Jan. 31 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

We have a new podcast out. Woo-hoo!

On episode 11 of The Jewelry District, Victoria Gomelsky and I interview dynamic power couple Hayley Henning, vice president of sales and marketing for Greenland Ruby, and Erik Jens, an expert on industry financing and former head of the diamond desk at ABN Amro.

Listen and find out:

How did this dynamic power couple become a dynamic power couple?

How can the diamond industry get out of its funk?

Are industry conferences a waste of time?

What makes Greenland rubies different than other gemstones?

Who has the most charming accent? (Not me!)

All this, and more! Listen here.

This week in Diamond Shavings: Why gold may hit $2,000. Pandora closes 53 Chinese stores due to coronavirus. And Bill Gates’ daughter’s “huge” engagement ring. All below.

 

Following exposé, de Grisogono files for bankruptcy.

– Luxuo traces the brand’s history.

– De Grisogono’s bankruptcy and the 800 ct. diamond.

 

New Yorker feature on Lucara Diamond.

 

De Beers offer lab reports in the United States.

 

De Beers’ sales jump after terrible year.

 

U.S. gold jewelry demand jumped 2% in 2019.

 

CNN: World fears may cause gold to surge to $2,000.

– Jeweler seeing greater trade-ins.

 

Pandora closing 53 Chinese shops due to coronavirus.

 

Tiffany, Pandora, Swarovski named most desirable jewelry brands.

 

Tiffany amends proxy statement following court challenges.

 

Jewelry, watch sales rise for LVMH.

– LVMH says it’s not working with Amazon.

 

How Amazon plans to disrupt fashion.

 

Cartier and Saks settle lawsuit over location.

 

Seng Jewelers owners strike plea deal in theft case.

 

Nirav Modi and aides forged diamond sales, report says.

 

Former Shinola exec leaves lab-grown diamond company.

 

Blue Nile chief financial officer Bill Koefoed departs.

 

Michael O’Connor joins Plumb Club as marketing director.

 

Imagine Bridal grows sales team.

 

World Diamond Council appoints Elodie Daguzan executive director.

– WDC invites comments on System of Warranties tool kit.

 

South African sisters carve out niche in diamond industry.

 

Idaho jeweler fighting insurance company’s ruling on snow promotion.

 

A look at the remodeled Mayors jewelers.

 

There’s a redesigned J.C. Penney store in Texas.

 

Richemont signs mysterious lease on East 57th Street.

 

Tiffany closes Blue Box Café for a year.

– Louis Vuitton opening first café and restaurant.

 

What will happen to the rest of Philadelphia’s Jewelers’ Row?

 

Africa’s growing luxury goods market.

 

De Beers says it’s not returning to Angola.

– Angolan miner signs cutting and polishing deal with Graff subsidiary.

 

Mountain Province Diamonds voluntarily delists from NASDAQ.

 

There are still reports of human rights abuses associated with Marange diamond mining.

– Zimbabwe state miner denies it uses child labor.

 

Clashes in Central African Republic diamond hub.

 

The “double-edged sword” of mining in Africa.

 

FT on effort to certify lab-grown “eco-friendliness” (registration required).

Vogue India on “ethical diamonds.”

 

Why “luxury jewelry experts prefer natural diamonds.”

 

Jeweler’s Holocaust story makes national TV.

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The rescue dog named Diamond.

 

Jewelers for Children to honor Abramo and Drosos.

 

Man collapses on Antiques Roadshow after learning Rolex’s value.

 

Men’s jewelry won the 2020 Grammys.

– Victoria Gomelsky’s whirlwind Grammy weekend.

 

Bill Gates’ daughter has “massive” engagement ring.

 

Debra Messing will only loan her jewelry out to son’s (theoretical) fiancée.

 

Allen Iverson gets his jewelry back.

 

Couple gets back lost ring after it fell into trash.

 

Women on coupon group upset about cheap engagement ring.

 

Bridal gown embroidered with diamonds valued at $15 million.

 

Record-breaking gold toilet comes to UAE.

 

Interview with jewelry collector Kazumi Arikawa.

 

From the Blog

De Grisogono’s Bankruptcy and the 800 Carat Diamond

 

From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 11: Guests Hayley Henning and Erik Jens

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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