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A roundup of trends and news in the diamond industry.
August 19, 2014
Perhaps De Beers’ new venture into secondhand diamond dealing is, as it claims, simply a way to learn more about the diamond trade-in market. But setting up a four-person lab in New York City, a...
August 18, 2014
Diamonds are often pilloried as a manufactured product, but sometimes the industry trends that capture the public’s imagination spring up organically. The trade didn’t invent the term bling, or...
August 15, 2014
This week: A new California gold rush. Who sparked the “ring selfie” craze? The world’s most disgusting diamond fact. All below. Pandora signs deal with Disney, nixes deal with ...
August 15, 2014
For most of its history, Blue Nile’s business has been built on value-priced diamond engagement rings, backed by solid service and fast shipping. This has brought the Seattle e-tailer great success—...
August 13, 2014
Anna Martin’s departure from Standard Chartered Bank was bound to raise questions about the bank’s commitment to the diamond business, given how many banks have stopped lending to the...
August 8, 2014
This week: Retail supercenters are dying. The man with the shirt of gold. What drives the gold price? All below. Anna Martin leaves Standard Chartered Bank, joins GIA. ...
August 8, 2014
Everyone who works in a customer-facing business should listen to the viral audio of a tech writer who calls Comcast and tries—in vain—to cancel his Internet service. During the eight-minute call, we...
August 6, 2014
Harry Levy, president of the London Diamond Bourse and numerous other groups, writes in with the following comments on my post from last week on whether lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds:...
August 1, 2014
This week: Analyst predicts end of Wal-Mart, Target. Is silver price rigged? Watch can prevent traffic accidents. All below. Today targets lead glass–filled rubies.- Atlanta TV station...
July 31, 2014
Robert Hanson, the former head of American Eagle who became CEO of John Hardy following its purchase by private equity fund Catterton Partners, talked with JCK yesterday about his plans for the brand...
July 30, 2014
The United States and the European Union announced new sanctions on Russia yesterday, and diamond-industry people were relieved to see that Russian producer Alrosa wasn’t on the list.
July 25, 2014
On Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., at the JA Summer show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, I will be moderating a panel on social issues in the diamond industry, sponsored by the Diamond...
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