Nov. 8 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week: What will be the biggest holiday shopping days? California targets e-tailers that don’t collect sales tax. And Adam Sandler has an unusual use for a jeweler’s loupe. All below.

 

Bailey Banks & Biddle files for bankruptcy.

 

Tiffany wants LVMH to up its bid.

– LVMH is open to that.

– Cartier owner Richemont unlikely to make offer.

– Analyst doesn’t see bidding war.

– Pros and cons of LVMH owning Tiffany.

– What does it mean for cosmetics line?

WWD interviews (the circumspect) Tiffany CEO (subscription required).

 

Richemont’s jewelry division “losing its shine.”

 

Pandora sees comeback, but sales still fall.

– New concept store debuts in New Jersey.

 

Charles & Colvard reports increased sales, profits.

 

Ten useful stats from The Knot’s engagement study.

– Parsing different engagement ring stats.

 

One December weekend could kill the holiday season.

– This holiday could be better than last year’s.

– Online holiday sales could jump 13.5%.

– SpendingPulse singles out 10 best shopping days.

 

How brick-and-mortar stores regained their cool.

– Retailers try “low-risk” types of locations.

– Steve Dennis: The future is “harmonized retail.”

 

Gemist wants to be “the Warby Parker of jewelry.”

 

FTC tells social media influencers: Disclose if you’re paid.

 

The RealReal counters critics of its authentication procedures.

 

Barneys New York flagship to remain open, others to close.

– How jewelry designer Kazuko personified Barneys’ “individuality and character.”

 

Designer Zac Posen shuts down company.

 

Sears to close 96 more stores.

 

HRD Antwerp receives two takeover bids.

 

De Beers cuts diamond prices by 5%.

– Sightholders welcome decision.

– Surat dealers happy.

– Lucara sees “signs of life” in market.

– So does Rapaport.

 

Botswana president urges diamonds to benefit all areas.

– CNBC talks Botswana diamonds with De Beers CEO, country’s minister of mines, and managing director of Lucara (all video).

– Namibia wants to get more involved in marketing.

 

De Beers says it’s “committed to natural diamonds.”

– Lab-grown diamond challenge should “not be taken lightly,” says Namibian prime minister.

 

One-carat synthetic diamond “grown in a week.”

 

Countries want to take control of colored stone production.

 

The New Yorker looks at “blood gold” in Brazilian rainforest.

 

Sierra Leone residents take miner to court to prevent eviction (video).

 

Marange chief said Zimbabwe diamond company has “made us poorer.”

– Company blames U.S. ban for hurting prices.

 

Dan Gertler hires Alan Dershowitz, Louis Freeh to lobby OFAC.

 

Indian diamond merchants still recovering from “demonetization.”

 

California goes after Amazon tax sellers with million-dollar tax bills.

 

Tiffany sues government of New South Wales, Australia.

 

Fifth Avenue stores see rent decline.

 

Walmart appears to be gaining ground against Amazon.

– Or maybe not.

 

Reeds and Kleinfeld collaborate on bridal collection.

 

Danielle Max examines “brand intimacy.”

 

Borsheims sells “luxury jewelry experiences.”

 

Peoples Jewellers’ ad created with “focus group of the future.”

 

Breitling, Crown & Caliber develop “trade-in” program.

 

James Avery goes into handbags.

 

Judy Olsen, founder of Wisconsin jewelry store, dies.

 

Henry Winkler to emcee Ayyy-GS Conclave.

 

A lot of celebrities are wearing Missoma.

 

Adam Sandler has found an unusual use for a jeweler’s loupe.

 

Drake buys $500,000 diamond ring for himself for a birthday present.

 

Rapper Ralo jewelry collection seized by feds.

 

Kanye West concerned about Kim Kardashian sharing jewelry photos online.

 

King Ice launches Rick and Morty jewelry collection.

 

Facebook shamers don’t like Mickey Mouse ring.

 

“Last necklace made by Neanderthals” discovered in Spain.

 

Woman needs TV reporter to get insurer to pay for lost diamond.

 

Diamond and gold toilet could set a record.

 

Fine jewelry Advent calendars for the rich in spirit, er, cash.

 

Media Watch

Houston Chronicle talks to Stephen Webster.

Fortune profiles Catbird.

Robb Report looks at the Argyle mine.

 

From the Blog

How Brick-and-Mortar Stores Regained Their Cool

 

JCK Podcasts

Episode Six, Guest: Bill Furman

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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