Nov. 17 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


This week: Pawnbrokers are seeing record jewelry sales. Alex and Ani left a lot of items behind at its former headquarters. And five places where you can find gold in America. All below.


U.S. retail sales fall for the first time in seven months

– Economy “cooling”

– Macy’s CEO optimistic about holiday


Bernie Robbins gives away the store


Legendary designer Henry Dunay dies


Anna Martin retiring from GIA after nine years


Pawnbrokers seeing record jewelry sales


Alex and Ani left behind thousands of items when vacating headquarters


Falling prices killed WD Lab Grown, CEO says


Belgium reportedly ready to restrict Russian rough

– Rapaport open letter

– Russia: Sanctions will cause a shortage


Kimberley Process has a failure to communiqué

– New KP chair attacks G7 proposal (subscription)

– State Department statement


Botswana’s president calls partnership with De Beers exemplary

– Video of Botswana’s Natural Diamond Summit

– Video of African Mining Summit diamond panel

– Video of De Beers meeting with Botswana officials


De Beers maintains supply target despite glut

– Will let stockpile “build up”


Botswana still wants HB Antwerp Model, even without HB

– Lucara slashes revenue predictions

– Lucara earnings call transcript


No sparkle in Surat’s diamond industry this Diwali


Michael Cornell appointed CEO of Cornell’s Jewelers


Jeff Strang named retail sales head at Liquid Diamonds


Former Forevermark exec Kate Rogowski joins Pandora


Diamond Foundry COO retires


Retailers want lab-grown diamond detectors to get smaller


Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday choker pulled from auction


$12 million yellow diamond earrings to hit Christie’s auction block


What’s motivating China’s new hard luxury consumer?


New York retailer settles suit over allegedly fake Tiffany jewelry


Customs officers in Cincinnati stop shipment of counterfeit jewelry


Swiss federal court snubs request for more gold transparency


Creatives urge fashion industry to condemn antisemitism


Lightbox ventures into first fashion collaborations


De Beers investigates ground movement at the Big Hole


Belarus president calls for world’s best diamond processing and jewelry production


Tiffany and Co. tour highlights apprenticeship programs


Swedish fashion brand Toteme introduces first jewelry line


Jacob the Jeweler says Pharrell and Nigo “pushed limits” of jewelry industry


Boygenius and Catbird team up on jewelry collection inspired by matching tooth tattoos


Kate Middleton wears Princess Diana’s earrings


Jeff Bezos’ fiancée “blacked out” when presented with 30 ct. diamond


Kim Kardashian is over diamond earring jokes


Five places where you can still find gold in America


Zodiac jewelry makes a return


Seven new watch and jewelry books to read this winter (subscription)


Media Watch

Fortune on the diamond industry’s woes


From the Blog

Kimberley Process Has a Failure to Communiqué


From the Podcast      

The Jewelry District, Episode 108: Istanbul, WD Bankruptcy, Sustainable Watches, and the 1916 Company


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By: Rob Bates

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