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The Top 10 Stories of 2024 So Far

EditorsJul 03, 2024

The Top 10 Stories of 2024 So Far

Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff shares a rundown of the National Jeweler website’s most popular articles as we hit the halfway point of the year.

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Monday, July 2, marked the halfway point of the year. We’ve (somehow) lived through 180 some-odd days of 2024 and, as of this writing, there are still 181 to go.

So, which articles have our readers clicked on the most so far this year?

The answer is, it’s a bit of a mixed bag, from world-record-setting gemstones to engagement ring trends to the unfortunate closing of a long-standing independent jeweler.

Auction stories also were popular, whether the sale went well or not so well.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 news articles published on NationalJeweler.com so far in 2024, as ranked by Google Analytics.

I hope everyone has a great summer and if there’s something you’d like to read more of in the second half of the year, please let me know: michelle.graff@nationaljeweler.com.

1) 703-Carat Tanzanite Sets Guinness World Record
Carved by Naomi Sarna, the “L’Heure Bleu” was recognized as the world’s largest cut tanzanite following an official weigh-in on March 9.

2) 5 Engagement Ring Trends for 2024
In this story published in March, experts weighed in on what consumers likely will be looking for this year.

3) Sotheby’s Auction of Sylvester Stallone’s Watches Was a Knockout
The auction house sold all 11 watches from the “Rocky” star’s collection at its “Important Watches” sale in June.

4) Muzo’s Collection of Shipwrecked Emeralds Makes US Debut
The three pieces, recovered from a 17th century shipwreck, are set with emeralds from Colombia’s Muzo mine. They docked at The Winter Show, an invite-only event held in New York in January.

5) Dateline to Feature Ted Shaughnessy Case
The Austin, Texas, jeweler was murdered in his home in 2018, and his son later pleaded guilty to hiring a man to kill him. The long-running NBC true crime series detailed the case in an episode that aired in January. 


6) IGI Detects 6-Carat Lab-Grown Diamond With Fake Inscription
The pear-cut stone was engraved with a GIA report number for a natural diamond of the same size and shape.

7) Sotheby’s Withdraws 101-Carat Yellow Diamond from Auction
“The Allnatt” was supposed to be the star of Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels” sale held in Geneva in May.

8) Fox’s Seattle to Close After 112 Years
The Emerald City mainstay held its final Leap Year Sale beginning in February, and permanently closed its doors in April.

9) Sotheby’s to Offer Rare VCA Necklace, ‘Lavender Dream’ Diamond
A circa 1929 tie necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels and a pinkish purple diamond were considered to be the highlights of the auction house’s “Magnificent Jewels” sale, held June 7.

10) Indian Lab-Grown Diamond Manufacturers Keep Growing
A combination of factors is driving growth in the industry despite the precipitous drop in prices across the board, contributing editor Stephen Rego reported for the India Diamond Report, published in April.

Michelle Graffis the editor-in-chief at National Jeweler, directing the publication’s coverage both online and in print.

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Mann, whose family’s jewelry store was located inside the Pentagon, is remembered for being a thoughtful champion of the industry.

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IndependentsJul 19, 2024
The 1916 Company Opens New Tudor Boutique

The 500-square-foot boutique is located in Denver’s Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

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Piece of the Week: Messika’s ‘So Move Max’ Necklace

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Luxury giant LVMH is reshuffling the leadership in its watches division.

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Sellers and shoppers have spoken out against a rise in mass-produced merchandise on the platform meant to highlight handmade goods.

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The miner said an 835-carat emerald saw “stiff competition” in its July sale.

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MJSA Education Foundation Announces 3 Scholarship Winners

The winners were awarded $3,000 each to pursue a professional career in jewelry making and design.

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Lab-Grown Diamond ‘Dream’ Necklace Sells for $122K at Charity Auction

The piece, created by Smiling Rocks, was the top lot at the recent Ormeley Dinner.

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Rio Tinto’s Diamond Production Down 28% in Q2

The company’s sole remaining diamond operation, Diavik, produced 702,000 carats of diamonds, down from 970,000 a year ago.

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Richemont’s Q1 Jewelry Sales Up 2%

In contrast, the luxury giant’s watch sales fell 14 percent.

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2024 AGTA Spectrum Awards Open for Entries

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the jewelry design contest and the deadline for entries has just been extended.

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Macy’s Ends Buyout Talks

The retailer will not be making a deal with Arkhouse Management and Brigade Capital Management, opting to focus on its turnaround plan.

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Thieves Nab $500K in Jewelry in Calif. Group Smash-and-Grab

The Berkeley robbery follows two other Bay Area robberies involving multiple suspects, one in May and one in June.

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The PR Adviser: Awareness Starts With Your Online Store

Lilian Raji discusses the importance of having an intentional website design that aligns with your brand or store’s goals.

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Catbird Debuts New Met Collection

It’s the second collaborative offering from the jewelry brand and the New York City art museum.

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Pomellato Acquires Valenza Setting Lab

The Kering-owned brand bought VSL to reinforce its manufacturing capabilities.

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Kering Appoints New President for Americas Region

The luxury conglomerate promoted General Counsel Ewa Abrams to the role, succeeding Laurent Claquin.

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Signet Falls 11 Spots on NRF’s ‘Top 100’ Retailers List

The jewelry giant came in at No. 67 on the list, down from No. 56 last year.

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Nominations Are Open for the 2025 Gem Awards

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NY Now Expands Emerging Designer Segment for Its Summer Market

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Halstead Announces 2024 Grant Winner

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The emerald supplier will donate a percentage of sales from its “Star Power” earrings to the nonprofit in support of girls’ education.

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The Jewelry Symposium Is Looking for Speakers

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The earrings were inspired by the landscape at Joshua Tree and Jean Arp’s abstract sculptures.

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