Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

First, a little self-promotion: On Oct. 3, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Diamond Dealers Club of New York, I’ll be moderating the Natural Colored Diamond Association Brown Diamond Conference. Panelists include Thomas Gelb, director of education for NCDIA; Wuyi Wang of GIA; Eddie LeVian of LeVian Jewelry; Surbhi Pandya of YNY Jewels; and Gary A. Roskin, GG, FG, of Roskin Gem News. Admission is free; more information here.

This week …  HuffPo Divorce calls jeweler’s ad “obnoxious” … Jimmy Kimmell bought wedding ring at Costco … Should there be a union for fashion models?… All below …


Saks appoints new president.


GemTV acquired.


Forecast predicts earlier, better holiday season.


Jewelry Exchange’s August comps up 7.3%.


Gold price surges after Fed announcement.


Venture plans to mass produce diamonds in China.


China’s diamond market tripled over last five years.


Survey finds men open to “mangagement rings.”


Analyst: Smartwatches and regular watches will “coexist.”

– Some interesting facts about the Samsung smartwatch.


Pinterest: Brick and mortar’s best friend?


Online sales tax bill hopes revived in House.


NRF asks court to drop retailers from Dodd-Frank.


Mystery shopping: Asking about conflict diamonds.


EU to drop sanctions against Zimbabwe diamond company.

– NGOs condemn.


Zim newspaper declares “victory” over Kimberley Process.


Anglo American withdraws from controversial gold mine.


How mercury poisons gold miners.


Fashion models looking into starting union.


Edahn Golan on De Beers’ move to Botswana.


Alluvial mine yields four 100-ct. plus diamonds.


They Like Us, They Really Like Us!

– Analysts like Blue Nile.

– Investing Daily likes Zale.

– SeekingAlpha likes Tiffany and Signet and Charles and Colvard.


Birks & Mayors completes new financing.


Legendary watchmaker Dominique Loiseau dies.


Jeweler’s prosecution for killing thief raises controversy in France.


Trollbeads opens Manhattan retail store.


Former Winston CEO de Narp going to Bally.  


Magic Johnson to keynote AGS Conclave.


Christie’s auctioning Kim Kardashian’s 20 ct. ring, reports say.


Chrissy Teigen shows off diamond ring.


Jimmy Kimmell bought wedding ring at Costco.


HuffPo Divorce hates one jewelry store sign.


Study finds diamonds “grow like trees.”


Diamonds may help with dental implants.


Media Watch:

 Providence Business News likes Alex and Ani.


From the Blog:

Pinterest: Brick and Mortar’s Best Friend?

Mystery Shopping: What Happened When I Asked About Conflict Diamonds.


From JCK:

Article on online sales tax.


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