Dec. 13 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

We’re really proud of the latest episode of our podcast, “The Jewelry District.” Sally Morrison, chief marketing officer of Lightbox Jewelry, talked with us about the future of the De Beers–owned lab-grown brand. She also discusses her reaction when she heard what De Beers was doing, her take on the history of diamond marketing and the future of lab-growns, and her own eclectic and interesting background. Listen here!

We changed the podcast’s format, so it’s now split into two halves. Last week, we released our first all-commentary episode, with JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and myself reviewing the latest jewelry news and issues, on everything from sustainability to New York City Jewelry Week You can hear that here!

We’re really interested in what you think of what we’re doing with the podcast. Please send any feedback here.

This week in Diamond Shavings: What retailers are getting wrong this holiday. One-quarter of consumers have bought counterfeits. And did ancient people use teeth for jewelry? All below.


Jewelers say holiday starts off on a “mixed note.”

– What holiday workers “wish you knew.”

– Six fewer shopping days means fewer impulse purchases.

– What retailers are getting wrong.


Social media chat about jewelers increases around holidays.

– Emili Vesilind on Instagram etiquette.

– Generation Z prioritizes “social currency.”


Signet now selling lab-growns at all U.S. banners.

– CEO Gina Drosos talks to Yahoo about recent earnings (video).


The diamond market will recover, but not yet, report says.

– De Beers’ diamond revenue falls 26%.

– Anglo curbs production goals.

– Indian exports take a dive.

– Modi scandal, tensions seen as hurting trade.

– Paul Zimnisky: Three industry catalysts to watch out for in 2020.


ABN Amro tightens diamond lending terms.


Why a few lab-grown diamonds temporarily change color.


New York Times looks at how blockchain could affect gold jewelry.

– Colombian gold mining now part of traceable supply chain.

– Can nanotechnology save the diamond trade?


Report: More people want gold jewelry than actually buy it.


Place Vendôme deals with a “slew of upstarts.”


The Fashion Law examines luxury consolidation.


National Jeweler examines the acquisition of Tiffany.


E. Gluck acquires Torgoen.


Patek Philippe CEO vows to remain family-owned.


The world’s top wearable brands.


Pandora chief marketing officer talks about “brand revamp.”


It may be a make-or-break season for department stores.


Teens could be “saving grace for malls.”


How does one save Lord & Taylor?


Macy’s president Hal Lawton resigns after two years.


Royal Asscher of Japan gets new CEO.


Medicare chief under fire for charging taxpayers for stolen jewelry.


Chinese checks reveal substandard jewelry.


One-quarter of consumers have purchased counterfeit items.


U.S. jewelers targeted by violent crimes.


Are vintage watches the watch industry’s blood diamonds?


China’s Norinco thinks synthetic diamonds could be used to make laser-based weapons.


Alrosa to start mining in Angola next year.

– Zimbabwe to sell 70% of gems to Alrosa.


Diamond Empowerment Fund changes name to Diamonds Do Good.


South Dakota inmates make jewelry to support indigenous people.


King’s Jewelry sets up “giving tree.”


David Yurman opens 57th Street flagship.

– Designer wants to work with Brad Pitt.


Hedda Schupak looks back for JCK’s 150th.


Founder of ashes-to-diamonds company Eterneva lands on Forbes list.


National Jeweler: Industry members we lost this year.


The brands we lost over the last decade.


Jennifer Meyer urged to stop using Meghan Markle’s picture to sell her jewelry.

Kate Middleton debuts new diamond necklace.


Adam Sandler wore $400,000 in diamonds for Uncut Gems.


A $15 million Christmas tree is “dripping in diamonds.”


There’s a diamond-encrusted dog collar.

– And diamond Frozen II dolls.


Disney jewels become “all the rage’” in the auction world.


Marlon Brando’s Apocalypse Now Rolex sells for $1.95 million.


A look at the three most expensive watches ever auctioned.


Forbes: The secret history of the “cursed” Hope Diamond.


The search for the Cartier’s missing Patiala necklace.


U.K.’s largest gold nugget found in Scottish river.


Prehistoric jewelry involved people’s teeth.


Ancient gold coin found in Salvation Army kettle.


You can hunt for gemstones at North Carolina mine.


Media Watch

Minneapolis CityPages kind of puzzled by Lightbox.

Harper’s Bazaar follows a stylist investigating the diamond mines in Botswana.

Forbes says luxury jewelers prefer natural diamonds.

The Ringer visits the Diamond District.


From the Blog

Why a Few Lab-Grown Diamonds Temporarily Change Color


JCK Podcasts

Episode 8, Guest: Sally Morrison

Episode 7: NYC Jewelry Week, Sustainability, and New De Beers Research


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