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As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last six week's international jewellery news...

Coronavirus Causes First Quarter Gold Jewelry Demand To Plunge 39%

Forbes: The global novel coronavirus pandemic has caused first quarter year-on-year demand for gold jewelry to plummet by 39% to 325.8 tons, a record low for the quarterly Global Demand Trends report by the World Gold Council (WGC). Rising prices for the precious metal fueled by safe-haven investment, and a shuttered retail and manufacturing environment were credited with the drastic decline.

Cybersecurity Amid The Pandemic: Protect The Crown Jewels

Forbes: COVID-19 has turned the world inside out in many ways, among them by emptying office buildings and dispersing the workforce to houses and apartments, borrowed bedrooms and basement dens.

‘It was time to give back to the British what they have given to us': the Italian jeweller helping the NHS

The Telegraph: After supplying Italian hospitals with hand sanitiser and funding research in Rome, Bulgari turned its sights on helping Britain.

How jewellery designers are making the most of lockdown: creatives share their working-from-home set ups

The Telegraph: Creatives and makers, accustomed to many hours of solitary work, can provide an example for us all.

Zoom-worthy bling: the 2020 jewellery trends to try now

Evening Standard: With waist-up fashion high on the agenda, nailing the jewellery game is your one-way ticket to conference call chic.

How This Indigenous Jeweler Is Embracing Tradition Under Lockdown

Vogue: A connection to tradition and land is inherent in indigenous culture. As many communities face life under lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic—the Navajo Nation, for one, is currently one of the top-three places in the U.S. with the highest coronavirus infection rate—many are finding solace in these difficult times by turning to their traditional cultural practices. Keri Ataumbi, a Kiowa fine jeweler and metalsmith artist, certainly is. Based outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico in the Cerrillos Hills area, Ataumbi has been embracing creativity in her own way while sheltering in place: by revisiting traditional designs, harvesting her own food, and even building a tipi.

Should you give your rings a break? How jewelry could hide germs

Today: There's a reason why doctors usually avoid wearing jewelry while working.

'Maker & Muse' jewelry inspires poets in virtual reading

The Frick Pittsburgh: Six Pittsburgh poets, each inspired by an exquisite piece of handmade jewelry, will read their poetry on Thursday. The virtual reading starts at 7 p.m. Thursday via Zoom and was organized by Lisa Viscusi, manager of adult learning for The Frick Pittsburgh.

A Royal-Inspired Jewel By Cartier Makes Auction History

Vogue: A Cartier bracelet in the brand’s iconic Tutti Frutti design of the Art Deco era has sold in an online-only Sotheby’s sale for $1.34 million [£1.08 million].

A Cartier “Tutti Frutti” Bracelet Breaks Online Record at $1.3M

Barrons: Sotheby’s sold a 1930s-era “Tutti Frutti” bracelet by Cartier in an online auction earlier this week for US$1.34 million—the highest price achieved during an online auction for any jewel at any auction house.

The World's Most Important Jewels Have Come Across Lee Siegelson's Desk

Town and Country: The third-generation jeweler tells T&C about 100 years of Belperron, Cartier, Boivin, and more.

First Look At Chopard’s 2020 ‘Red Carpet’ High Jewelry Collection

Forbes: Chopard has unveiled some of its 73 high jewels from its “Red Carpet Collection” for 2020. The name and number of pieces are significant because of its long association with the Cannes Film Festival. Each year the luxury brand releases jewels that coincide with the number of years that the international film festival has been in held. The new creations are unveiled annually on the red carpet during the opening night of the event, worn by internationally famous movie stars and models.

You Don’t Have To Travel To Support A Few Female-Owned Businesses In London

Forbes: As we are all spending far more time at home, with virtual House-parties and Zoom business meetings, we are still looking for opportunities to add a little sparkle and brightness to each day. We can find new joy in old ensembles or support the many British-based small businesses that are still open virtually and delivering online orders. A pair of earrings or statement necklace can help transform even the most understated ensemble and help the wearer feel as if they are travelling outside of the everyday, even if only for a few hours and from the comfort of their living room.

The Epic Jewelry Transfer

Boca: What is the Epic Jewelry Transfer? There is a rising trend in consumers who are seeking to sell their fine jewelry, particularly among baby boomers. The trend is expected to increase significantly over the next five years, creating what we call #TheEpicJewelryTransfer.

Boghossian’s new collection rewrites traditional jewellery codes

Wallpaper: The Remarkable collection embraces an eclectic mesh of stones for compelling results.

Christian Dior’s isolation diaries, by Victoire de Castellane

Wallpaper: Artistic director Victoire de Castellane’s sketches see Dior’s founding father baking, exercising and enjoying an Easter egg hunt.

Ara Vartanian: Why Slow Business Is Working For The Brazilian Jewelry Designer

Forbes: Ara Vartanian is a gemstone man: “My father was a stone dealer and my earliest jewelry memory, is of crawling in his office and picking up small stones that had fallen on the floor,” he laughs. The stones are the starting point for every piece that comes out of his Sao Paolo atelier, bold jewelry that showcases sizeable gems in the most modern of ways beloved of editors from Edward Enninful (British Vogue) to Rachel Garrahan (The Jewellery Editor), with a super cool celebrity following, including Kate Moss, Ronnie Wood and Swizz Beatz.

Ring maker helps you choose your sparkler from home

Business Post: Lorimat Jewellers launches home try-on service where sample rings are posted out to happy couples for sizing.

Award-winning Kilkenny jeweller launches Ireland’s first home try-on engagement ring service

Kilkenny People: A second generation jeweller and incurable romantic is ensuring Cupid can still work his magic during Covid-19 and that love can flourish, even during the lockdown.

It's not Les Miserables, but Whitby Museum exhibits raise eyebrows

The Northern Echo: Today’s subject for Object of the Week may look at first glance like ordinary pieces of jewellery, but take a closer look – they’re made of real human hair.

Birmingham Pen Museum facing permanent closure as it struggles in lockdown

Birmingham Mail: Crowd Funder appeal launched by the Pen Museum in the Jewellery Quarter to preserve the attraction for future generations.

Kids crafts ideas: How to make your own jewellery

Daily Express: KIDS crafts may be one of the best ways to keep children occupied during the coronavirus crisis, as reports suggest schools may not return to full function until the Autumn term this year. has compiled some of the best ways to make jewellery with children.

Iron Age jewellery found in Shropshire declared treasure

BBC: An Iron Age ring and a Medieval brooch, both found in Shropshire, have been declared as treasure.

Antiques Roadshow guest shocked as 'costume ring' is worth thousands

Liverpool Echo: "I think it's an ugly hunk of glass".

Vicenzaoro And Oroarezzo Jewelry Shows Will Be Held As COVID-19 Cases Ease In Italy

Forbes: Italy is one of hardest hit nations in Europe from the coronavirus pandemic in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases and the percentage of deaths. However, there are now signs that the deadly virus is in decline within its borders. In response the government has started a plan to ease distancing restrictions beginning May 4. This has opened a pathway for trade fair organizer, Italian Exhibition Group, to hold two of its annual jewelry fairs.

Raffles, a petty thief or the Duke himself: Who was behind £1m jewel heist?

Daily Express: It was the most shocking royal crime of its generation when diamonds, emeralds and sapphires were simply spirited away from the fabulous Windsor jewellery collection.

The bling ring! PR maven Roxy Jacenko flaunts several HUGE expensive diamond and gem jewels worth thousands...

Daily Mail: after selling her luxury clothes online amid coronavirus pandemic.

Isle of Wight silversmith takes her craft online with e-boutique

County Press: An Island silversmith has taken her craft online after she opened a new e-boutique for her hand-crafted jewellery.


Rebecca van Rooijen


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