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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