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Aug. 27 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


This afternoon, at 2 p.m. (PT), I’ll be speaking at the JCK show during “Conversations on JCK’s Industry Trend Report” along with JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and communications and PR consultant Jen Cullen Williams. It will take place at the Showcase Stage on the show floor. More info here.

This week: Why malls are still in trouble. Is Shopify a cult? And don’t mess with Beyoncé’s mom. All below.


Malls are rebounding, but their future is still cloudy.

– Macy’s says turnaround is “working.”


Amazon reportedly planning to open department stores.

– Amazon is adding employees faster than revenue.

– Shopify’s “cult-like” devotion could be its biggest weapon against Amazon (subscription required).


Alex and Ani cleared to seek votes on bankruptcy plan.


Why Afghan gems could be subject to sanctions.


Supply chain problems could increase jewelry prices.


Diamond prices are rising, but for how long?
– Alrosa sale cools rough prices.


De Beers plans to add code of origin to its diamonds.


Recycled diamond trend gains steam.


Luxury resale is China’s next battleground.

– The RealReal’s 2021 report highlights unbranded jewelry.


How the diamond industry is represented in the ESG movement.

– Whistleblower claims that ESG investing isn’t actually helping.


New guidance on environmental claims and avoiding greenwashing.

Brad Brooks-Rubin on the Kimberley Process and sustainable development.


How allies of South Africa’s infamous Gupta family gamed the country’s diamond trade.


Tablet: How Serge Muller got the name Mr. Blood Diamond.


China needs to do more with conflict diamonds, activist says.


Waste from Angola’s Catoca diamond mine leaked into waterways last month.


There are still “atrocities at Marange,” activist says.


Dubai sets up money laundering court.

– UAE bank seeks to double diamond trade financing by 2025.


Mumbai, India, court restores Nirav Modi’s assets to bank.


GQ on the Dresden job, a billion-dollar jewel heist.


Report: India discovers certs with mismatched diamonds.


Indian jewelers strike against new hallmarking rules.


Chinese crackdown on wealth inequality scares luxury investors.


English jewelry hub worries about gentrification.


Jewelers in Venice, Italy, try to revive their business.


A Japanese destination for jewelry lovers.


Jewelry brand Qeelin looks outside China’s borders.


Rapaport podcast with guest Anish Aggarwal (audio).


Paul Zimnisky talks with Tom Chatham (audio).


Smiling Rocks appoints Baird Boucher national sales director.


IGI North American president Ari Levy appointed to Mercury Free Mining board.


Citizen Watch appoints Joy Tarbox managing director, luxury brands.


Sylvie Collection appoints Steve Rosenthal Southwest region sales manager.


Profile of the founder of RockLove.


Alexis Bittar wants to get back into jewelry.


Former Sotheby’s execs create web platform.


Signet stock gains after Citi points to strong sales trends.


Beyoncé and Jay-Z are all “About Love” for Tiffany & Co.

– Necklace worth $30 million.

– Necklace has more than 200 cts. of diamonds.

– Slammed for wearing blood diamond.

– Mom defends her daughter against criticism.


How Kendra Scott took advantage of #BamaRush TikTok.


Atlanta rapper Young Thug shows off diamond ring.


Edinburgh, Scotland, jeweler to showcase jeweled cover of J.K. Rowling novel.


Inside the Dallas Museum of Art’s diamond-studded Cartier exhibit.


UCLA student starts virtual jewelry store.


The necklace for a First Nation chief who helped save a Scottish mountain.


Bronze Age jewelry discovered intact in France.


How nature recycles organic material to create diamonds.


Are radioactive diamond batteries the secret to atomic waste?


From the Blog

Why Afghan Gems Could Be Subject to Sanctions


From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 51: Guest Kate Youngstrom and the JCK Show


Have a safe and healthy weekend, and I hope to see many of you at the show!


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By: Rob Bates

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