Dec. 18 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week in Diamond Shavings: De Beers raises prices after a terrible year. A jewelry store becomes an art museum. And should an engagement ring be returned if it’s “too cheap”? All below.

This feature will run on Thursday, Dec. 23, next week. Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. Stay safe and social-distance!

 

How COVID-19 changed the way engaged couples shop.

 

Jewelers report “improving sentiment.”

 

Industry underestimating self-purchase market, says PGI.

Mailonline speaks to self-purchasers.

 

More than 150 million consumers plan to shop on Super Sunday

– November retail sales dip as COVID-19 spreads.

 

Half of Main Street retailers at risk of closing for good.

 

Independent Jewelers Organization cancels February conference.

 

How Troverie tried—and failed—to beat the gray market.

 

The online delivery system “is breaking.”

 

De Beers raises prices for first time since pandemic.

 

Diamond business has worst year in a decade.

 

De Beers, Botswana extend contract for one year.

 

157.4 ct. diamond unearthed in Canada.

 

Dominion Diamond sale receives court approval.

 

New synthetic diamond growing method not meant for jewelry.

 

ELO Organization close to buying 15 W. 47th St.

 

Platinum price has hit four-year high. Here’s why.

 

Gold price following historical pattern, analyst says.

 

Steve McQueen’s Le Mans Heuer Watch sells for record-breaking $2.2 million.

– Patek Philippe gold watch fetches $818K at Sotheby’s watch sale.

 

Lisa Bridge talks about how her business has been affected by pandemic (audio).

 

Bove Jewelers converts store into art museum.

 

New Hampshire jeweler hosts “online snow day.”

 

Birks honors essential works with “Love Is Essential” campaign.

– Tiny Jewel Box honors nine local heroes.

 

5 ct. diamond is quite an attraction for Mississippi jeweler.

 

Molesworth joins digital trading platform Gembridge.

 

Jewelers Vigilance Committee to honor John Kennedy.

 

IDCA reelects Kotahwala as president.

 

Joseph Esposito elected as MJSA chair.

 

Interview with new Signet chief communications officer.

 

Gemologist, jeweler James Breski dies of COVID-19.

 

Owner of Integra Diamonds pleads guilty to bilking investors.

 

Customs seizes $9.6 million in fake jewelry and watches.

 

Canadian police issue warning about fake jewelry scam.

 

FTC sues Facebook for acting like monopoly.

 

Former Pandora employee reveals how to get free bracelet.

 

Warrant issued for Sean Kingston for unpaid jewelry bill.

 

Luis Manzano responds to engagement ring controversy.

 

Woman returns engagement ring because it’s “too cheap.”

 

Woman returns diamond ring, refuses reward.

 

Jewelry washes up on Venezuela beach.

 

Media Watch

ABC affiliate on natural versus lab-grown diamonds.

 

From the Blog
How Troverie Tried—and Failed—to Beat the Gray Market

 

From the Podcast

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

 

Have a safe and healthy weekend.

 

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