Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of April 28

This week: Shoppers grow immune to discounts. Cartier sells watches over the internet. And diamonds help couples get pregnant. All below.


Breitling purchased by venture capital fund.


DGSE lands on S&P “Most Vulnerable Public Retailers” list.


What’s causing the great retail meltdown?

– 8,000 stores may close this year.

– Is the “retail panic” overblown?

– Moodys says retail stable, with lean profits.

– New films track dead malls.


Point: Shoppers now immune to discounts.

– Counterpoint: They still only value low price.


Why shoppers go to store before buying online.


Online sales tax bills reintroduced.


Cartier allowing customers to buy watch on internet.


Tiffany loses latest case against Swatch.


Undisclosed lab-grown diamonds still huge challenge.


Brilliant Earth and that video.


An investigation into World of Diamonds—the invisible miner.


De Beers clears out its stocks.


About half of brides want to be surprised with engagement ring.


How much Brits now spend on engagement rings.


Ben Janowski on the image of diamonds.


Brad Brooks-Rubin on industry and the Kimberley Process.


Profile of diamond miners in Congo.


Zimbabwe diamond seller gets ultimatum.


Black market diamond seller pleads guilty.


Former Cheyenne jeweler faces 40 years.


Frustrated customers want items back from shuttered Michigan jeweler.


J. Crew slashes 250 jobs at headquarters.


HSN CEO Grossman resigns.


Assael announces director of development.


Joseph Alexander dies.


Chinese jeweler Zhou Zongwen becomes billionaire following IPO.


Chow Tai Fook opens second U.S. boutique.


Pandora opens first Indian concept store.


India’s Kalyan Jewellers buys online jewelry firm Candere.


Providence Jewelry Museum going national, opening to public.


Israel Diamond Exchange adopts code of conduct.


Where the name “Rolex” came from.


Indian diamond baron wants lake for his village.


Man finds diamond ring on sidewalk, tracks down owner.


Cancer patient gets wish to meet Kendra Scott.


Diamonds may help with in vitro fertilization.


De Beers helps Canadian hospital.


Pop star’s family memorializes loved one with jewelry.


Emerald in Sotheby’s auction has storied past.


Following robbery, Kim Kardashian may not wear jewelry anymore.


Sean Kingston explains why jewelers keep suing him.


Star Wars fan gets gold Darth Vader mask.


How diamond shapes hint at your personality.


Media Watch:

CBC Marketplace on “toxic” cheap jewelry. (Audio)

South African newspaper visits Canadian diamond mine.

Telegraph talks to owner of 77 Diamonds.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles Worthy.com.

Nice chat with Andrea Hansen.


From the Blog:

Brilliant Earth and That Video

Undisclosed Lab-Grown Diamonds Still Huge Challenge, Conference Agrees


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