Diamond Shavings: Your (Black) Friday Web Roundup, Week of Nov. 28

This week: Woman works seven decades at same jewelry store. Iowa jeweler’s immigration battle. And, you can get watches with Napoleon’s hair. All below.


Daniel’s Jewelers acquired by private equity firm.

– Can it revive the national credit jeweler?


Signet becomes De Beers sightholder, rolls out redesigned Kay stores.

– Conference call transcript.


Tiffany’s sales rise, with gold hot, but silver not.

– Conference call transcript.

– Rich Americans ride to its rescue.

– Stock takes a hit.

– Analyst roundup.


Jewelry most heavily discounted category on Black Friday.

– “Black Friday is overrated—and always was.”

– Ferguson, Mo., protestors call for boycott.


Fraudsters impersonating jewelry vendors, JSA warns.


HSBC whistleblower says he has the goods on Antwerp.


Ohio jeweler arrested for ring theft.


Sotheby’s CEO steps down following activist fight.


Tiffany CEO will become an environmental activist upon retirement.


$5 million red diamond sets world auction record.


EGL USA launching diamond trading service.


Australian association issues list of “approved” grading labs.


Luxury watchmakers target pirate watch faces.

– National Jeweler investigates further.


Counterfeit watches get better at tricking people.


Fashion brands increasingly look toward the wrist.


Sony developing watch made out of electronic paper.


Website Fab.com in talks to be sold.

– “Not as bad as it seems.”


Amazon signs lease for New York City store.


David Yurman opens Soho boutique.


Kay Jewelers hit with proposed suit over disabled access.

Sterling Jewelers employee sued over undelivered rings.


Chow Tai Fook hit by Hong Kong protests.


Enough Project happy with Signet and Tiffany.


Rebels retain control of diamond mine in Central African Republic.


EPA action against Pebble mine halted.


Alrosa profits fall 44 percent.

– Russia-India trade will be helped by Mumbai hub.


De Beers still not entering industry financing.


Cartier heist sparks police chase, hostage capture.


Iowa jeweler locked in immigration battle.


Kansas jeweler flies flag upside down to protest surveillance.


Woman works 75 years at the same jewelry store.


Turquoise “more valuable than diamonds,” Smithsonian says.


Dubai to make world’s longest gold chain.


Mummy wearing jewelry discovered in Egypt.


Jennifer Lopez uses diamonds to exfoliate.


Benedict Cumberbatch gets ring from Tiffany.


Princess Margaret’s jewelry on sale at Bonhams.


Watches to be made with bits of Napoleon’s hair.


Manhattan Chamber of Commerce names Myron Toback retailer of the year.


Ten really bad marriage proposals.


Media Watch:

Local New York station on lab-created diamonds.

The Guardian on how to buy an engagement ring.

Huffington Post runs advertorial (basically) for pre-owned engagement rings.

Mic doesn’t like engagement rings.

Florida newspaper thinks engagement rings “can mean bad things.”

The Telegraph on men’s jewelry.

The Telegraph talks to Bulgari heir, who doesn’t like Elizabeth Taylor.


From the blog:

Jewelry Most Heavily Discounted Category on Black Friday, Survey Says

Can Daniel’s Jewelers Bring Back the National Credit Jeweler?



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