Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Jan. 13

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This week: More store closings at J.C. Penney. Magic Johnson sues his jeweler. What it’s like to wear diamond headphones. All below.

Richline Group acquires The Aaron Group.

Signet’s holiday comps sink.

– Should Signet have purchased Zale?

Birks’ U.S. comps jump 16 percent.

Michael Hill’s U.S. comps sink 8.8 percent.

Jewelry scores at Macy’s, J.C. Penney.

– Penney chairman sees more store closings.

Michelle Graff: Three retail predictions for 2017.

– Retail sales rise 0.6 percent over holiday.

– Why retail still looks shaky this year.

Pandora acquires 18 more franchise stores.

Tourneau looking for buyer, report says.

Ben Moss Jewellers reopening.

The Limited shuts all its stores.

– Why its time ran out.

Inside Sears’ death spiral.

Neiman Marcus says no to IPO.

Meet the Netflix of watches.

Is the worst over for watches?

– Patek Philippe CEO warns industry: Slow down.

5 new and notable wearables from CES.

– Smartwatches can detect illness, diabetes, disease.

eBay launching new program to authenticate luxury items.

Sotheby’s combines luxury categories into one unit.

CNBC: Scarier world “makes gold more appealing.”

Undisclosed synthetic diamonds “reaching epidemic levels.”

Indian commodity exchange to debut diamond futures.

Diamond prices decline amid Indian liquidity crisis.

Still lots of child labor in Congo diamond business.

– DRC company denies it has recovered a large diamond.

Richline supports conflict minerals provision.

CFO, SVP of merchandising leave Samuels.

Steve Larkin leaves Charles & Colvard.

Interview with De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver.

Former Salus head starts new retail lending firm.

Newport Beach, Calif., jeweler sentenced for stone-switching.

Lawsuit says Reeds let sailors get ripped off.

Magic Johnson sues jeweler over necklace.

Seventeen arrested for Kim Kardashian jewel theft.

– Among those arrested: her chauffeur.

– She probably won’t see jewels again.

Ivanka Trump resigns from fashion brand.

Golden Globes: jewelry roundups from JCK, Popsugar, Vogue.

How Kayne West’s “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” got political.

Jim Jones warns Ben Baller about something.

Drake gives Jennifer Lopez a $100,000 diamond necklace.

“Dummy” engagement rings on the rise.

Cartier debuts watch with no hands.

Swiss watch made out of Swiss cheese.

Wearable gauges how intoxicated you are.

What $100,000 diamond headphones sound like.

Media Watch

Eluxe on ethical jewelry.

Al Arabiya on Israel and Congo.

The Economist praises artisanal miners.

Business Insider on how to spot a fake diamond.

Vogue on Diamond Foundry’s new partnership.

From the Blog:

Meet the Netflix of Watches

Should Signet Have Purchased Zale?

Have a great 24 Karat weekend!

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