Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of June 23

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This week. Is the diamond market in chaos? The necklace that killed Marie Antoinette. And why J.Crew failed. All below.


Retail rethink

– How bookstores bounced back.

– Surprise! More than half of millennials shop in stores.

– Most retailers still offer “incredibly bad” experience.

– Where is jewelry retail headed, Ben Janowski wonders.

– How tech will drive shopping experiences.

– New study finds 45 percent of retailers plan to integrate AI.

– Shopping’s future: A mall that’s like an amusement park.


More than half of jewelers cooperate with competitors.


Suppliers struck by shipping scam.


Jewelry online fraud rises.


Amazon’s new try-and-return service likely includes jewelry.


Etsy cuts 15 percent of its workforce.


Sears Canada files for creditor protection.


Luxury underperforming in the United States.


How Mickey Drexler failed at J.Crew.


Edahn Golan: “A market in chaos.”


Company wants to disrupt man-made diamond marketing.


De Beers will invest in start-ups.

– My thoughts: How De Beers has become like Amazon.


Israel Exchange introduces diamond tech incubator.


Italian diamond fraud investigation heats up.


Global Witness does undercover investigation about buying in Central African Republic.


Interview with Namibian diamond handler.


Northwest Territories diamond fiasco ends with fraud charges.


New gold rush in Nova Scotia.


Controversial Gemfields takeover may be going ahead.

– Pallinghurst chairman’s censure not declared.


Rockefeller Emerald sets auction record.


Vacheron Constantin debuts first store in Canada.


Fossil debuts Emporio Armani smartwatch.


Andrew Block becomes president of TrueFacet.


Signet appoints new director as one resigns.

Australian miner names Ronald Winston to board.


Kessler Diamonds names Joe Gehrke new president.


Trump Tower “detail” scaled back. Harry Winston happy.


Hudson Bay’s urged to go private, sell properties.


Cartier release new “Proposal” videos.


Audience Network renews Ice series.


Jennifer Heebner talks to jewelry lovers.


WJA names award nominees.


Was the Koh-i-Noor a blood diamond?


The necklace that cost Marie Antoinette her head.


900-year-old jewelry found in Crusader castle.


Valerie Messika makes “Cannes move.”


Selena Gomez gets a diamond.


Salvador Dali fancied himself a jeweler.


Man finds 4.3 kg. gold nugget.


Media Watch

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay tries nipple jewelry.


From the Blog:

How De Beers Has Become Like Amazon

How Bookstores Bounced Back


Have a great weekend!


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