Stars invest in their red carpet look with a loan from a jeweler

Mar 8, 2024
A stylist joined Marketplace to explain how actresses arrange to wear dazzling accessories during awards season. And yes, security is involved.
Julianne Moore wears a Cartier necklace at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards. Stylists work behind the scenes to arrange jewelry loans, explained Kate Young, a Hollywood stylist who worked with Moore to put this look together.
Gilbert Flores/Golden Globes 2024

Scientific gems are having a sparkly moment

Mar 20, 2023
Exotic crystals grown for science and industry that don't make the cut for the lab are being repurposed as jewelry.
Lutetium aluminum garnets, normally used in scientific and medical instruments to detect invisible radiation, have been fashioned into gem stones after being repurposed by Stephen Challener and faceted by Eric Bardawil at House of Sylas.
Eric Bardawil

Slow sales shed light on how jewelers make money via financing

Jan 17, 2019
Signet Jewelers, the company behind Kay Jewelers, Jared and Zales, is reporting weak holiday sales figures. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

How to be a jewelry designer

Nov 19, 2018
Polly Wales talks about how she made a career out of her art.
Polly Wales, center, at her studio in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of Polly Wales Fine Jewelry

Why the Kay and Jared jewelry sexual harassment allegations are unfolding outside of public court

Feb 28, 2017
About 250 women and men say there was rampant sexual harassment and discrimination at the company.
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Gold prices are starting to rebound, but why?

May 12, 2016
Demand for gold is up 21 percent over the same time last year.
Gold prices are rising again.

Jewelry store is booming amid Greek crisis

Jul 13, 2015
The influx of customers at the Athens store is looking for real assets like gold.

For public good, not for profit.

The Transaction: a silver promise

Apr 30, 2015
A necklace with a comforting message

Diamonds: pricey, but not valuable

Apr 15, 2015
"Freakonomics" author Stephen Dubner explains what keeps diamonds valuable.

Is our culture too obsessed with the tastes of the mega rich?

Jan 22, 2014
An exhibition of work by the jeweler JAR at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has one art critic asking if our culture is too dominated by the 0.1 percent.