Nov. 15 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week: Indian cutters get nervous about the holiday. How a “cache of diamonds” led to the Trump impeachment saga. And the history of gold teeth. All below.


The biggest spenders this holiday season? Generation X.

– More women are buying jewelry for themselves.

– Pam Danziger has high hope for high-spending HENRYs.

– Holiday ad spending declines.

– Roundup of holiday spending forecasts.


Shinola CEO Tom Lewand will leave company.

– President ascends to top job.


Bailey Banks & Biddle should liquidate, motion argues.


Noted retailer Jewelry by Designs to close.


Jewelry store robbery linked to terrorist group ISIS.


Michigan jeweler busted in alleged $16 million caper.


Feds raid Cincinnati jewelry store in possible drug investigation.


Los Angeles jewelry district business called “major” counterfeit distributor.


Military victims of Romano’s Jewelers get money back.


Popular secondhand fashion app Depop attracts predators, report says.


Surat thinks polished prices indicate ’’dull Christmas.”


Bloomberg: Diamonds “keep getting cheaper.”

– Buyers return to De Beers after price cut.

– Alrosa sees pipeline “returning to balance.”


Petra sells blue diamond for $14.9 million.


Diamond dealers are a “vital” part of trade, Rapaport says.


Rosy Blue goes into synthetics.

– Other sightholders do, too.


Michael Hill now selling lab-growns.


JVC kit helps jewelers separate natural, lab-grown diamonds.


Synthetics vs. natural: The debate over value.

– Video of lab-grown panel.


De Beers, Botswana still mum on negotiations.


KGK opens factory in Angola.


The Kimberley Process is going nowhere. Should we care?


Kimberley (the town)’s fight against illegal mining flounders.


Diamante promises “new era” of diamond supply chain management.


Seventy percent of consumers are interested in ethically sourced gold.


Hidden cost of gold: birth defects and brain damage.


Is recycled gold an ethical choice?


Pam Danziger: Does Tiffany need LVMH as much as LVMH needs Tiffany?

– Motley Fool: Tiffany’s doing fine without it.

Other bidders?


Forevermark opens first U.S. store.


Mejuri introduces hybrid showroom model.


Why a jeweler honored a gift certificate from 1969.


Omega authenticating its own vintage watches.


Cartier taking trade-ins for pre-owned watches.


JCK talks to Serena Williams about her jewelry line.


David Yurman leans into the men’s business.


J.C. Penney sees steep sales decline, less than expected loss.


Macy’s giving out free pearl earrings, lab-grown ruby necklace on Black Friday


Do more retail stores need to close?

– Five store concepts that no longer exist.


Borsheims hires, promotes new managers.


GIA adds two governors to its board.


Danielle Max likes the Women Jewelry Association’s negotiation initiative.


Rapper Dok2 accused of not paying for jewelry.


Paramedic allegedly stole a dead man’s jewelry.


How “a cache of diamonds” led to Trump impeachment battle.


Human tooth jewelry discovered in Turkey.


Wall Street Journal has “the history of gold teeth.”


Shape asks: Should you wear jewelry when you work out?


Media Watch

Indiana News and Tribune column on the “psychology of jewelry.”

The Boston Globe interviews Luna & Stella CEO about her experience in Rhode Island.


From the Blog

The Kimberley Process is Going Nowhere. Should We Care?


JCK Podcasts

Episode 6, Guest: Bill Furman


Have a great weekend!



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