Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week: Who pays for The Bachelorette’s ring? New concerns over HPHT. Woman finds $40,000 diamond on the floor. All below:


Bidz ceases operations, to liquidate.


JCK show to retain four-day format.


TAG Heuer exec defects to Apple.

– Smartwatches must respect the women’s market, execs say.

– Industry needs a Nick Hayek.

– My thoughts on the iWatch and its place in the industry.


Former Alex and Ani CEO buys BENRUS watch brand.


Birks looks to open U.S. stores.

– Newspaper ranks the Birks box vs. Tiffany’s.


Michael Hill U.S. comps rise 5.8 percent.


Palladium prices hit 13-year high.


Same-sex marriage opportunities for jewelers.


Women “buying their own diamonds.”


S&P Capital IQ “positive about jewelry stocks.”

– Signet Jewelers stock up 20 percent this year.


One man’s search for an ethical diamond ring.


Consumers provide opinions about lab-grown diamonds.


De Beers sends out melee screener to sightholders.


New concerns over undisclosed HPHT treatments.


Indian manufacturers upset about GIA delays.


De Beers nearly done probing leak of price book.


Rosy Blue slams false reports of CEO arrest.


De Beers market share set to rebound.

– Sells stake in empowerment company.


Namibia wants to sell more gems independently.

The Namibian puts De Beers on notice.


Rapaport editorial in favor of Diamond Development Initiative.


Former Zimbabwe mining minister Mpofu accused of seeking bribe.  


Marange deposits run out.

– Nation hasn’t benefited.

– Chinese diamond miner raised havoc, newspaper says.

– Government, miners clash over relocation.

– Students living near Murowa hospitalized after blast.


Ivory Coast opened for diamond business after sanctions lifted.


New Quebec mine “glimmer of hope” for Canadian mining business.

– Quebec becomes sixth largest diamond producer.

– Canadian women say mines take their men away.


Dominion buys greater stake in Ekati.


Tribes support EPA in Pebble Mine dispute.


New train route “gives boost” to Surat.


Reserve Bank of India extends credit times for diamond imports.


India levies new duty on “broken” gems.

– Industry disappointed with budget proposals.


Indian jewelry stocks tank.


Chow Tai Fook sales decline 32 percent.


Chinese diamond boss warns workers against pro-democracy movement.


HSN appoints Bill Brand president.


WhitePine hires Dominic Mainella.


Emmy Kondo joins World Gold Council.


Former J.C. Penney CEO says he was “terrible fit” for company.


Tiffany begins global ad agency review.


Blue Nile sued for carrying “hearts and arrows” cushions and princesses.


Genesis Diamonds dismisses defamation lawsuit.


Sotheby’s expects record price for world’s most famous watch.


World’s largest faceted sapphire to be sold.


Lucapa recovers Type IIa diamonds.

– Farmer’s bet on diamonds pays off.


De Beers using driverless trucks in South African mine.


The jewelry-making NGO.


$40,000 diamond ring found on floor.


Sky diver bestows diamond ring in mid-air.


Cancer patient loses ring from mother’s ashes.


Diamond found in bag of goldfish crackers.


Diamonds may help with explosives.


Who pays for The Bachelorette’s engagement ring?


Media Watch:

ITV profiles local “diamond geezers.”

Wall Street Journal: Diamonds “regain their sparkle.”

The Stir on male engagement rings.

Guardianlv.com on selling gold jewelry.

The Economist on Marie Antoinette’s diamond necklace affair.

Slate on jewelry in the Gilded Age.


 From the Blog:

Why the iWatch May Be More Beneficial to the Industry Than Previously Thought.

One Man’s Search for an Ethical Diamond Ring.



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