Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of April 15

Live from AGS edition

This week. Designers rebel against consignment. A con job in the Indian diamond market. Praise for another Pandora Mother’s Day spot. All below.

 

David Minster becomes CEO of Judith Ripka’s wholesale division.

 

Court cancels accidental bargain price for 20 ct. diamond.

 

Tiffany to sell on Net-a-Porter.

 

Peter Smith: What will become of retail jewelry stores? (Well worth reading.)

 

Wendy Brandes takes stand against consignment. (Also worth reading.)

 

What do millennials want from luxury watches and jewelry?

 

The war of words between Rapaport and Diamond Foundry.

– SeekingAlpha sees investment opportunities in synthetic diamonds.

– Scio back at full production.

– Ron Samuelson offers retail perspective.

 

De Beers sees higher diamond demand.

– SeekingAlpha sees market rebound.

– Market staying in balance.

 

Mumbai diamond exporter has big debts.

– Woman trader cons Indian diamond dealers.

 

Swiss watchmakers hope bottom is reached.

 

Apple Watch to see “major design changes” by 2017.

– 40 percent thinner?

– Analyst sees declining sales.

– Many think it’s a flop.

– Why people aren’t buying it.

– It’s a hit in medical market.

– How wearers use it.

 

Bulgari’s mechanical smartwatch.

– Company sees improvement in second half of the year.

 

Forbes reviews jewelry e-tailers.

 

Charm wars update.

 

Reports from AGS

Colin Powell’s speech.

Six takeaways from bridal panel.

Awards given out.

 

Stephane Barraque joins Hearts On Fire.

 

Seth Pepkin joins White Pine Trading.

 

Dominion Diamond appoints new chairman.

– Reports surprise fourth quarter loss.

 

Indian jewelers end 42-day strike.

 

IDI ceases publication of Hayahalom.

 

Antwerp issues alert over fake Kimberley Process certificate.

 

$13 billion missing from Zimbabwe gem field.

 

Diamond “fraudsters” operating in London.

 

Report: De Blasio donors involved in lawsuit with Leviev.

 

West Virginia couple claims jeweler lost engagement ring.

 

Signet examining real estate options for Zale.

 

De Beers (retail) gets involved with wedding planning.

 

Pandora’s Mother’s Day ad “top spot of the week.”

 

Brian Gavin’s Meet the Diamonds page.

 

Jewelry combines diamonds and dinosaur fossils.

 

A 20 ct. diamond “crossover” ring.

 

Antiquorum to auction watch once owned by Elvis Presley.

 

Viral Facebook post defends small engagement ring.

 

Gem diamonds grow from same source as fibrous ones.

 

Media Watch:

Quartz on buying an ethical diamond.

The National on ethical gold.

CNBC Africa looks at what’s next for Jwaneng.

 

From the Blog:

Charm Wars Update

The War of Words Between Rapaport and Diamond Foundry

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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