Dec. 11 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate! Stay safe and healthy. Social-distance and wear a mask!

This week in Diamond Shavings: Will Tiffany become less American? How mail delays are hurting one jeweler. Plus, are Kamala Harris’ pearls a statement? All below.

 

Online sales jump on Cyber Monday—and Black Friday.

– Why empty malls aren’t a bad omen.

– Survey: Consumers spending less.

– It looks like we won’t hit NRF forecast.

– It appears to be a “K-shaped” Christmas in the U.S.

 

National Jeweler sees “strong start” to holidays.

InStore finds it more “subdued.”

 

How luxury department stores are handling the holiday.

 

Seven U.S. mall owners could be in trouble.

 

Top Google jewelry searches for 2020.

 

Last year was bad for jewelry crime, but 2020 will be better.

– In light of Stuller cyberattack, five tips for cybersecurity.

 

Ross-Simons owner purchased by equity firm.

 

American Gem Society postpones 2021 Conclave.

 

Branded jewelry could be next luxury subsegment.

 

Will LVMH “de-Americanize” Tiffany?

– LVMH has its work cut out for it.

 

Why Alibaba can sell luxury fashion—and Amazon can’t.

 

Interview with CEO of Blue Nile (audio).

 

Interview with founders of Black in Jewelry Coalition (video).

 

Interview with Human Rights Watch on jewelry industry’s issues (audio).

 

Ekati diamond mine sold to bondholders.

 

De Beers planning return to Botswana sights.

 

Diamond Foundry opens office in Dubai.

 

Harry Winston buys top item at auction.

 

Yoox Net-a-Porter names new CEO.

 

Hodinkee announces new CEO and funding.

 

LVMH’s chief digital officer leaves for cryptocurrency startup.

 

Erwin’s Jewelers owner Frank Kumor dies.

 

Buddy Nelson Jr., jewelry and watch salesman, dies at 84.

 

Delayed mail costing Kentucky jewelry store thousands, owner says.

 

Idaho jeweler burglarized after he was harassed over pro-mask sign.

 

How Kendra Scott maintained steady brick-and-mortar sales during the pandemic.

 

Why the jewelry industry needs to do more “inclusive sizing.”

 

Amazon allegedly fired worker for complaining about working conditions.

 

Hong Kong jewelers flee to mainland China for survival.

 

After Luanda Leaks, Isabel Dos Santos’ empire carries on.

 

Bulgari opens first hotel in United States.

– What happens when jewelers make handbags.

 

The true story behind Princess Diana’s iconic engagement ring shown on The Crown.

– What the royals’ favorite watches say about them.

 

The “message of Kamala Harris’ black pearls.”

 

Lamar Jackson spent $100,000 on a 25 ct. diamond chain honoring himself.

 

Man who found lost treasure hunt has to go public.

 

Some Indian farmers are finding diamonds worth millions on their land.

 

Media Watch

The New York Times on how Asian jewelers reflect the times and smaller jewelry.

 

From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 33: Holiday Sales, Online Luxury, Gold Sourcing

 

 

Have a safe and healthy weekend.

 

 

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