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Cutting Remarks
A roundup of trends and news in the diamond industry.
May 22, 2015
Only one week left until you-know-what.  First, self-promotion: Sadly, I won’t be doing any seminars at JCK Las Vegas this year, but I will be moderating two important sessions: 
May 20, 2015
The jewelry business is famously fragmented—so it’s not surprising the jewelry e-commerce business is fragmented as well.
May 18, 2015
I received a lot of interesting responses to my posts on millennials and the industry’s funk. Many agreed the trade has a Gen Y problem. “Millennials such as my sons could care less for jewelry,” one...
May 15, 2015
This week: Controversy over how much De Beers pays Canada. There is such a thing as gold acid. A man finds gold and diamonds in a chest he bought at an estate sale. All below. Mystery...
May 15, 2015
It has been, to say the least, a tumultuous year for Scott Kay Inc. Last summer, JCK started hearing reports that the company was having financial issues. The designer instead said he...
May 13, 2015
Reid Mackie recently left Rio Tinto after 20 years in its diamond division.  He first got into diamonds staking claims in northern Canada at age 17 to help pay for his university studies. “I...
May 8, 2015
This week: A new bitcoin alternative is based on gold. Snobby thief returns gold chain because it’s phony. Mariah Carey wears diamonds on her underwear. All below. Chicago CBS station runs...
May 6, 2015
Spence Diamonds has long been one of the more intriguing companies in the industry. Here is how an e-mailer described visiting a store in Toronto:Guests are greeted at the front desk, which is...
May 6, 2015
We are seeing an interesting contrast: Business wise, this industry is doing okay. Psychologically, it’s a mess. In fact, the mood is probably as bad as it’s been since the recession....
May 1, 2015
Is the industry growing or slowing? TV station criticizes pawnshop interest rates. John Mayer has become a timepiece-geek icon. All below. Feast of Famine?- Jewelry spending up 25...
May 1, 2015
At the recent AGS Conclave in New Orleans, the millennial generation was the “topic du jour” as IDEX put it, and was covered in several presentations (including mine). Significantly,...
April 30, 2015
Thomas Sabo chief brand officer John Schlüter admits that if his company was public, it “would have entered the U.S. five years ago.” While the privately held 31-year-old German company has...
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