Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Dec. 9

He’s making the links, he’s checking them twice

This week: Discounts are terrible, but everyone does them. Are the heads of a jewelry chain possessed? Trump might end watch tradition. All below.

 

Pantone names Greenery the color of 2017.

 

American Gem Society appoints next CEO

Interview

 

The “changing landscape for independent jewelers”

 

Estate jewelry sales “are climbing.”

 

How luxury brands can revive their sales.

 

Department store guru calls discounts “a cancer”

– Lawsuit targets department stores over discounts

– Deals pick up as holiday nears

 

Endless Jewelry North and South America goes Chapter 7.

 

Judge overturns new overtime rule

 

Gold price manipulation lawsuit settled for $60 million

– Chinese consumers scoop up gold at bargain prices. 

 

Cartier sues jewelry company in counterfeiting suit

 

Possible Breitling sale has “curious” timing

 

Watches to be 10 percent “Swiss made” after new year

 

Switzerland increasingly buying back its own watches

 

TAG Heuer bucking downturn, expanding into new markets

 

Patek Philippe celebrates 20 years of iconic ad campaign.

 

Apple claims its smartwatch having “record sales”

 

The Pebble watch is dead.

 

Blue Nile did not receive any more takeover bids.

 

Sears lost $748 million in latest quarter

– Top executives leave company

 

Rio Tinto calls diamonds a “priority area.”

– What options does it have?

 

This Indian commercial on CVD diamonds is concerning the industry.

– Articles on lab-grown diamonds on CCTV America, NPR, and in the Omaha World-Herald.

 

De Beers pledges $5 million to expand Surat diamond grading center

– GIA offering melee synthetic screening 

 

The New York Times interviews new De Beers CEO

 

Avi Krawitz: The diamond industry “banks on legitimacy.”

 

Bloomberg: Why Modi’s not the industry’s best friend.

– Gemfields delays emerald auction due to Indian demonetization.

– Demonetization hurts Indian gold market

 

Botswana mine to lay off 450 workers

 

Environmental groups take De Beers to court over mercury.

 

Cameroon rejects diamond trafficking allegations.

 

Trial of Botswana diamond dealers coming up

 

Zimbabwe diamond production drops 62 percent.

 

South Africa State Diamond Trader gets new chief, replacing Abbey Chikane

 

Three charged in New Jersey jewel thefts

 

Toll Brothers includes height of Jeweler’s Row project

 

Christina Caruso named creative director of Judith Ripka Brands

 

Dione Kenyon elected GIA chair

 

MJSA appoints new chair

 

Rent the Runway opens first flagship

 

Hedge fund halves Signet Jewelers stake

 

Six reasons an analyst likes Tiffany

 

Colo. state rep says Zale management “possessed by demons”

 

Trump might end presidential watch tradition.

 

FLOTUS wore these pearl earrings to the Kennedy Center Honors.

 

Jeweler thanks soldier with free engagement ring

 

Lebanese bride covers herself in diamonds

 

Pandora apologizes for ring snub

 

Six myths about the Koh-i-Noor

 

Media Watch:

– Racked on buying jewelry online

– Interview with CEO of De Beers retail chain (video)

–  The New York Times retraces the 47th Street gold flake theft.

Glamour asks: Would you wear an engagement watch?

 

From the Blog:

Interview With the Incoming and Outgoing CEOs of the American Gem Society

This Indian Commercial on CVD Diamonds Is Concerning the Industry

 

 

 

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