Sept. 20 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Just a quick reminder to check out the latest edition of JCK’s podcast, “The Jewelry District.

In this super jam-packed edition, JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and I discuss New York Fashion Week and whether “grunge fashion” is back, the impact of Trump’s tariffs on jewelry manufacturers, and the recent big changes at JCK.

Plus, we talk with Tiffany Stevens of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee about what the U.S. State Department wants from the industry as far as sourcing, if you can ever really tell where your gold is from, as well as big misconceptions about the Federal Trade Commission’s guides for lab-grown diamonds.

This week in Diamond Shavings: Can J.C. Penney survive? Someone stole a gold toilet. Woman dreams she swallowed her engagement ring—and actually does. All below.

 

Ross-Simons purchases majority stake in Luca + Danni.

 

What Chow Tai Fook has planned for North America.

 

Despite “uncertainty,” holiday sales look good.

 

Generation Z may revive brick-and-mortar.

– Ron Johnson: Why physical stores have an advantage over Amazon.

– Everlane CEO says “basically” no online-only businesses are profitable

– Why “the middle” of retail is dying.

– The death of department stores and malls, in five charts.

– Older women heading more to off-price stores.

 

Plumb Club requiring members to join Responsible Jewellery Council.

– Consumers want to see third-party verification of eco-impact, sourcing claims.

 

Investigation claims flaws in RealReal’s authentication practices.

 

New startups look to get into ear piercing.

 

Charming Charlie is poised to rise again.

 

Alex and Ani has restructured its debt.

 

Looking at Pandora’s new store.

– Selects new tech partner.

– The New York Times on its comeback.

 

J.C. Penney CEO upbeat about turnaround.

– Can she pull it off?

– Penney downgraded by Fitch.

– Names new senior vice president of finance.

 

TD Bank provides growth capital to Betteridge.

 

Sentiment “cautious” at Hong Kong show.

 

Tiffany plans more stores in China.

 

Alrosa expects to buy Kristall soon.

 

De Beers executive on the market’s challenges.

 

De Beers vet joins lab-grown company ALTR.

 

Gold found in Nevada “has potential.”

 

Longtime Alex Šepkus goldsmith Guido Belluzzi dies.

 

Modesto, Calif., jeweler Bart Bartoni dies.

 

New Hampshire jeweler Phil Dutille dies.

 

JA honoring Ed Bridge with Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

SoCal 24 Karat Club honoring Bindra, Jones, Chandler.

 

Alrosa gets an A+ in social, environmental investments.

 

Watches still signal status, Wall Street Journal says.

 

A day in the life of Kendra Scott.

 

How Vietnamese immigrant Johnny Dang become rap’s favorite jeweler.

 

The “dark reality” behind healing crystals.

 

FBI nabs alleged accomplice in Diamond District robbery.

 

Another Diamond District store was robbed.

 

Brexit backer has to sell diamond mines.

 

Judge appoints liquidators to Merlin Diamonds.

 

Developer claims he was “slandered” by Michael Anthony.

 

Alrosa given the green light to go after lost Angola money.

 

Somebody stole a gold toilet!

– Artist says it wasn’t him.

 

Why was a $2 million diamond shrouded in black?

 

Student discovers strange mineral inside of a diamond.

 

GIA names new mineral johnkoivulaite.

 

California woman dreams she swallowed her ring—and found out she did.

 

Golfer’s lost engagement ring is returned two months later.

 

The “diamond a day” Advent calendar.

 

Opalized dinosaur bones found.

 

Media Watch

The New York Times on women in the watch industry and selling a diamond ring.

 

From the Blog

What Chow Tai Fook Has Planned for North America

 

JCK Podcasts

Episode Five. Guest: Tiffany Stevens

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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