Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Dec. 2

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This week: eBay sold watches every three seconds on Black Friday. Pandora gets a new ad agency. Zales ad proves controversial. All below.

 

Jewelers say holiday season off to strong smart

 – eBay sells watch every three seconds

– Online sales shatter expectations.

– Did retailers botch it?

 

In reversal, Tiffany & Co.’s sales rise.

– Brand remains strong, analysts say

– Faces “laundry list of unknowns”

– Earnings call transcript

– Debuts holiday windows

 

Tacori names new CEO

 

It may not be the end for Endless Jewelry.

 

Breitling considering sale, report says

 

Bernheim Brothers buy Luminox

 

At least seven companies looked into buying Blue Nile.

– Interviews with CEO Harvey Kanter on Fox Business and CNBC (video)

 

Richemont watchmaking job cuts “send shock waves”

 

Wal-Mart selling $18,000 Cartier watch

– Cartier distances itself.

 

Fitbit close to buying Pebble, reports say

 

Pandora picks McCann London for global campaign.

 

ABN Amro: Diamond market outlook is improving.

– Antwerp hosts talks on financing.

 

Ban on cash payments hurting Surat 

– Small diamond businesses shut.

– Diamond factories extend vacation.

 

Shrenuj gets $100 million in funding.

 

Will Sarine’s new machines change diamond grading?

 

Diavik lays off 51 employees.

– Chamber of Mines still optimistic

 

Lukoil sells its diamond business.

 

Rockwell Diamonds selling two mines

 

PAC: Cameroon now a hub for conflict diamonds

 

Muhammad Ali’s daughter shows off 6.28 ct. lab-grown stone

– Articles on lab-growns in NPR and Chicago Tribune

 

Three Stuller employees react to “Real Is Rare.”

 

NCDIA elects Alan Bronstein president.

 

Douglas Menefee joins Stuller.

 

Aurélie Bidermann takes creative helm of Poiray ($)

 

Former Rockwell Diamonds CEO joins Botswana Diamonds

 

Aaron Friedman dies.

 

Alabama ex-jeweler going to jail

– So is jeweler in Lyndhurst, N.J.

 

Diamonds International opens shop-in-shop at Disney World

 

Zales ad with lesbian couple proves controversial.

 

Millennial shoppers love J.C. Penney.

 

Yoox Net-a-Porter expands into Middle East

 

Jewelers for Children to honor Yancy Weinrich, Charles Stanley

 

Kristin Chenoweth to headline 24 Karat Club banquet

 

Oaktree may buy De Beers headquarters.

 

Diamond dealer strikes it big with humus bowls

 

Thief makes off with bucket of gold flakes

 

Man finds $3.7 million in gold in Normandy house

 

Woman finds engagement ring after two-hour search through trash

 

Radioactive diamonds may lead to longer-lasting batteries.

 

Media Watch:

– FT: Why jewelers are developing new cuts for diamonds

Australian Financial Review talks to Laurence Graff ($)

South China Morning Post on gem craftsmanship

The Courier Mail runs article (moissanite advertorial?) on engagement rings

The Boston Globe has tips on picking the perfect engagement ring.

 

From the Blog:

Will Sarine’s New Machines Change Grading?

At Least Seven Companies Looked Into Buying Blue Nile

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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