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Aug. 12 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup  


This week: The long-awaited recession may not actually come. India flags issues with pearl imports. And Pandora introduces charms for pets. All below.


Signet to acquire Blue Nile for $360 million

– Gina Drosos discusses her plans

– Not all investors happy

– Avi Krawitz: Too much consolidation?

My thoughts


Signet’s lowered guidance shows “challenging environment”

– Stock falls


U.S. jewelry and watch sales growth hits two-year low

– Sherry Smith: Jewelry sales still show “momentum”


J.P. Morgan says recession fears “fading fast”

– Americans piling up credit card debt


Brilliant Earth sees strong second quarter

– Earnings call transcript


State Bank of India to finance lab-grown diamond companies


Indian lab-grown companies hope to grow domestic market


Interview with lab-grown company Plasmability


Diamond exploration hits a new low—even as rough prices soar


GCAL 8X cut grade now covers fancy shapes


GIA opening new lab in Dubai


Rapaport podcast on GIA going digital (audio)


Antwerp using blockchain to support artisanal diamond mining in Congo


India sees tax-evasion risk in pearl round-tripping


Sears Holdings reaches $175 million settlement with former owner Lampert


Richemont doesn’t want former Bulgari CEO Trapani on board

–  Richemont, Farfetch close to deal on YOOX Net-a-Porter


J.C. Penney appoints new chief financial officer


Martin Katz moves to penthouse


Tiffany unveils all-gender jewelry collection


The $260 Swatch-Omega MoonSwatch is reviving the budget brand


How Rolex became the golf world’s go-to watch brand


Parisian jewelry house introduces first mechanical watch


Pandora announces charms for pets


Facebook to shut down live shopping feature


Shopify sent workers on lavish trips before layoffs (Subscription required)


Cincinnati border protection seizes $6.88 million worth of counterfeit jewelry


Jeweler exposes cheating husband with subtle secret message


Sotheby’s auction to spotlight jewelry by famous artists


Elvis’ lost jewelry collection will go on the block


Frank Ocean selling—well, click and see


From the Blog

Blue Nile Surrenders to Signet

Interview With Gina Drosos About Signet’s Blue Nile Acquisition


From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 75: Secondhand Watches, Entering The Jewelry Industry, Showtime’s Diamond Documentary



Have a nice weekend!


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