Woolly mammoths and walruses and dinosaurs, oh my! Jewelry designer Monique Pean has carved out an interesting niche, literally -- she digs in the dirt for unique fossils--in the accessories market.

I am writing this blog post from the sunny lanai (fancy Florida word for what we just called a porch when I lived in Pittsburgh) of my parents’ house in Florida.

This past winter, one of my esteemed industry colleagues included a saying in one of his blogs that I had never heard before: If you really want to be wary of the mass media, read an article on a topic about which you are particularly well informed.

I ran a half-marathon Sunday and I did OK, considering the confluence of severe snowstorms and the flu that deterred my training.

I would like to clear up any confusion about a not-really-breaking news story that seems to have gotten new life lately following an article by The New York Times and the almighty online news machine, where stories get picked up and re-posted ad nauseam.

It’s been a long couple of weeks. I am exhausted from Basel and still in the midst of my not-very-well-thought-out Michelle-blogdecision to give up alcohol for Lent. What I wouldn’t give for a beer at dinner tonight or even right now; but I digress.

In early February, we ran a story about a new program called Sustainable in Style. Created by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based diamond company Avilan, the program pairs independents designers--Sofia Kaman, Toby Pomeroy and Megan Thorne among them--with Avilan’s “eco ethical” Storied Diamonds, which are recycled, or previously owned, stones.

When it comes to educational sessions at jewelry trade shows, I am usually in the audience, scribbling notes furiously for a future story.

When I arrived at work on Friday morning, a headline relating to the big news that has the industry buzzing--the pending merger of Signet and Zale--caught my eye immediately. “Signet to Buy Zale, Law Firms Cry Foul” it read, with the corresponding article going on to list five, just to “name a few,” law firms that are “investigating” the deal.

I have been in the same book club for six, going on seven, years. I think that’s pretty remarkable, or at least that’s what people tell me when I tell them about my book club.

Every month, our digital team sends web traffic statistics about National Jeweler: how many visitors we had and what the top content was for the month, both on the site and the 10X Blog, which is calculated separately.

I don’t know why but I’ve always been fascinated with demographics and the differences among the generations: what were the cultural influences that shaped the ideals of those in their 60s versus those in their 20s and 30s.

Much talk has arisen in the diamond industry about confronting the problem of lab-grown diamonds being mixed with natural, or mined, diamonds by naming and shaming--publicly calling out companies that are guilty of knowingly trying to pass off synthetic diamonds as natural.

Hannah and I were having a laugh last week about how the calendar date of Jan. 1 inspires people to vow to turn over a new leaf: they are going to lose weight, save more money, be a better all-around person.

Between what the retailers we interview tell us and our first holiday season poll, it looks like diamonds are going to do pretty well this season, which is not shocking. Solitaire pendants and diamond stud earrings are always popular gifts this time of year, and engagements are common as well.

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