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Aug. 4 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup


This week: Walmart is putting advertising in store aisles. A nasty fight takes place in Diamond District store. And Kelly Clarkson wants diamonds thrown at her. All below.


How the recession doomers got the U.S. economy so wrong


The ultra-wealthy have never been richer and they’re spending like crazy

– Pam Danziger: Luxury customers putting purchases “on hold”


Retail rents rise in second quarter


Walmart adds advertising in store aisles


Kering-Valentino deal helps reignite luxury M&A market


Diamond prices plummet in “difficult market”

– De Beers faces “next quartz crisis” (subscription)


Botswana plans new sales channel

– Next for De Beers: a Namibia deal


Insurance companies think lab-grown diamonds are a “risk headache”


No pay disparity between lab-grown and natural diamond polishers


Angry letters show tensions between Indian bourses


555 ct. black diamond bought with misappropriated funds, says SEC


Over $10 million in jewels stolen from Paris Piaget


How a GPS-enabled Rolex led to the capture of a robbery crew


The great Rolex recession is here

– Discontinued Daytonas helping Rolex prices

– Second-hand watch prices slump to two-year low


Aurate partnering with Helzberg on collection


John Hardy appoints new president and CEO

– Reed Krakoff’s first John Hardy collection is here


IGI names new director of operations and business development


Lagos promotes Amanda Willinger to chief revenue officer


Brosway Italia hires two U.S. VPs


Macy’s supply chain officer steps down


Interview with new Smithsonian gems curator

– NPR interviews retiring curator Jeffrey Post (as does JCK)


How green is your watchmaker?


Hermès has $1 billion in watch sales in its sights


“How culture drives the Swiss watch industry” (subscription)


Tiffany lands on NRF’s list of fastest-growing retailers


Jesper Nielsen claims Pandora owes him money (translation)


Customer flabbergasted at eco-impact of jewelry packaging


Colonial diamonds overshadow Tower of London’s most interesting objects


“Beefy brawlers” get into fight in Diamond District store


New laser slicing technique for diamond semiconductors


Anti-counterfeiting tech draws on unique qualities of micro-diamonds


Drake bought Tupac’s ring for $1.01 million

– It’s Drake’s latest auction win


Kelly Clarkson says you can throw diamonds at her (but that’s it)


Which Sex and the City engagement ring was the most expensive?


From the Podcast     

The Jewelry District, Episode 101: Guest Jeffrey Post


Have a great weekend!


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By: Rob Bates

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