Aug. 14 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup  

We wish all our readers good health and good things during these perpetually troubling times. Please take proper precautions and stay safe and healthy.

This week in Diamond Shavings: Only the rich have recovered from the recession. Kamala Harris’ signature pearls. And could the problems at the post office hurt e-commerce? All below.


Vegas Goes Virtual

– Survey: Industry confidence is down—but not out.

– De Beers probes the mood of the COVID-19 consumer.

– Why physical retail will survive.

– Protect your business from digital fraudsters.

– Shoppers want personal jewelry with gravitas.

– Why sustainability is good business.

– JCK Industry Fund announces grant devoted to diversity.

– Past sessions on video.


JIS cancels both fall shows.


Retail sales grow a modest 1.2% in July.

– How has consumer spending fared this year? Not well.

– How COVID-19 has changed luxury spending.

– COVID will make fashion’s discounting problem “much worse.”

– Luxury conglomerates show more resilience during pandemic.

– The state of the American mall.


The recession is over for the rich, but not for the working class.


GIA lab to offer full grading on lab-grown diamond reports.


ABN Amro to close Hong Kong diamond business.


Edahn Golan: Diamond market continuing to absorb blows.

– Reuters on the state of the diamond market.

– CIBJO speaks with industry analysts.


Why Lucara’s new deal might change the diamond market.


What do De Beers and Alrosa’s clients really want?


No community outbreak risk after Diavik COVID case.


Star Diamond faces “uphill battle” in case against Rio Tinto, judge says.


A “crucial moment” for artisanal miners.


Eco Age webinar on diamond supply chain (video).


World Diamond Congress going online.


Alrosa finds 236 ct. colored diamond, its largest ever.


Gold sees first weekly loss since June.

– Where’s roller coaster going?


Mall owners in talks to buy J.C. Penney.


Can Neiman Marcus leave its baggage behind?


Saks Fifth Avenue lays off store operation employees.


Bucherer laying off 370 employees (subscription required).


Birks Group receives delisting notice from New York Stock Exchange.


Bergio Inc. settles convertible debt.


Kingold Jewelry delisted from Nasdaq.


Audemars Piguet CEO predicts watch retailers will not need physical stores.


Sneak thief hits stores in seven states.


Jewelers Row hit by Chicago looting (video).

– Attacks, COVID a “gut punch.”

– Businesses consider closing.


Arizona jewelry store now selling plexiglass barriers.


Israeli jeweler makes $1.5 million COVID-19 mask.


Cartier criticized for censoring gay ad in China.


Conflict mineral legislation caught in impasse.


Tanzanian locals file suit against Barrick Gold.


Postal service delays hurting e-commerce startups.


How Amazon’s local rep became its biggest critic in Congress.


New CFDA president takes reins at pivotal time.


Fana appoints three industry veterans.


Industry IP attorney Peter Berger dies.


Surat diamond company makes big plasma donation.


Rolex debuting online concerts to support artists during pandemic.


Kamala Harris’ signature: pearls.


A look at Elizabeth Taylor’s engagement rings.


From the Blog

Why Lucara’s New Deal Might Change the Diamond Market

From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 24: Guests Sarin Bachmann and Kate Youngstrom


Have a safe and healthy weekend.



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