30 of the Best Jewelry Reads of 2018

As I have done for the past four years, I am spotlighting my favorite writing in 2018 that did not appear on this website, on jewelry and related industries and topics.

And once again, let me apologize in advance for leaving out many excellent pieces and writers from this roundup. (I also didn’t include any pieces from the trade press, though there was a lot of great writing this year.)

In any case, I hope reading the following gives everyone plenty of food for thought in the new year.


A profile of the world’s first “forensic jeweler.”


Andrea Hill on the “jewelry industry’s design dilemma.”


How new generations feel about class rings.


Updates on the Peace Diamond in Time and Bloomberg.


Profiles of Nirav Modi in Bloomberg and National Herald India.


Investigation: Did Shrenuj milk South Africa for diamonds?


How drug lords smuggle gold.


The FBI special agent who took down a gang of watch thieves.


Jewelry heists increasingly target celebrities.


“The murky business of feel-good crystals.”


“The 16 rules of brand strategy.”


Doug Stephens predicts the end of Amazon, and Steve Dennis punctures five big myths about e-commerce.


“Dirty dealing” in the Amazon marketplace.


Recode: Amazon “revolt” may be in the offing.


How Instagram knows what we want.


Hodinkee interviews Jony Ive about the Apple Watch and watch design.


British GQ: Why Jean-Claude Biver was more than a successful watch boss.


Does Pantone forecast or dictate new color trends?


New York Post: Are celebrities knocking off real designers?


Do influencers really influence?


“Secrets of a Barneys personal shopper.”


Why fashion brands all use the same font.


Retail Dive looks at private equity and retail.


Inc: The “psychological price of entrepreneurship.”


The Atlantic: The world’s largest pearl becomes subject of an 80-year-old hoax.


Texas girls share memories of James Avery.


The Daily Beast is really into discovering who J.K. Rowling’s favorite jeweler is.


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