortments in sterling silver from Thailand, Bali, India and Italy will be offered. Additionally, a vast assortment of stainless steel pieces will be available along with displays and supplies.

Kate and the riddle of the missing engagement ring

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Highlight of new souvenir jewellery collection is 'banned from sale' at Royal gift shop

It was expected to be the glittering centrepiece of a new collection of replica Royal jewellery going on sale to the public – a copy of the Duchess of Cambridge’s £1 million sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

But although the replicas have been manufactured, they have mysteriously vanished from the collection of souvenirs.

Royal sources believe that Kate herself may have banned their sale because the real ring has such deep personal significance for her and her husband, Prince William.

Progress in Brussels Diamond Heist as 19 to Face Trial

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(IDEX Online News) – Nineteen people are to face trial over involvement in the $50 million diamond heist at Brussel’s airport in February 2013, according to the Belga news agency.

During the daring robbery, one of the world’s largest thefts, a large shipment of diamonds was stolen as they were loaded onto a Helvetic Airways plane to Zurich.

To pull off the attack, eight armed and masked men in two vans crashed a fence surrounding the tarmac. The two vans then rushed to a Brink's vehicle as the security team was loading the cargo on the plane. Once they had the goods in their possession, they left the airport through the same opening in the fence.  

More than 30 people were detained in Belgium, France and Switzerland in massive coordinated police operations over a diamond heist in Brussels