Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week … A legend in the emerald business dies …  J.C. Penney’s new jewelry tack … The ring behind Lord of the Rings… All below …

 

Interview with Signet CEO Mchael Barnes.

 

Harry Winston CEO de Narp resigns.

 

Van Cleef appoints new CEO for the Americas.

– Company will expand “selectively.”

 

J.C. Penney CEO pay plummets.

– He “got off easy.”

– CEO’s big backer starts to criticize.

 

J.C. Penney plans “bauble bar.”

 

Indian diamond industry “in crisis” as banks go elsewhere.

– Banks step up due diligence.

 

India big winner in De Beers sight selection.

 

Dominion sees diamond price increase.

– Conference call transcript.

 

Rough diamond prices rise in first quarter.

 

The new lab-grown diamond company—that doesn’t seem all that new.

National Jeweler also mystified.

 

Colombian emerald czar dies.

 

New online diamond company sends customers prototypes.

– Site raises $10 million.

 

One Kings Lane adds jewelry category.

 

EBay expects 50 percent growth.

 

Attorney says Costco is making “a mistake” with Tiffany lawsuit.

 

Tiffany stock hits 52-week high.

 

Try-on feature leads to lawsuits.

 

Macy’s accidentally gives necklace a really big markdown.

 

Retail rents not rising much, reports say.

 

Survey: retail therapy is real!

 

Gold could “fall 15 percent this year.”

– Are bitcoins hurting gold?

 

Zimbabwe diamonds “flood into Dubai.”

 

Rio Tinto blasts Zim government mining policies.

 

Bizarre thing in Zimbabwe newspaper about Marange, De Beers, etc.

 

Angola says it’s the world’s third largest diamond producer.

– Alrosa, Angola discuss joint ventures.

 

Edahn Golan: Governments crack down on money laundering.

 

Leader of jewelry theft gang pleads guilty.

 

Aging workforce hits Indian industry.

 

Suspects has heart attack after jewelry robbery.

 

A real-life (maybe) gold treasure hunt.

 

The ring that may have inspired Tolkien.

 

Dustin Hoffman’s wife makes jewelry with perfume.

 

Angelina Jolie opens school funded by jewelry line.

 

Media Watch:

The Associated Press has primer on Four C’s.

 

From the Blog:

Interview with Signet CEO Michael Barnes.

The New Lab-Grown Diamond Company That Doesn’t Seem All That New

 

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Have a great weekend …

JCK News Director