Dec. 20 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Wishing all who celebrate a Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas. We’ll be publishing for most of next week and have some fun end-of-year content planned.

This week in Diamond Shavings: Drew Brees settles lawsuit with jeweler. The real inspiration behind Uncut Gems. And a Guinness-certified blinged-out dreidel. All below.


Centurion: Jewelry sales improve in season’s second week.

– The Edge sees uptick for independents.

– How super will Super Saturday be?


November’s retail sales were underwhelming.

– Why the U.S. Commerce Department’s stats are “useless.”

– Where you’ll see a recession first.


JCK’s 2019 holiday jewelry commercial roundup.


It’s the End of the Year As We Know It

– The 40 best jewelry-related quotes of 2019.

– JCK’s 10 most liked Instagram posts.

– Ten biggest jewelry-related retail stories.

– Five decade-defining jewelry trends.

– The year’s best jewelry books.


Tiffany received no other “credible” takeover bids.

– Bulgari’s success paved the way for acquisition (video).

– Tiffany CEO sees double-digit growth in China (video).


Why LVMH considers discount stores “anathema.”


Jared, James Allen start new store.


Lessons from David Yurman’s new flagship.


Jewelry marketing test campaign has been completed.


Drew Brees, wife, settle suit against jeweler.


California jeweler sees more fake gold scams.


Senior executives of Folli Follie indicted.


U.S. sanctions diamond dealer for allegedly aiding Hezbollah.


India’s CBI books charges against P&S Jewellery.


India plans new charges in Modi, Choksi case.

– CBI refuses to cancel warrant against Mehul Choksi.


Indian minister urges industry to address “unnecessary import” of gold.


Former Bulgari exec joins Pandora as CMO.


Birks Group CFO departs.


Pomellato CEO to lead Altagamma jewelry unit.


MJSA reelects Steven Cipolla as chairman.


Petra Diamonds names new chairman.


Martin Siegel, chairman of Hamilton Jewelers, dies.


Award-winning designer Robert Wander dies.


Diamond District shrugs at Uncut Gems.

– Movie pop-up comes to Diamond District.

– Based on true story.

– Jeweler has a cameo.


The Atlantic traces rise and fall of group of jewel thieves.


Russia seeks to lift ban on Central African Republic diamonds.


Alrosa enters top 10 of WWF environmental transparency rating.


Gold mining company allowed to write its own environmental report.


Twenty-four killed in gold mine collapse.


The Atlantic looks at underwater mining (mentions De Beers).


Armenia wants common E.U. jewelry market.


New York City jewelers create world’s most valuable dreidel.


Zosia Mamet calls jewelry “a bit of magic in your everyday life.”


Which Trump wife got the most valuable engagement ring?


Colorado parent suing school for expelling son for wearing earrings.


Fiancé refuses to buy engagement ring because he doesn’t want to set the wrong precedent.


Why aren’t more women proposing to their boyfriends?


Media Watch

Zoe Report traces a diamond from start to finish.

WWD interviews CEO of Bulgari (subscription required).


From the Blog

JCK’s Holiday Jewelry Commercial Roundup


From the Magazine

How to Talk (Correctly!) About Lab-Grown Diamonds


From the Podcast

Episode 8. Guest: Sally Morrison

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


Have a great weekend and holiday!


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