Nov. 21 Diamond Shavings: Your (Early This Week) Web Roundup

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!

This week in Diamond Shavings: Are Rolex dealers hoarding watches for the holiday? What went wrong at David’s Bridal. And how umbilical cord jewelry became a trend. All below.



David’s Bridal files for Chapter 11.

– What went wrong?



Black Friday likely to be year’s busiest shopping day.

– NRF expects 164 million consumers out this year.


U.S. jewelry and watch sales fall in September.


Kay Jewelers, Rogers & Hollands closing for Thanksgiving.


Rolex dealers hoard watches for holiday.

– Swiss watch exports rebound.


Old-school watchmakers push smart features to counter Apple.


Zoë Kravitz stars in new Tiffany holiday campaign.

Robb Report: Perceptions of Tiffany brand are shifting.

– Tiffany’s influencer posts don’t do that hot.


Blue Nile hopes to go public again.


AURate’s plans for curated fine jewelry.


How Nordstorm is executing retail essentials.


The man behind a new California shopping center “could save retail.”


Jewelry Industry Summit 2019 happening before Tucson Fair.


Botswana, De Beers look ready to renew partnership.

– Botswana pushes for larger stake.

– Debswana appoints new managing director.


De Beers on track to match last year’s sales.


Diamond miner communications show “a lack of clarity.”


Bharat Diamond Bourse not lifting ban on synthetics.

– Jewelry Exchange says it’s first to advertise lab-grown diamonds.


Woman questioned in Leviev smuggling case jumps to her death.


Money trail contradicts Winsome’s theory of money loss.


African governments don’t want change in Kimberley Process conflict diamond definition.

– World Diamond Council concerned about lack of change.


Investor revolt brews at Petra Diamonds.


Diavik diamond mine honored with three awards.


Istanbul Jewelry Show sees record attendance.


JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky has big personal news to share.


Jeweler David Nygaard on his run for office and (likely) win.


Sarah Jessica Parker still in legal battle with Kat Florence.


Pennsylvania jeweler sues ex-Steeler Martavis Bryant over unpaid bill.


Brooklyn, N.Y., teenager builds multimillion-dollar jewelry business.


Former Jared salesperson says poor customers should get created white sapphires.


Washington Examiner is upset that Jared commercial shows a woman proposing.

– So is The Federalist.


Jeff Bezos says Amazon will one day fail.


Dutch hotel worker swapped guests’ rings for fakes.


How the royals have changed shopping for engagement rings.


Umbilical cord jewelry is the latest parental trend.


Gold nanoparticles used to treat prostate cancer.


Travis Scott plans Astroworld bling.


Sotheby’s to sell Frank Sinatra’s engagement ring.


U.K. footballers wear diamond rings and studs.


Media Watch

Reader’s Digest says buying diamonds on Cyber Monday is a waste of money.

Bloomberg Business Week is high on rubies.

Business Development Bank of Canada profiles the Fair Trade Jewellery Co.

Earth911 on ethical jewelry.


From the Blog  

Jeweler David Nygaard on His Run for Office and (Likely) Win



Have a great weekend!



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