Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week: Site warns consumers away from buying jewelry on Amazon. Kay’s commercial makes blogger feel violent. Designer pickets her family’s jewelry store. All below.


Jewelry sales will see healthy gains on Valentine’s Day.

– Yahoo: Searches for earrings, watches spike.

– Overstock lists most-sought-after items.

– Eight surprising facts about Valentine’s Day sales.


Gizmodo says: Don’t buy jewelry on Amazon.

– Site offers free one-day shipping on jewelry.

– Company set to hire thousands.


Jewelry trade will become more consolidated, but more fashionable, consultants say.


The falling marriage rate and our industry.

– The new job title: proposal planner.

– British women now splitting cost of engagement ring.


Ben Janowski on man-made diamonds, recycled diamonds, reluctant banks, and income inequality.


De Beers sees U.S. diamond demand increasing.


Will diamond miners consolidate?


Chinese demand may boost gold price.

– Gold rises above $1,300.


Tiffany CEO: Alaska gold mine is potential “disaster.”


Edahn Golan: Debunking fallacies about the diamond business.


Antwerp holds second Zimbabwe diamond auction.

– Marange production “could be short-lived.”


Imports to Surat SEZ banned.


Science teacher makes custom lab-grown diamonds.


Two 160 ct. diamonds found at mine.


29 ct. blue diamond sells for $25 million.


1,000 ct. diamond found in Sierra Leone is a fake.


Four charged with string of smash-and-grabs.


Member of “Pink Panther” theft gang arrested.


Bangkok show says unrest doesn’t affect it.


More than 20 percent of retail workers dislike jobs, seeking new ones


J.C. Penney land deal could net $200 million.


Patek Philippe pays record price for London store.


Bulgari settles tax case for $57 million.


Overstock sues Nomorerack for trademark infringement.


How Nordstrom uses social media.


Pantone debuts fall color report.


Lashbook buys assets of Fable Designs.


Jos. A. Bank buying Eddie Bauer.


Jewelers Closing:

Bill Brough Jewelers in Northampton, Mass.

Stinson Howard Fine Jewelry in Oxford, Ala.

Gene the Jeweler in Paris, Texas


Jewelers Opening:

Lao Feng Xiang Jewelry in New York City


California jeweler Lenny Friedman dies at 95.


Signet CEO gets long-term contract.


J.C. Penney makes two big hires.


Fruchtman Marketing promotes, adds staff.


Origami Owl appoints two top officers.


Jewelers unBLOCKed hires marketing director.


Gilt Groupe cofounder headlines WJA conference.


Man declares love for wife on jeweler’s billboard.


Kay Jewelers’ adoption commercial offends bloggers in The Huffington Post and Babble (and commenters to the last piece don’t agree).

The Daily Mail covers controversy.

– Another Kay commercial makes writer “want to punch society in the face” (over texting).


Forevermark plans grading lab in India.


Lloyd’s of London profiles its diamond insurer.

– Jewelry insurance claims increasing.


Tucson gem shows saluted on House floor.


Drake defends himself against jeweler’s lawsuit.


Laura Buccellati pickets family’s jewelry store.


Gingrinches return to Tiffany. Apparently they like it there.


Australian jeweler accepts Bitcoin.


Some “diamond candles” have actual diamonds in them.


Literary jewelry for nerds.


Couple patents fingerprint jewelry.


Media Watch:

– The Washington Post on the history of “A Diamond Is Forever.”

The Huffington Post has an engagement ring infographic and story on offbeat engagement rings.

GQ on buying an engagement ring.

The Denver Post is okay with used engagement rings.

– Motley Fool judges public jewelry retailers.

– Yahoo Finance on diamond alternatives, doesn’t really use the word synthetic properly.

 CNN on the diamond market. (video)

– This article on Jezebel on chocolate diamonds rambles and is not the greatest, but all of us at JCK are happy that Bill Furman got a shout-out.

– Edward Jay Epstein talks diamonds on a syndicated radio show. (audio)

– Marketwatch on finding conflict-free diamonds. (Some of the same information is used in this International Business Times article, which also examimes chocolate.)

– Indian news service on blood diamonds.

– Michigan Fox affiliate on “overcoming the diamond’s dark past.”

– Greenbiz: Jewelry market is getting greener.

– Reference to blood diamonds (not really) in Chicago Tribune stand-up column. Some of the other jokes are funny.

– Philly blog on Steven Singer and his “shock” marketing.


From the blog:

The New Job Title: Proposal Planner

The Falling Marriage Rate and Our Industry

From JCK:

My article on jewelry auctions


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