March 6 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week, a new episode of the JCK podcast dropped, as the kids say, and it’s a good one. Victoria Gomelsky and I talk to John Kennedy, president of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance. Our conversation covers:

– Commonsense suggestions that jewelers can implement now to reduce the chance of their store being robbed

– The age-old controversy over whether jewelers should have guns in their store

– The very new problem of cybercrime against jewelers.

It’s sure to cause a lot of discussion and debate. Listen here.

This week: Gold trade-ins pick up steam. A crushed water bottle solves a jewelry theft. And Canada mints a diamond-shape coin. All below.


JCK Las Vegas, Luxury taking place as scheduled.

– GIA cancels career fair, but AGS and JA NY events will go on.

– Watch brands to hold their own Swiss watch fair.


How will the coronavirus affect retail?

– Centurion: How will coronavirus impact jewelry retail?

– How it’s upended the fashion world.

– What is the possible effect on U.S. malls?

– Texas mall briefly closes after suspected infection.


Bloomberg: Gold trade-ins start to spike again.

– Is gold rally just getting started?


Pandora sheds 180 jobs in strategic reorganization.

– Reorganization will hit Baltimore headquarters.

– Closes 30 stores in Italy.

– Interview with chief marketing officer.


Macy’s notes solid quarter for jewelry.


WD Lab Grown dismisses case against ALTR.


Canadian Jewellers Association issues guide for advertising lab-grown diamonds.

– Texas store claims it’s selling the world’s largest lab-grown diamond.


Jewelry brands “become obsessed” with big diamonds.


De Beers reveals overhaul of sight system.

– Second sight hit by poor Chinese sales.


Edahn Golan: Diamond market suffers from lack of confidence.


Indian diamond workers hurt by coronavirus.

– Surat cutters threaten strike over professional tax.


Edward Asscher retires from family diamond company.


New CEO of HRD Antwerp reveals plans for future.


Hudson’s Bay CEO steps down as Richard Baker takes over.


Erik Nordstrom takes over as Nordstrom’s sole CEO.


The troubling case of Jona Rechnitz.


Indian law tribunal orders liquidation of Nirav Modi’s company.


A crushed water bottle helped a detective solve $3 million jewelry heist.


Jewelry thief steals necklace with fishing rod.


Bob Lynn, the “magician jeweler,” dies at 60.


Amazon’s demi-fine jewelry offerings are improving.


Walmart regrets all the companies it’s purchased.


Foundrae tries something new: Glass and tumblers.


What makes a $60,000 watch worth $60,000?


Canada has the world’s first diamond-shape coin.


J.B. Smoove of Curb Your Enthusiasm shops the Diamond District.


High schooler brings awareness to autism with jewelry business.


Media Watch

The New York Times looks at what to do if your jewelry is stolen from your hotel room.

Londonist visits the Hatton Garden diamond district.


From the Blog

The Troubling Case of Jona Rechnitz


From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 13: John J. Kennedy


Have a great weekend!



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