All week my best friend, who is six months pregnant and pretty much confined to her home due to the 90-degree-plus heat, has been eagerly texting me links to stories that have been published online following The New York Times article on the workplace culture at Amazon.

Did you know the expression “There is nothing new under the sun” is from the Bible? I didn’t—or perhaps had forgotten this fact—until I started working on this particular post.

Every so often, we get wind of a big diamond find down at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, the most recent of which came in late June. An amateur prospector from Colorado uncovered a beautiful 8.52-carat white rough diamond and the story, as Crater stories usually do, ranked among National Jeweler’s most-read articles for the week.

I apologize for this blog being a little late. The exact halfway point of the year technically was about a month ago.

Earlier this summer, World Federation of Diamond Bourses President Ernie Blom announced that his organization, along with the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association, had drafted and signed a new policy on an issue that’s top-of-mind for retailers today: diamond color grading.

Immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that same-sex marriage was legal across all 50 states, reports began popping up about the increase in business jewelers could expect from this historic decision that, in my opinion, was long overdue.

I was on the phone Tuesday morning with someone in the industry who mentioned that he had recently seen a live stage version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a British radio-cum-TV improvisational sketch comedy show that also had a run in the United States.

Covering trends and new designers isn’t something I get to do a lot of here. It is not really my beat, so to speak.

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