And once again, let me apologize in advance for leaving out many excellent pieces and writers from this roundup, including from those in the trade press.
In any case, I hope the following gives everyone plenty to sink their teeth into over the winter break and food for thought for the new year (and decade). Happy reading!
– Why Black Friday is bad for business.
– Retail’s big problem: The vanishing middle class.
– Vanity Fair looks at Eddie Lampert’s tenure at Sears.
– Why Barneys went bust.
– Steve Dennis: Retail apocalypse? Maybe it’s time to worry about a disrupter meltdown.
– The New Yorker: Can Amazon be stopped?
– Woman makes money “selling” her Amazon reviews.
Diamonds and Gems
– Benn Harvey-Walker looks at the “diamond world at war.”
– How do you responsibly close a diamond mine?
– How “a cache of diamonds” led to Trump impeachment battle.
– The Daily Beast reviews the curse of the Hope Diamond.
– The New York Times: The “hidden cost” of gold mining.
– The New Yorker looks at “blood gold” in the Brazilian rain forest.
– Jihadists are gaining control of the African gold trade.
– The Guardian looks at the buried “cities of gold” in Africa.
– Gold miner wrote its own environmental report.
– The history of gold teeth.
– The rise and fall of a jewel theft crew.
– EW does a deep dive on the 2013 jewel theft at Cannes.
– Vanity Fair looks at a 2007 jewel heist at Harry Winston.
– Forbes profiles Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH, new owner of Tiffany.
– Woman comes to terms with her engagement ring.
– Fashion’s enduring “mental health epidemic.”
– The era of branded engagements: Influencer’s “surprise engagement” pitched to advertisers.
– A look at Andy Warhol’s jewelry collection.
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