Feb. 21 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

A new episode of JCK’s podcast, The Jewelry District, has just dropped, and I haven’t been so excited since we dropped the last one. In this episode:

Oscar bling makes Victoria sing.

Sustainability talk makes some at Tucson balk.

De Grisogono’s fall has lessons for us all.

Plus, a Weird Story of the Week that is not gross but still kind of weird and stupid. And…learn the identity of our next guest!

It’s all here.

This week in Diamond Shavings: Coronavirus threatens the watch and diamond business. Miami gang used Instagram to steal jewelry. And how to dress like a 47th Street diamond dealer. All below.


Gold price hits seven-year high with more gains expected.

– Bloomberg: Why gold’s in a “perfect storm.”


How Signet is dramatically changing its marketing.


Jewelers report strong Valentine’s Day.


Reports and observations from Tucson gem shows.

– Attitude “upbeat.”

How’s the economy? Depends where you live.


Chow Tai Fook North America reduces staff.


Watch brands worry about the effects of coronavirus.

– Coronavirus hurting diamond exports.


De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver on sales, sights, and patent suits.

– Posts lowest profits since end of monopoly.

– Judgment in the Element Six vs. IIa Technologies case.


Lightbox to include more grading information on their diamonds.


Paul Zimnisky: Retail margins boosting man-made diamond sales.


Edahn Golan: Can India’s sharp rise in lab-grown exports continue into 2020?


High-end fashion brands write off Amazon’s new luxury platform.

Vacheron Constantin to open flagship on 57th Street.


Vogue hires new jewelry editor, Desiree Adedje (subscription required).


Instagram is changing how we buy engagement rings.


Kendra Scott is “growing fast.”


Kohl’s lays off 250 in reorganization.


Daniel’s Jewelers founder Joseph Sherwood dies at 102.


Chicago jeweler, Holocaust survivor Edward Kahn dies at 103.


Ralph Overstreet, Arkansas jeweler, dies, also at 103.


Jewelry historian Rosalie Berberian dies at 92.


Retail pioneer, fashion kingmaker Dawn Mello dies.


Northern Virginia’s B&C Jewelers closes after 67 years.


What fast fashion can learn from Botswana’s diamond industry.


Does Botswana government regret not taking stake in Karowe mine?


How the Peace Diamond has transformed a sleepy Sierra Leone village.

Scientists in India use earthquake data to find diamond mines.


International Diamond Week “provenance and traceability” panel (video).


Jade market in Myanmar “subdued.”


Star Rays aiming to be carbon-neutral.


Gender-neutral jewelry collections coming on strong.


Jewelry store also offers child care.


Miami gang used to Instagram to steal jewelry.


A look at how the first diamond was grown in a lab.


Uzbekistan interested in Azerbaijan’s jewelry industry experience.


Swarovski opens store in Lagos.


Peter Meeus puts in new bid for HRD Antwerp.


New York has tips on how to look like a 47th Street diamond dealer.


Amanda Bynes shows off massive diamond ring.


How to eat a macrobiotic meal like Anna Sheffield.


Media Watch

New York’s The Strategist has a jewelry buying guide.

Bloomberg on eco-friendly diamonds.

Slate‘s Dear Prudie ponders: Should I tell a friend her engagement ring is fake?


From the Blog

How Signet Is Dramatically Changing Its Marketing

De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver Talks Sales, Sights, and Patent Suits


From the Podcast

Episode 12: The Oscars, Tucson Gem Shows, and De Grisogono


Have a great weekend!



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