Aug. 21 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup  

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

We have a great new podcast recapping JCK’s first virtual show. Victoria Gomelsky and I discuss what we learned (quite a bit), what we saw, and where we think the “virtual show” concept is going. Learn what new jewelry concept blew my mind—as well as what was on jewelers’ minds. It’s all here.

This week in Diamond Shavings: New places for small businesses to get loans. Another mall owner will be filing for bankruptcy. And two huge gold nuggets found in Australia. All below.


Everyone is talking about Michelle Obama’s Vote necklace

– Gives local jeweler a sales boost


Signet requiring all its customers to wear masks


Jewelry can capture marketing share from travel, De Beers says

– What do jewelers and Netflix have in common?


De Beers cuts prices at August sight

– Alrosa allows 100% refusals at August sale

– Indian companies hope to keep prices stable


Edahn Golan: Diamond business is nose-diving


Tiffany providing info about where diamonds were cut, set


Tiffany trademark ruling over Costco overturned

– Sees delay in renovation of New York City flagship


Rent the Runway closes stand-alone locations


Retail Dive looks at the long history of Lord & Taylor


Barneys’ savior hopes to buy more troubled brands


Seng Jewelers files for Chapter 11


Mall owner CBL plans to file for bankruptcy


With the PPP on pause, where can small businesses get loans?


Watchmaker Fossil says it’s surviving the pandemic


Watch collectors “seize the hour” (subscription required)


Business of Fashion: It’s time to sell jewelry in China


Membership platform Italic debuts fine jewelry


Ebay to authenticate all watches over $2K


Christie’s holds first online-only diamond auction


Virtual market connects artisanal miners with buyers


Nancy Brewer, founder of Nancy B. brand, dies

– Hedda Schupak pays tribute


Regine Basha named new CEO of Aaron Basha


Ileana Makri named creative director of Reinstein Ross


Susan Eisen elected president of Texas Jewelers Association


GSI appoints Alethea Inns chief learning officer 


Sotheby’s worldwide jewelry chairman exits


Sissy’s Log Cabin VP named to Arkansas “20 in Their 20s”


The newest all-diamond ring was probably the first


Rare purple-fluorescence diamonds found in Australia


Sierra Leone diamond lawsuit plaintiffs want Steinmetz subsidiary’s assets frozen


Triller, the “adult version” of TikTok, looks to make its move


Jewelry brands fundraise for Beirut victims


French jewelry designer had intriguing past


Two gold nuggets worth $250,000 found in Australia


From the Blog

The Newest “All-Diamond” Ring Was Probably the First

From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 25: Recapping JCK Virtual 2020


Have a safe and healthy weekend.



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