Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Aug. 12

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This week: the possibility of 3-D synthetic diamond jewelry. Can brands sell without department stores? And the jewelry-box detox. All below.

 

Michael Hill CEO resigns.

– Company still fine-tuning U.S. approach.

 

Blue Nile’s sales hit by June drop-off.

– Earnings call transcript.

 

Pandora’s U.S. sales rise 11 percent.

– Earnings call transcript.

 

Macy’s to close 100 stores.

– Fossil, Movado could be hurt.

 

Can brands sell without department stores?

– Luxury “really isn’t for everyone.”

– Michael Kors copes with brand damage.

 

Wal-Mart buys Jet.com for $3.3 billion.

– Threat to Amazon?

– Won’t solve Wal-Mart’s dot-com dilemma.

– End of Jet’s sales tax advantage?

– Wal-Mart halts price matching.

 

Nordstrom “bullish.”

 

J.C. Penney sales rise.

 

U.S. demand for gold jewelry inches up.

 

New London Jewelers store spotlights emerging WJA designers.

– Thomas Sabo opens first U.S. store.

 

Paris jewerly shines in tough times (subscripton required).

 

More than 20 customers had jewels switched by Ventura, Calif., jeweler.

 

Ben Moss service plans no longer work; customers feel betrayed.

 

Lucara may auction another large diamond.

Vanity Fair goes behind the scenes of failed auction.

 

Lockheed Martin patent could be used to 3-D print synthetic diamond jewelry.

– PRI on lab diamonds.

– Indian industry worried about synthetics, naturals mixing.

 

Can India tap its diamond jewelry potential?

 

Chow Tai Fook now touting the four T’s.

 

Jeweler sues insurer after he throws out diamonds.

 

Apple patent filing hints at health-driven wearables.

 

Miner Trans Hex faces takeover bid.

 

Petra Diamonds recovers 138.57 ct. diamond.

 

Interview with World Diamond Council president Andrey Polyakov.

 

Joanne Slawitsky resigns as Kassoy president.

 

De Beers makes appointments in sightholder sales.

 

Siluanov reelected as Alrosa supervisory board chair.

 

Indiana jeweler’s killer gets 85 years.

 

Utah boy uses smartwatch to evade kidnappers.

 

Astrologer in police custody swallows diamond studs, ring.

 

“Your cat can protest Trump” with, well, you’ll see.

 

Belgian diamond mogul Fabrice Finkelstein buys Venetian Islands home.

 

Mystery mummy discovered in Russian diamond mine.

 

An 80 ct. diamond ring.

 

Luxury hotel offers diamond safari.

 

When a jewelry box needs a detox.

 

Media Watch:  

 WhoWhatWear on why engagement rings exist.

Vogue staff debate: Is a bigger diamond better?

 

From the Blog:

Michael Hill Still Fine-Tuning Approach 8 Years After Entering the US

London Takes Manhattan: Jeweler’s New Store to Spotlight Emerging WJA Designers

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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