Oct. 9 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Wishing everyone the best during these troubling times. Stay safe, and take sensible precautions.

This week in Diamond Shavings: It will be a very different Black Friday. People are snatching up Argyle pinks. Why fidget jewelry may cure all that ails you. All below.

 

Interview with Blue Nile CEO Sean Kell.

– Blue Nile opening three showrooms over next month.

 

102 carat D flawless sells for $16 million.

A “bargain”?

– Two top lots withdrawn at Sotheby’s.

 

Will no COVID stimulus hurt holiday sales?

– Store traffic may drop by 25% this holiday.

– Retailers brace for a Black Friday without crowds.

– Will retail bankruptcies get worse?

 

J.C. Penney to close more 144 more stores.

– Judge urges creditors to submit rival bid for J.C. Penney.

 

Bulgari CEO: “Millennials don’t want luxury.”

 

Does LVMH chief prefer Cartier to Tiffany?

 

How do you promote diamond jewelry during a pandemic?

– Interview with CEO of Natural Diamond Council (audio).

 

NPR: Pandemic is giving luxury watch market its moment.

 

Signet CEO: “Zoom-worthy” jewelry is selling.

 

Supreme Court declined to hear Sterling’s class action arbitration appeal.

 

Local government hopeful Ekati mine will reopen.

– Dominion, in a gamble, agrees to buy 10 million liters of fuel for Ekati.

 

Argyle pink diamonds being snapped up ahead of closure.

 

Diamond units to observe shortest ever Diwali break over high demand.

 

Indian engineers develop diamond-selling app.

 

Startup allows diamond trading via coin.

 

Peace deal may bring “new sparkle” to Dubai diamond trade.

 

Tax evasion, theft rob Africa of $89 billion a year.

 

Man pleads guilty of violating Kimberley Process law.

– World Diamond Council president Asscher says KP still has function.

 

Artisanal diamond miners in the spotlight.

 

Petra Diamonds avoids strike.

 

Threat of synthetics is an opportunity for diamond traceability.

 

Company touts carbon-negative lab-growns.

 

Winsome Diamonds to be liquidated.

 

Netflix India to run show about Nirav Modi.

 

Amazon bullies partners and vendors, says antitrust subcommittee.

 

J.P. Morgan fined for precious metal market manipulation.

– Inside the precious metal desk called a “crime ring.”

 

Diamond District fraudster Mullakandov cooperated, gets time served.

 

Canadian diamantaire Ralph Vantyghem dies.

 

South Carolina jeweler Morris Sistare dies.

 

Florida jewelry salesman Joel Spritzer dies.

 

Former Maryland jeweler Howard C. Heiss Jr. dies.

 

Jewelers of America moves Gem Awards to July.

 

How do you clean jewelry to reduce COVID risk?

 

Can “fidget jewelry” reduce your anxiety?

 

Jewelry store clerk exposes cheating husband.

 

Woman tries to sell stolen ring back to jewelry store.

 

Portland jewelry store sues for damages during riots.

 

Robert Irwin Jewelers offers try-at-home program.

 

Jewelry Television looks to fill 50 positions during outdoor job fair.

 

Pandora debuts Star Wars collection.

– Pandora releases third-quarter trading update.

 

Seventeen very impressed with Kylie Jenner’s diamond-covered Nikes.

 

Canadian diamonds offer clues to Earth’s early history.

 

New lab-grown diamond reference book released.

 

Some dude wrote a mystery novel.

 

From the Blog

Interview With Blue Nile CEO Sean Kell


From the Podcast

Episode 28: Guest Andrea Hill

 

Have a safe and healthy weekend.

 

 

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