Fun and Interesting Jewelry News


Find out what’s going on in the world of jewelry, from the latest trends on the runway, to the hottest Hollywood styles and the most interesting jewelry news bytes.

New reality show about gemstone miners in March. Beginning in March 2013, The Weather Channel will begin airing a new reality show about a group of Colorado gemstone miners.

Tentatively titled “Prospectors,” the show will chronicle the adventures of colored gemstone miners as they hunt for topaz, aquamarine and other gems – 14,000 feet up, in the Rocky Mountains.

According to a Weather Channel press release, the prospectors use picks, sledgehammers and dynamite to send car-sized boulders spinning down mountainsides. They open holes, looking for brilliant red, blue and green crystals. And the right pocket, extracted correctly,  Tiffany UK Online can bring a million-dollar payday or more.

Salvador Dali jewelry sells for nearly $35,000. Four pieces of jewelry designed by the late Spanish painter, Salvador Dali, sold for a combined $35,551 at Clars’ Antique and Estate Jewelry sale auction on December 9 in Oakland, California.

Each of the painter’s pieces, fabricated by master violinist and bow-maker, Henryk Kaston, bore the stamp or signature “Dali by Kaston” or “Dali” and “Kaston.”

One of the Dali jewelry items was a ruby and cultured pearl “Lips” brooch, said to have been inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s pout, which sold for $17,775. Another was the “Pomegranate Heart” brooch made in 18-karat gold with rubies and diamonds, which sold for $8,888.

Ritani introduces ‘Reserve’ collection. Fine jewelry maker, Ritani, has launched Ritani Reserve diamonds, a collection of round diamonds which Ritani claims have “exceptional sparkle characteristics.”

According to the American Gem Society Laboratories (AGS Labs), only diamonds earning the highest scores for cut, polish and symmetry qualify for the Reserve title.

Ritani President Brian Watkins said, “Everyone shopping for a diamond wants sparkle, but unlike any of the four Cs, sparkle has always been the subjective aspect of the purchase process. With the new AGS Labs scintillation report, Ritani is able to quantify and guarantee that Ritani Reserve diamonds sparkle brilliantly.”

Chopard exclusive jewelry supplier in new Princess Diana movie. It’s not uncommon for jewelry companies to have product placement in movies. Recent examples: C-hanel Fine Jewelry supplied the jewels worn by Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina, and Tiffany & Co provided the bling worn by Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby.

Chopard has recently announced that it will be the exclusive supplier of all the jewelry for Diana, a biopic about the late Princess of Wales, starring Naomi Watts, and set to release in 2013.

Chopard struck a deal to be the movie’s exclusive jewelry and watch partner, and Caroline Scheufele, the Swiss house’s co-president, has already designed about 30 pieces.

How to Tell the Difference of a Counterfeit Tiffany Jewelry


Many brand-name items are often counterfeited and sold at lower prices. This is true of many designer items, including pocketbooks, shoes and jewelry. It is especially true of Tiffany jewelry, perhaps one of the more popular types of jewelry that is available. If you are interested in purchasing Tiffany jewelry but want to ensure that you’re not getting a counterfeit, here are a few things for you to keep in mind that will allow you to tell the difference between what is real and what may be a fake.

One of the most important things for you to consider when purchasing jewelry from Tiffany & Co. or any brand-name item, is that you should never trust an unsolicited email or message from any service. Tiffany’s is never going to send out spam email offering to sell their expensive jewelry at lower prices. Cheap Tiffany Jewellery If you do get one of those emails or if somebody sends you a message through another service, simply ignore it, or better yet, report it as a scam. Not only will you be helping yourself to avoid the possibility of purchasing something that is counterfeit, you may also be helping somebody else to avoid the problem as well.

It is also important for you to understand that Tiffany’s is never going to sell their jewelry at a discounted price. They don’t run sales as do many of the other jewelry stores that are popular. Along the same lines, there are never outlet stores that are going to sell Tiffany jewelry at a discounted price and you will never find that any of their items are sold at a wholesale location. In most instances, when you see such an offer, it will make the statement that they are buying their jewelry from China and getting it at a discount. Tiffany’s makes all of their own jewelry in the United States, with a select few items being made in Mexico, Spain or Italy.

You should also be familiar with the way that Tiffany’s marks their jewelry. Each piece of Tiffany’s jewelry is going to be stamped with the Tiffany & Company mark, and in most cases it is also going to be stamped with the date that the item was trademarked. This is also true of many other high-quality pieces of jewelry. In some cases, the counterfeit jewelry is not going to be stamped in the same manner so it will be easy to identify as a counterfeit. If you are purchasing any piece of Tiffany jewelry online, including on eBay or any other auction website, make sure that the markings are clearly shown in the photograph. If there is any doubt, ask the seller to post additional pictures.

One other important thing that you can do to determine if you are looking at counterfeit Tiffany jewelry is to compare it with what is available on the official Tiffany & Co. website. It is true that some people are going to sell used items and you will be able to get those at a lower price, but it is always a good idea to confirm the fact that it is legitimate.

Analysis of Tiffany and Co.


The purpose of this article is to discuss the risks of exchange rate exposures that Tiffany is facing.

Tiffany & Co was an internationally renowned retailer, designer, manufacturer and distributor of luxury goods. Tiffany was acquired by Avon Products in 1979 but was then bought back by its own management in 1984. After the company became profitable again, management offered Tiffany stock to the public in 1987 and in 1989, Mitsukoshi was the largest single institutional investor in Tiffany stock. In 1993, Tiffany concluded an agreement with its Japanese distributor, Tiffany Jewellery Sale Mitsukoshi to assume management responsibilities in its wholly owned subsidiary, Tiffany & Co. Japan Inc.

I. Exchange Rate Fluctuations in 1993

Tiffany restructured its Japanese operations by selling directly to the Japanese market instead of selling to Mitsukoshi and Mitsukoshi selling it to Japan. Tiffany wanted greater control over its operations in Japan even though demand for Tiffany’s products in Japan declined from 23% to 15% in 1992. However, Tiffany will still be required to pay fees of 27% of net retail sales in compensation to Mitsukoshi after this restructuring.

This change in operations exposed Tiffany directly to the exchange rate fluctuations which Mitsukoshi previously bore. Previously, Mitsukoshi ensured that Tiffany never had to worry about exchange-rate fluctuations and guaranteed a certain amount of cash flows to Tiffany in their wholesale transactions. Mitsukoshi bore the risk of any exchange-rate fluctuations that took place between the time it purchased the inventory from Tiffany and when it finally made the cash settlement.

Tiffany should be worried about the exchange rate fluctuations because the yen/dollar exchange rate is very volatile. Tiffany faced an additional risk by restructuring its Japanese operations as Mitsukoshi now no longer controls Tiffany’s sales in Japan.

I believe that it is very important for Tiffany to consider the exchange rate fluctuations that it will expose itself to before it decides to assume complete control of its subsidiary store in Japan.

II. Extent of Tiffany’s Exposure to Foreign Exchange Risk

• Economic Exposure

Tiffany is now exposed to foreign exchange rate risk. Tiffany has to bear the risk of any exchange-rate fluctuations that will take place when it assumes the responsibility for establishing yen retail price, holding inventory in Japan for sale, managing and funding local advertising and publicity programs and controlling local Japanese management.This may or may not decrease Tiffany’s sales and income from their foreign operations. Table 1 below shows Tiffany’s foreign operations performance from 1992 to 1993.