Oct. 4 Diamond Shavings Your Friday Web Roundup

 This week: Jewelry retailers land on “high-risk” list. Man who stole Saudi jewels tells his story. Plus, rain helps turn up diamonds in India. All below.

Wish all who celebrate a happy and healthy new year.


Helzberg Diamonds’ new offer: “Elope here”


Signet, Blue Nile, Penney, Hudson’s Bay on high-risk retail list


Forever 21 files for Chapter 11

– Founders borrowed $10 million from their daughters

– Did it underestimate young women?



Bed Bath & Beyond shuts indie e-tailer Of a Kind


Mall owner Simon is building an online-only outlet mall


National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales will rise 4% this year


De Beers sales fall 39 percent in a year

– De Beers keeps special terms in place


Customs cracking down on imports of Congo gold, Marange diamonds

– My thoughts: The order “raises many questions”


Jewelers Vigilance Committee launches diamond “supply chain protection kit”



Blockchain firm helps Congo diamond mine track product


Central African Republic launches reform of its diamond sector


The New York Times: Russia increasingly involved in African diamond trade


Seven killed in collapse of illegal Congo gold mine


Italian bank execs under investigation in diamond probe


De Beers Group Auctions appoints head of product, sales


Joe Thompson becomes executive editor of Hodinkee


Imperial Pearl chairman Banice Bazar dies


Dallas jeweler Charles Skibell dies


Jewelry store is polishing police badges ahead of detective’s funeral


Amazon introduces Alexa-enabled smart ring


Betteridge gets $20 million credit line


Belgian company drops case against Embee Diamonds


The secretive gold deal keeping Venezuela afloat (video)


Gem Diamonds’ mining lease at Letšeng renewed for ten years

– Lesotho miners demand “racist” mine manager get fired


Zimbabwe diamond mine guard accused of money laundering


Man who stole Saudi jewels tells his story


Indian diamond seekers helped by rain


Alrosa digs up 800-million-year-old diamond


Divorce lawyer thinks it’s weird that someone put a lab-grown diamond in their pre-nup


Jennifer Garner wears 65 ct. necklace to Save the Children gala


Justin Bieber has diamond-covered lavender grills


Princess Beatrice’s engagement ring follows every royal tradition

– Meghan Markle ditched her jewelry when going to Africa


Media Watch

Book excerpt: How Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi built an empire

Flux magazine has tips for choosing an anniversary ring


From the Blog

Customs’ Congo and Marange Order Raises Many Questions


JCK Podcasts

Episode Five. Guest: Tiffany Stevens


Have a great weekend!



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