Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup: Week of April 17

One final reminder: I will be emceeing the American Gem Society Conclave next week in New Orleans. Should be a lot of fun. Here is JCK’s special preview. (And if you haven’t had enough of me, I will also be speaking at Conclave on “The State of the Industry” on April 23 at 3:30 p.m. I won’t be giving a talk at JCK Las Vegas 2015, so this could be your only time to catch the presentation this year.)

This week: You can preview and preorder the Apple Watch, but not actually get it. Those London thieves may have robbed from the wrong people. Is the industry broken? All below.


Michael Hill increases U.S. expansion.


Pandora looking at U.S. e-commerce platform.


Platinum jewelry sales rose 8 percent last year, PGI says.


One million Apple Watches pre-ordered, analysts say.

– Already hurting watch sales?

– Goldman Sachs sees risk to mid-tier category.

Wall Street Journal ponders industry’s fate.

– Detailed review of the 18k edition.

– Trying on $17,000 watch was a “total disappointment.”

– Shopping for watch around the world.

– Production likely to ramp up quickly.

– Was launch date misleading?

– Online-only orders until June.

– Survey suggests 15 million sales.

– Karl Lagerfield gets custom-built gold model.


Five key trends in the watch market.


Cartier cuts watch prices in Hong Kong.


Colin Cowie and Blue Nile doing engagement ring, jewelry line.


Chanel to sell fine jewelry collection on Net-A-Porter.


Etsy IPO reaches $267 million.


Borsheims closes outlet store.


Shinola opening in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood.


Roberto Coin opens boutique in Miami’s Design District.


Swatch eyes De Beers’ New York City retail space.


Video released of London safety deposit box robbery.

– Was theft inspired by a mystery novel?

– Did thieves anger famous crime family?

– Gang may have struck before.


One arrested in abduction, beating of Philadelphia jeweler.


Investigation into Antwerp diamond dealer Serge Muller.

– South African diamond dealer steals from fellow dealers.

– Two arrested for illegal diamond dealing in South Africa.


ABN AMRO Indian portfolio purchased by local bank.


Edahn Golan: Rethinking the diamond model.

– Danielle Max on the patterns of diamond prices.

– Rapaport stays steady.


New hope for Botswana diamond factory.

– New technology to extend Botswana mine life.


Women leaving Indian diamond cutting workforce.


Chinese mining firm operating in Marange being investigated for corruption.


Ralph Destino joins CIRCA.

 – Edward Lewand to head CIRCA’s new professional services division.


ASHI appoints Douglas Diamond sales rep.


Antwerp dealer Yves Diamant dies.


Shirley Kulchinsky, matriarch of Mayfair Jewelers, dies.


C.R. Time’s Chuck Murphy dies at 85.


Lazare Kaplan’s sales decline in latest quarter.


Yurman lawsuit against Sam’s Club can proceed.


Credit card company enacts $70,000 minimum wage.


New York Attorney General questions on-call shifts.


Millennial jeweler excited about brick-and-mortar.


Natural pearl necklace sets record at Christie’s.

– Sotheby’s auctioning the Historic Pink Diamond in Geneva.


Jennie Garth’s engagement ring.


Nicki Minaj’s engagement ring.


Disneyland gives away diamonds.


Women makes jewelry to cope with Parkinson’s.


The Minecraft bracelet.


Media Watch:

– Diamonds subject to deflation, Financial Times says. Also: CNBC.

– Marketplace/Freakanomics says “diamonds aren’t valuable.”

The New York Times profiles Francesca Amfitheatrof of Tiffany.


From the blog:

Pandora Looking at U.S. E-Commerce Channel

Michael Hill Tries to Scale the U.S. Mountain


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