Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week … Bodyguard may have stolen diamonds from Sultan of Brunei … How do people dispose of stolen gems? … Will gold head back up to $1,600? … All below …

 

Scott Kay appoints David Yurman vet as CEO.

 

Jean-Marc Lieberherr to head Rio diamond division.

 

GIA begins search for new head.

 

Birks stores get name change.

– Company announces new financing.

 

Pandora revenue rises 55 percent.

 

J.C. Penney sales “on the upswing.”

– Board squabble ends with Ackman resignation.

– Board “surprisingly calm.”

 

Lab finds new batch of undisclosed synthetics.

– Talk of synthetics being a $1 billion business.

– Edahn Golan: Are the worries justified?

– Winsome Diamonds hopes to sell more lab-grown diamonds. Where will they will get them?

My thoughts.

 

Charles & Colvard earning call transcript.

 

Apple swartwatch could hurt watch business, study says.

– Samsung may introduce smartwatch next month.

 

Gmail, inboxes and the jewelry business.

– Tiffany tops social engagement list.

 

U.S. demand for gold jewelry increases.

– Gold price decline “felt around the world.”

– Forecaster sees it heading back up to $1,600.

 

India show “meets low expectations.”

 

Chaim Even-Zohar tries to untangle Polar Ice bankruptcy. ($)

 

Gitanjali sales up, revenue down.

– Stock reverses; now there are only buyers.

 

India may house many diamond mines.

 

Look at Angolan president’s daughter and her ties to diamond industry.

– Rights group says journalist’s charges may be dropped.

 

Angola calls for increase in diamond production.

 

Sierra Leone diamond exports up in first half.

 

Avi Krawitz on Chow Tai Fook and the diamond industry.

– More Chinese looking at jade.

 

Tiffany keeps dividend steady.

 

Former De Beers co-CEO to head Firestone Diamonds.

 

Mason Kay founder Leon Mason dies.

 

A look at what happens to stolen gems.

– “Think like a thief.”

 

Montana woman charged with selling diamonds as moissanite.

 

Bodyguard may have stolen diamonds from Sultan of Brunei.

 

A lot of jewelry robberies in posh NYC apartment building.

Inside job?

 

Physicists levitate tiny diamonds in experiment.

– Diamonds help in tracking stem cells.

 

Michelle Graff is into oval shapes.

 

Bob Dylan songs that reference diamonds or jewelry.

 

Madonna wears diamond “grill” on her teeth.   

 

From the Blog:

The New World of Natural and Synthetic Diamonds.

Gmail, Inboxes, and the Jewelry Business.

 

Media Watch:

– BBC looks at how Botswana has been effected by De Beers move.

– Huffington Post explores non-diamond engagement rings. (Related video.) Also talks to guy who got three engagement rings and talks about how diamond mining can be force for good.

 

Have a great weekend …

 

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