July 26 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

First, a plug: I will be moderating a panel on blockchain and the jewelry industry on Monday, July 29, at the Jewelers of America National Convention in New York. It will feature a panel of speakers from Signet, De Beers, Richline, and IBM. See more information about the convention here.

This week in Diamond Shavings: Why younger shoppers may save the mall. Tiffany and Costco are still fighting it out. And a woman had an awful lot of jewelry in her stomach. All below.


Interview with David Yurman president Carol Pennelli.


Alex and Ani says bank sparked financial woes.


J.C. Penney says bankruptcy not in the cards.

– Added to Fitch’s “loans of concern” list.


Jewelry dominates most expensive product listing ads.


Digital-first companies pose threat to chains like Claire’s.


Study: Jewelry consumers prefer to shop at brick-and-mortar stores.


Retail sales rose in June.


The decline of the middle class is a “retail cancer.”


Will Generation Z save the mall?


Ben Janowski ponders the gig economy and millennials.


De Beers CEO: Diamond industry malaise will pass.

– Paul Zimnisky: Is there really a crisis?


Anil Agarwal to exit De Beers owner Anglo American.


Israel discussing bourse ban on lab-growns.

– Ya’akov Almor: The industry needs to “get over” lab-growns.


Antwerp, Belgium, diamond research center WTOCD’s future in doubt.


Petra Diamonds may need equity financing soon.

– The 1,758 ct. diamond just got a name.


De Beers’ carbon-neutral mining plan moves to next step.


What Alrosa plans for Zimbabwe.

– Villagers demonstrate against Murowa.


WFDB president on the “elephant in the [Kimberley Process] room.”


There’s $1 million waiting for the person who fixes gold mining.

– Uganda’s gold boom leaves small-scale miners behind.


The Guardian asks: Is Fair Trade finished?


U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Amazon, Google, other tech firms.


Tiffany urges court to reject Costco appeal.


Judge certifies Signet’s discrimination suit as a class action.


Are store closures obscuring Signet’s “underlying weakness”?


Bulgari boosts LVMH jewelry growth.


Two Pandora U.S. vets leave the company.


Jewelry blogger Robyn Hawk dies.


Sculptural jeweler Nancy Linkin dies.


NIG Corp., Rare Gem join forces.


Brandee Dallow on JCK’s 150th and some cool old times.


Family behind Effy to buy Times Square building.


Diamond broker and father booked for cheating businessmen.


Nirav Modi denied bail again.


Woman wears Forever 21 jewelry to her father’s funeral.


Doctors remove jewelry from woman’s stomach.


Scarlett Johansson displays “huge” engagement ring.


Antiques Roadshow says “plastic” brooch is worth thousands.


Media Watch

The Street interviews Gemological Science International’s Debbie Azar.


From the Blog  

There’s $1 Million Waiting for the Person Who Fixes Gold Mining

Interview With David Yurman President Carol Pennelli


JCK Podcasts

JCK Las Vegas 2019 Highlights


Have a great weekend!



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