May 28 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

May 28 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week in Diamond Shavings:  Why the jewelry industry needs more “risk-taking.” Mehul Choksi’s return to India blocked, for now. And Tiffany’s April Fool’s joke has a surprising afterlife. All below.


Signet opens Kay + Zales combo stores.



Will the return of travel and dining hurt jewelry sales?

– Couples “race to the altar” as COVID-19 restrictions ease.


U.S. stats show jewelry watch sales recovering well.

– North Carolina jewelers see success during COVID-19.


Consumers seek more creativity, risk-taking in jewelry.


What to know about e-commerce in 2021.


Shoppers go back to stores, but retailers face challenges.


Amazon, Walmart slug it out for retail supremacy.


Where is Macy’s going?


Report: Authentic Brands planning IPO.


Tiffany & Co. turns April Fool’s joke into retail experience.

– Bernard Arnault becomes world’s richest person as LVMH stock rises.


My webinar on surviving and thriving in the new diamond world (video).

– Rapaport webinar on “five steps toward recovery” (video).


Fallout continues over Pandora’s lab-grown announcement.

– De Beers sees no impact from Pandora announcement.


“Cautious optimism” about diamond mining in 2021.


Australia’s Merlin diamond mine sells for $8.5 million.


U.S. Department of Treasury submits regulations for Burma sanctions.


Mehul Choksi, former Samuels owner, arrested.

– Court blocks his repatriation.

– Netflix charts rise and fall of Choksi’s nephew Nirav Modi.


J.R. Dunn Jewelers founder Jim Dunn dies.


Former WJA chapter president Karen Golembeski dies.


Jack Thomas, Ohio jeweler, dies.


Guy Borenstein becomes Stuller’s senior gemologist.


Day’s Jewelers gets new VP, store operations.


Pat Henneberry joins digital platform Zorella.


John Kennedy wins JA Gem Award for Lifetime Achievement.


Dubai gold trader fined for not complying with AML, terrorism financing laws.


Dubai may set up bank to support diamond traders.


Why is a company accused of looting diamonds back in Zimbabwe?


Global Witness: PR firm “smeared” us.


Are companies sourcing from conflict-free refiners or smelters?


Oxford decides not to remove Cecil Rhodes statue.


Arizona jeweler loses battle over COVID-19 insurance coverage.


Purplish-pink diamond sets record at Christie’s.

– 73 ct. diamond shines at Sotheby’s New York.


“Ocean Floor diamonds” become a thing.


Jade Trau opens first-ever store.


Paris jewelry house Vever comes back to life.


Brilliant Earth opens Seattle showroom.


Interview with Elie Bernheim, new head of Raymond Weil.


Movado sees sales tick higher in first quarter.


How ear piercing has persisted during COVID-19.


Kendra Scott debuts men’s collection.


New book looks at industry “lies.”


Scientists determine new way to determine age of diamonds, what made them.


Man finds 2 ct. diamond at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park.


Engagement ring found in bottom of lake in 20 minutes.


Why Rachael Ray doesn’t wear her original wedding, engagement rings.


Kamala Harris’ bold jewels for Biden’s first address.


How Lisa Bridge is managing.


Media Watch

Discover magazine looks at lab-grown diamonds.

The New York Times looks at alternative engagement rings.

Writer pens love note to grandmother’s jade jewelry.

What pieces Vogue editors never take off.


From the Blog

The Odd Couple: Signet Opens Kay + Zales Combo Stores


From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 45: Guest Shelia Bayes


Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend.



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