Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup (Ice Capades Edition)

On a personal note, I will be on vacation next week, so this blog (and this feature) will go on vacation with me. I wish all my U.S. readers a happy Labor Day and will see you all in September.

This week: A ring-related scandal at Real Housewives of New Jersey. Signs that Apple may make jewelry. And science blows a hole in the magpie-diamond thing. All below.


De Beers launches secondhand diamond business.

My thoughts.


Condé Nast sells Women’s Wear Daily.


Third Yurman vet jumps to Scott Kay.


Retailer faces more lawsuits over EGL Int’l reports.


Jeweler is victim of home invasion.


Etsy debuts wholesale division.

– Will new Etsy policy hurt “handmade” movement?


Will Apple make jewelry?

– Newsweek on luxury watchmakers fearing Apple’s iWatch.


New bracelet charges your smartphone.


Are wearables already wearing thin?

– Young people not interested.


What makes a luxury watch?


The significance of ring selfies. (There is some!)


Industry warms to ice bucket challenge.

– Lessons for marketers from Ad Age and National Jeweler.


Filipino company selling lab-grown diamonds.


Scio Diamond filing reveals default, SEC subpoena.


Did Winsome Diamonds divert funds aboard?


Janowski: Diamonds have a future. But business has issues.


Will Diamond District building become hotel?

– Profile of commercial real estate broker in Diamond District.


Interview with IDMA president Maxim Shkadov.


India’s rough buying will stay slow.


Luxury brands file suit against Alibaba.


Chinese corruption crackdown hurting luxury-goods sales.

– Counterpoint: Swiss watch imports to China shoot up.

– Chinese consumers seeking “affordable luxury.”


Seiko opens first U.S. boutique.


Sears has lost nearly $1 billion this year.

Is it doomed?


Nordstom may be the future of retailing.


De Beers retail opens pop-up store in London.


Chaim Even-Zohar: Botswana becomes new swing producer.


Namibia wants more gems cut in-country.


Zimbabwe wants a bourse.


De Beers accepting sightholder registrations.


Dominion appoints new CFO; mines doing well.


Angolan generals sue diamond activist for libel.


Visual portrayal of the amount of earth moved for a diamond.


Flawless 8 ct. fancy vivid pink being sold at Sotheby’s.


Palladium is crushing gold.


Jewelry designers now mixing metals.


Group prospects for gold in Maine.


Pebble mine used (negatively) in Alaska campaign ad.


Wife of guilty-pleading jeweler begs for privacy.


AGS lab opens Los Angeles take-in window.


Blue Nile creates Arabic-language site.


The history of eye miniatures.


TAG Heuer is the official timekeeper for New York City Marathon.


Big chunk of moissanite found in Israel.


French treasure hunter finds jewelry on Mount Blanc.


Jeweler saves the day for person who lost ring at Goodwill.


Search on for person who lost ring in Tulsa, Okla., parking lot.


Nicky Hilton hides engagement ring, and then doesn’t.

–  Jessa Duggar openly flaunting hers.

– Sofia Vergara’s engagement ring is just part of her Kay’s line.


Was Real Housewives ring-giving scene faked?


Tennis champ Serena Williams rules karaoke with “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”


Smartwatch funded by Indiegogo called a scam.


Magpies don’t covet diamonds, study finds.


Media Watch:

The Telegraph profiles incoming Tiffany CEO

– The New York Times profiles designer Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos.

– CNN profiles African jewelry designer Janet Fredman.

Houston Business Journal profiles Brian Gavin.

Blood Diamond director writes about conflict minerals in The Guardian.

Brides tells what not do with your engagement ring.

– Bloomberg says diamonds hit by global slowdown.

– New York City TV station on a woman with problems at Kay’s.

– The Stir likes placeholder engagement rings.

– The Federalist doesn’t like diamond rings.


From the blog

The Significance of Ring Selfies (Yes, There is Some)

De Beers’ Secondhand News 



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