May 10 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Our second podcast episode is live! JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and I talk Signet, watch trade-ins, a weird story, and gemstones with special guest Joe Menzie. Check it out!

This week in Diamond Shavings: What’s hurting J.C. Penney’s comeback. Man wearing a Trump mask robs jeweler. And the newest Instagram craze is “permanent” bracelets. All below.


Pandora’s U.S. sales fall 12 percent, will close 50 stores.


Watches of Switzerland, owner of Mayors, will go public.

– Seeks 30 percent growth in two years.

– Interview with CEO.


Lord + Taylor could be up for sale.


Chow Tai Fook establishes North American business hub.


Patek Philippe promotes Lisa Jones to U.S. president.


Spence Diamonds appoints new CEO.


Charles & Colvard has third consecutive profitable quarter. 


Federal Trade Commission spells out how to advertise lab-grown diamonds and simulants.

– Dubai Diamond Exchange launches lab-grown diamond tender.

– Paris gem lab refuses to grade synthetics.

– Estate lawyer calls lab-growns “too good to be true.”

New article on lab-growns in the FT.


Should the Four Cs be changed?


Lenders look to Dubai’s diamond industry.


CBI registers seventh case against Jatin Mehta.

– Allegedly transferred money to Gemesis.

– Read the First Information Report.


Indian government seizes the property of Mehul Choksi.


Who is the American Society of Jewelers and Gemologists?


California attorney general fines five jewelry companies over lead content.


Providence, R.I., jewelry business owner admits to tax evasion.


Albuquerque, N.M., jewelry store owner pleads guilty to tax evasion.


Kering to pay €1.25 billion tax settlement.


Cartier, Van Cleef accuse store of pirating jewelry.


Belk looks to rebrand.


J.C. Penney’s biggest hurdle: its image.

Business Insider: Stores outdated, messy.


Hudson Yards is “the dark heart of retail.”


187-year-old jeweler Cornwell to close.


The history of Amazon Prime.


Radiocarbon age-dating is used on the Ana Maria Pearl.


Indian gold imports jump ahead of festival.


Why “gold is a dirty business.”


United Arab Emirates’ gold trade moves to responsible sourcing.


Gemfields investigates slavery at ruby deposit.


Women want to see themselves reflected in jewelry ads.


Dolly Parton is launching a jewelry brand.


Kourtney Kardashian’s diamond tweet is slammed.


The 2019 Met Gala’s 10 most memorable jewelry looks.


Here are the winners of Jewelers of America’s 2019 CASE Awards for Jewelry Design.


The New York Post tours the world’s most glamorous jewelry cities.


New RealReal store–consignment office opens in New York City.


New Cincinnati store to specialize in secondhand jewelry.


Newest Instagram craze: “permanent bracelets.”


History of the Cartier Love bracelet.


Reflections on JCK’s 150th from Bill Furman. Dy-no-mite.


Man robs store while wearing a Donald Trump mask.


Alec Baldwin upgrades wife’s ring from 4 carats to 10 carats.


Six women on why they returned their engagement rings.


Bride-to-be shamed for wearing two “ugly” engagement rings. People need to stop shaming each other.


Media Watch

Forbes on Brilliant Earth.

Forbes talks to Bulgari CEO.


From the Blog  

Who Is the American Society of Jewelers and Gemologists?


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Episode 2: Joe Menzie


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