Jan. 3 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Hope everyone had a great holiday and new year!

This week in Diamond Shavings: How did jewelers find the holiday? Indian customs broking company’s trouble might affect gem and jewelry industry. And umbilical cord and earring card jewelry. All below.


Centurion: Luxury jewelers see strong holiday, but not because of millennials.

– InStore: Jewelers see “strong finish” to holiday.

– Pam Danziger: Holiday was challenging for brick-and-mortar stores.

– Holiday saw biggest discounts since the Great Recession.


U.S. jewelry, watch sales rise more slowly in October.


2020 Foresight

– Five hot holiday topics for the year.

– Hedda Schupak: Top new trends that will change your business.

Real Simple’s eight engagement ring trends.

– Diamonds.net: The jewelry “that’s set to sparkle.”


2019 Hindsight

– My favorite jewelry promotions of 2019.

Professional Jeweller: 10 things the industry learned in 2019.

– Brecken Branstrator discovered seven “gems” last year.

Vogue: 2019 was the “year of bling.”

– EBay lists its most expensive jewelry and watch purchases.

– Last year was a record year for store closings.


Truth and lies about retail we learned in the last decade.

– The American Dream is the “post-shopping mall.”


Mejuri is planning for IPO.

– Indian jeweler Senco Gold chills on IPO, looks to private investors.


Warren Buffett turned down offer to buy Tiffany.


Jewelers of America forms Consumer Marketing Committee.


$1 million Mercury Free Mining challenge may have found an answer (but not $1 million).

–  Podcast looks at “gold’s tarnished image” (audio).


Diamonds.net’s “tips for promoting ethical credentials.”


New facility growing diamonds in Kentucky.

– Tech pioneer sees future for synthetics in Israel.

– Will luxury jewelers embrace lab-grown diamonds?


Paul Zimnisky sees natural diamonds facing “price ceiling.”


Canadian miners hope for a boost with Argyle closure.


Dominion applies to expand exploration project.


Former Alrosa vice president Sergey Oulin dies.


Alrosa finalizes deal with Zimbabwe diamond company.


Central African Republic adviser Peter Meeus is happy about Kimberley Process decision.


Isabel dos Santos’ assets frozen in corruption probe.

– Former president’s son goes on trial.


Nirav Modi changes structure of assets to conceal crime.


Suspension of Indian customs broking agency will hurt gem, diamond industry.


U.S. Customs rules about origin of cut diamonds.



Woman sued Jared, former employee over hidden restroom camera.


Rapper Offset sued by jeweler.


Mark Cuban denies diamond cremation company is a “scam.”


Ivanka Trump, Nancy Pelosi find “political” uses for brooches.


Meghan Markle doesn’t like Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry collection.


Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn feel men should get engagement rings too.


Rupert dethrones Oppenheimer as South Africa’s richest man.


Bulgari’s new collection “breaks the rules.”


Talking with the “world’s oldest jewelry school.”


A 24k-gold iPhone 11 pro features 137 diamonds.


More moms creating umbilical cord jewelry.


French company offers earring card earrings.


Media Watch

International Business Times on the Indian industry’s slowdown.


From the Blog



From the Magazine

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


From the Podcast

Episode 9: Best of Weird Stories 2019

Episode 8. Guest: Sally Morrison

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


Have a great weekend!



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