Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week: Man finds diamond ring in salad, Chinese couples enter kissing contest to win a ring, Neiman Marcus took six months to discover data breach. All below …

 

Pandora says revenue grew 35 percent over last year.

 

Birks “disappointed” by holiday sales.

 

J.C. Penney closes 33 stores, lays off 2,000.

– Brings back commissions.

 

December retail sales “solid.”

 

Neiman Marcus’ customers’ credit cards hacked.

– Breach went undetected from July to December.

– More retailers may have been breached.

– Security breaches may be “just beginning.”

– Neiman, Target hacks spur probes and lawsuits.

– Should laws require consumers be told?

 

Five things I learned from Zale’s and Signet’s investor presentations.

 

AGS sets up lab-within-a-lab for Forevermark.

 

GIA pays Lazare Kaplan $15 million in lawsuit settlement.

 

India to develop different codes for natural and synthetic diamonds.

– Israel wants no trade in synthetic diamonds.

– Michelle Graff: The misrepresenters have no shame.

 

Lenders serve legal notice on Winsome Diamonds.

– Edahn Golan: “Everyone stands to lose” in Winsome saga.

 

Indian industry cuts 15 percent of work force.

– More women become polishers.

 

First interview with new De Beers sales VP.

 

De Beers buys domain “For You Forever.”

 

A Very Golden Globes

Industry pleased with all the jewelry worn.

The big list: Who wore what.

– Other roundups from National Jeweler, The Hollywood Reporter, Idex, PriceScope.

 

Analysts see gold going 14 percent lower.

– Deutsche Bank resigns from gold price setting.

 

Cool jewelry-related items at the CES Show.

Business Insider bullish on smartwatches.

 

SeekingAlpha: Blue Nile’s greatest threat is Amazon.

– Website helps men buy jewelry.

 

Groupon buys flash e-tailer Ideeli.

 

Yelpers’ identities must be revealed, court says.

 

Overstock.com says Bitcoin a hit with customers.

– Verichannel develops Bitcoin program for jewelers.

 

Will Walmart overtake Amazon as No. 1 e-tailer?

 

Number of weddings to rise in 2014.

 

Big retailers’ goals for the year ahead.

 

24 Karat: The Weekend in Review

Diamond Empowerment Fund GOOD Awards

Jewelers Vigilance Committee luncheon

JIC’s GEM Awards

Jewelers’ Security Alliance luncheon

Michael Bolton

 

Herschel Hiat joins Firestar.

 

Dallas jeweler Charles Yater dies.

 

Cindy Davis of Skaneateles Jewelry dies.

 

Gang confesses to 2009 home invasion of jeweler. Crazy story.

 

Guilty-pleading jeweler warns others on YouTube.

 

New Jersey jeweler charged with theft by deception.

 

Head of diamond mining company pleads guilty to tax evasion.

 

Avi Krawitz: Diamond miners treading a fine line.

 

Diamond mining set to boom (in Australia).

 

Massive new diamond find in Zimbabwe.

 

“Seeds of genocide” in Central African Republic?

 

Kimberley Process called “difficult to reform.”

 

De Beers starts environmental studies at Canadian mine.

 

Canadian diamond factories still empty.

 

Dominion reports on mine production.

 

Angola to reopen idle mines.

 

Pebble mine called “high risk” by EPA.

 

GIA to start courses in Jordan.

 

Richemont targets Indian market.

– Third quarter sales fall short.

 

Movie being made about Tiffany.

 

Jessica and Ashlee Simpson both get Neil Lane rings.

 

Diamond coating could restore sight to the blind.

 

The man who transforms corpses into diamonds.

 

Baby teeth jewelry new big thing.

 

Cop finds diamond ring in his salad.

– Another found in frozen pipes.

– And another tale of a lost ring.

 

Chinese kissing contest to win diamond rings.

 

Media Watch:  

 Andrew Sullivan’s blog debates the pros and cons of engagement rings.

– Powerline blog disses the diamond industry.

– BuzzFeed calls diamonds a “waste of money.”

The New Yorker profiles a diamond cutter.

Nightline looks at Colombian emeralds.

 

From the blog:

5 Things I Learned From Zale’s and Signet’s Investor Presentations

AGS Sets Up Lab-Within-a-Lab for Forevermark

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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