Dec. 21 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week in Diamond Shavings: The difference in Meghan Markle’s and Kate Middleton’s jewelry taste. The “dirty dealings” at the Amazon Marketplace. And the U.K.’s last pearl stringer. All below.


National Retail Federation says 56 percent of consumers will shop this Saturday.

– Centurion: A “strong” season for jewelers.

– InStore says sales “not bad” but “not terrific.”

– National Jeweler’s sales report.


Baselworld, SIHH to occur back-to-back in 2020.


Centurion chats with Ben Bridge CEO Lisa Bridge.


Debate rages after jeweler shoots fleeing robber.


There’s a rising industry of Amazon Marketplace “fixers.”


Sears hopes for bidders who aren’t Eddie Lampert.


Why young people will spend $500 for sneakers.


Diamond jewelry sales grew 4 percent in third quarter.

– Albert Robinson: Diamond companies not feeling it.


Paul Zimnisky: Three themes that will shape the diamond industry in 2019.


Lab-grown diamond stores open in Los Angeles and New York.


Diamond report fraud found in Slovakia.


India seeks extradition of Nirav Modi from the United Arab Emirates..


Interpol issues Red Corner notice against Mehul Choksi.


Is Jatin Mehta next in extradition line?


How a long-ago agreement came back to haunt a sightholder.


Bloomberg looks at the Peace Diamond.

– Rapaport brings lights to a town in Sierra Leone (video).


Ugly reports from the Chinese-run diamond mines in Zimbabwe.


Chow Tai Fook joins Tracr, De Beers blockchain platform.


Human Rights Watch says jewelry buyers should demand transparency.


Lesedi La Rona may have originally been over 2,500 cts.


De Beers may start mining at Venetia a year early.


FDA warns against teething jewelry after strangulation.


Smartwatches to get slicker and sleeker.


David Yurman updates signature Cable bracelet.


Why Seiko is moving upmarket in the United States.


Interview with one of the U.K.’s last pearl stringers.


Longtime Texas jeweler to change ownership.


Jeweler turns Marvel icons into wearable art.


Jeweler honors fallen police officers.


Diamond Empowerment Fund video gets 11 million impressions.


Alisa Bunger joins Ania Haie as director of sales.


Burberry, Perfume group vets to join Pandora board.


Jewelers Board of Trade appoints new tech VP.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s new collar is a Stella & Dot necklace gifted by a fan.


Meghan Markle’s and Kate Middleton’s jeweler on how their tastes differ.

– Markle wore diamond bracelet to lunch.


Rachel McAdams wears diamonds while pumping breast milk.


Paris Hilton is keeping her engagement ring from ex-fiancé.


Man finds a natural pearl in his meal.


Woman reunited with ring 50 years later.


Good Samaritan donates diamond ring in Washington.


Media Watch

Reuters on lab-grown diamonds.

Forbes: Beth Bernstein on six jewelry designers to watch.


From the Blog  

How A Long-Ago Agreement Came Back to Haunt a Sightholder


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