(Undated)  --  Zale Jewelers has a new owner.  Signet Jewelers Limited is buying Zale for $690 million.  

The Irving, Texas-headquartered Zale was founded 90 years ago and operates more than 1,700 specialty jewelry stores in North America.  Signet is the largest specialty retail jeweler in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.  

Its U.S. operations include Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry.  Signet also has stores in the U.K., Ireland, and the Channel Islands off the coast of France.