And once again, let me apologize in advance for leaving out many excellent pieces and writers from this roundup. (For instance, this year, I didn’t do trade press. Apologies to all my comrades.) But there’s plenty of good stuff, and I hope you take a few seconds to sample some of these pieces over the holiday break:
– Slate deconstructs the retail apocalypse.
– A new model for shopping malls.
– Racked takes an in-depth look at swag.
– Quartz looks at multilevel marketing.
– Hodinkee examines the sale of the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona.
– The New Yorker’s confessions of a watch geek.
– How easy it is to become a fake Instagram influencer.
– Wired: The case of the Bahia emerald.
– Search Engine Land looks at the forgery case involving the head of Natural Sapphire Company.
– Jennifer Heebner gets up close and personal with the Peace Diamond.
– Reuters looks child gold miners in Tanzania.
– The New Yorker looks at the proposed Pebble mine.
– Pendant in Nazi death camp may have Anne Frank link.
– The necklace that cost Marie Antoinette her head.
– How precious gems can hold information about the Earth’s core.
– And if watching is more your thing, there are a number of great jewelry documentaries online, summarized by Beth Bernstein here.
(Image: Getty Images)