Aug. 24 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup  

I’ll be on vacation next week, and this roundup will take the week off, too. We’ll pick up the conversation in September. Wishing everyone a great end of summer.

This week: The world’s weirdest luxury boutique. Big changes may be coming to the Apple Watch. And why some princesses don’t wear tiaras. All below.



Growth spurt: The man-made market is having a moment.

– Former Alrosa president is founder of lab-grown venture.

– New stories about lab diamonds on Geographical and Bloomberg (I’m quoted in the latter piece, though I would say my blog here has a more accurate version of my anecdote).

– The Federal Trade Commission is really into surveys.

– DDI: The FTC decision might hurt artisanal miners.


Watch-rental site Eleven James appears to have shut down.


Seven watch and jewelry brands team up with TrueFacet.

– Glossy calls this “a significant shift” for luxury.

– Pam Danziger: Why luxury sellers can’t ignore The RealReal.

– The most searched for brands on The RealReal.

– Victoria Gomelsky: Three lessons from Christie’s luxury handbag department.


Jewelers Mutual acquires shipper TransGuardian.


Centurion looks at women, harassment, and the jewelry industry.

– What it’s like to be black and work in fashion.


Andrea Hill: How do we introduce young people to the jewelry industry?

– Hill laments too little innovation in jewelry design.


Favorite jewelry looks from the Video Music Awards.


Can new CEO save Pandora?

– Pandora hires new China chief.


Worth-reading Time article on the sale of the Peace Diamond.


Rapaport examines proprietary diamond cuts.


Circa founder Del Gatto debuts diamond financing fund.


Indian diamantaires rebut rumors about Hong Kong company.


DOJ sues Ivanka Trump jewelry business partner.


Pravda Report exposé on alleged Graff connections.


Probe says Winsome Diamonds diverted its assets abroad.

– Owner’s Indian assets sold.


Indian authorities seek to extradite Nirav Modi from Britain.


India dealing in higher-value diamonds.

– Albert Robinson: India still not living up to potential.


Pulitzer Center looks at Central African Republic.


Dealers want diamond trading decriminalized in Lesotho.

– Lesotho mine makes another impressive diamond find.


Rio Tinto opens new diamond pipe in Canada.


GIA finds emerald made of glass.


Jewelers’ Security Alliance: Smash-and-grabs are the greatest threat to jewelers.


California jeweler pleads guilty to grand theft.


Jeweler closes after being in business for more than 200 years.


Sears closing 46 more stores.


Creel and Gow: The “weird” luxury boutique.


Luxury site Farfetch aims to go public.


Online start-ups that specialize in sustainable jewelry.


Royal Asscher opens a flagship boutique in Japan.


Which is better: Nordstrom or Macy’s?


Google going into brick and mortar.


Eli Avidar discusses


Apple Watch rumors: Biggest change ever?


CEO of Ulysse Nardin taking over Girard-Perregaux.


Jeweler Khosroff Adanalian dies.


Lawyer convicted in diamond resell scheme.


“Catwoman” Jocelyn Wildenstein sued for embezzling jewelry.


Washington Examiner slams Democrat for wearing a Rolex.


YouTube celeb makes anti-Semitic comments to owner of jewelry store.


J.Lo wore $2 million in diamonds.


Forevermark is all about the rhinos.


Arkansas man gives engagement ring to deserving couple.


People investigates why some princesses don’t wear tiaras.


Media Watch

New York Times Style Singapore on responsible sourcing and diamonds.

The Conversation takes a deeper look at diamonds.


From the Blog  

Growth Spurt: The Man-Made Market Is Having a Moment

The FTC Is Really Into Surveys. Is That a Good Thing?


Have a great weekend!


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