All my posts on current events and trends in the diamond industry
The push for an online sales tax has taken a surprising new twist. The way most proposals, including the one that passed the Senate, work is that residents pay sales ...read more Source: JCK Online [...]
This week brought news of a class-action lawsuit that charges the five banks overseeing the daily gold price fix with manipulating the market. For those unfamiliar, since 1919, London fix ...read more Source: JCK Online [...]
This week, RadioShack announced plans to shut 1,100 stores. This led to a slew of unpleasant headlines, even as its CEO talked about how the company would now offer a ...read more Source: JCK Online [...]
This is one reason why jewelry stores are difficult and costly to operate. I had a 30-06 rifle pointed at my face by a 17-year-old suicidal pregnant girl when I was managing a store in [...]
De Beers Approves Financing for Canadian Diamond Mine De Beers Board of Directors has given approval to move the Snap Lake project from the current stage of preproduction development into full construction at a cost [...]
A $1 MILLION dollar reward has been offered to anyone who can report the location of a 17.48 carat diamond stolen from it's owner in Switzerland. They suspect it has already been sold to a new buyer, so they will also pay whatever the current owner may have paid for it, plus the reward, to have it back.
[Editor's Note :: This article is for dealers attending the Tucson show, but it gives consumers a good idea of how things are going, and prices are rocketing this year, for some time now.] February's [...]
The world’s second-largest miner, Rio Tinto announced its first rough diamond tender for 2014, which consists of 124 lots of the special gems including a range of rare natural pink precious rocks from its Argyle [...]
Brad Brooks-Rubin has led the US State Department's conflict diamond desk for 4 and 1/2 years, and is moving on. He recently talked with JCK magazine about the controversies during his tenure, what he has [...]
Last week, JCK posted an article where their writers mystery shopped five jewelers. Rob Bates, Senior Editor, went to the Tiffany flagship store in midtown Manhattan. During his discussion with three of the Tiffany staff members, he asked about conflict diamonds, and got three different answers.
On Sunday March 2nd, at the 86th annual Academy Awards, a lot of strong fashion placements on the nominees, winners, and presenters will influence the fashion trends we see in jewelers stores, and on the streets every day. Here is a huge list of who wore what on the Red Carpet...
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and celebrities are America’s favorite past time what do you get when you put the two together? The answer is simple. A media frenzy ...
GIA has developed a much-needed machine to help detect if a diamond is natural, or possibly lab grown or treated. With the increase in synthetic (man-made, lab-grown) diamonds in the market place, some of which [...]
Designer Claudio Pino Catches Fire With 'Hunger Games' Jewelry If you ask us, the Hunger Games films are as much about style as story. So when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters on Nov. [...]
Masked thieves in black layers held up a jewelry boutique in Irving, CA, in full view of cameras. According to JCK magazine, on Nov. 17, seven armed robbers walked into an Irving, Calif., jewelry boutique [...]
On Nov. 7, 2013 three suspects robbed Atlanta fine jewelry store Elif Fine Jewelry by gunpoint. According to regional news website Atlanta INtown, the suspects wore masks and gloves and entered the shop at 10:50 [...]
The 20 ct. t.w. diamond engagement ring that Kris Humphries gave to Kim Kardashian reportedly is being auctioned by Christie’s New York on Oct. 15, 2013.
Kiplinger interviewed me for their article about buying a diamond. The article as edited is not entirely accurate, but at least I got some press. I helped them with all kinds of information, including many [...]
AGS Cut Grades Changing the Market AGS is soon changing the entire landscape for the diamond market, from cutters of the rough all the way up to the final consumer that wears the finished diamond [...]