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.

I was just looking at my credit card accounts online--a dangerous venture at this time of the year--trying to add up just how much I’ve spent shopping on my iPad over the past five months. The answer is quite a bit.

It seems hard to believe considering that I feel like I am still new to New York, but this year marks my seventh straight calling retailers first thing on Monday morning to ask them how their weekend sales were.

Many people in the jewelry industry are familiar with the big Red Book, the annual publication of the Jewelers Board of Trade that serves as the credit bible, so to speak, for the jewelry industry.

As you might have already noticed, National Jeweler has a new look.

I’ve been reading all the reports this week about the next trade “crisis,” the apparently large volumes of undisclosed synthetic melee being mixed in with batches of natural diamonds.

I recently spent 48 hours in the City of Light with Mauboussin, visiting several of the brand’s stores, attending a launch party for its new collections and squeezing in a little sightseeing on the side.

I went to Duane Reade during my lunch break Wednesday and was a bit startled to see a spinning rack of Halloween cards near the front of the store. It’s only the beginning of September, I thought. We just said goodbye to summer. Halloween is more than a month off, and I am just not ready for this.

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