Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Aug. 14

This week: an identity crisis for luxury brands. Drones scan African diamond areas. A flushed wedding ring is fished out of the sewer. All below.

 

The five types of jewelry consumers, according to Signet.

– Signet plans NYC diamond selling office.

 

Pandora drops 125 retailers, plans to cut more.

– Pandora tops Google jewelry searches.

My thoughts.

 

Moissanite sales fall, company introduces new colorless stone.

– Charles & Colvard earning call transcript.

 

U.S. gold jewelry sales rising slowly, survey says.

 

NRF lowers retail sales forecast.

 

Watch sales sunk in June, but don’t blame Apple.

– UBS analysts: Apple Watch demand “mediocre.”

– Richline debuts site to track wearable and fashion.

 

Luxury sector is having “identity crisis.”

 

New York magazine has a good look at Net-a-Porter.

 

U.S. company finds violence while looking for emeralds in Colombia.

 

What diamond trade can learn from Gemfields.

 

Diamond Soul-Searching

– The diamond business needs an overhaul.

– Big layoffs in Botswana cutting industry.

– Industry’s problem is “demand, not credit.”

– Will gold jewelry bail out diamond business?

– More diamonds head to India as China cools (video).

 

IIJS Report I: Visitor numbers up, diamond sales mixed.

– 2: Good for gold, less for loose.

– 3: Show “rekindles hopes.”

 

Indian company accused of misrepresenting synthetics files defamation suit.

 

Indian authorities probing Nirav Modi for diamond “diversions.”

 

U.S. government using drones to survey diamond areas.

 

Gold mine spill contaminates water in Colorado’s Animas River.

– Problem continues.

– EPA chief does damage control.

 

Michelle Graff wonders why there are diamonds in Arkansas.

 

John Hardy creative designer departs as company stresses luxury.

 

Michael Hill founder retires, replaced by daughter.

 

DGSE chairman, CEO resigns after year.

 

London Jewelers appoints Saunders senior VP.

 

Richline’s Ulrich named chairman of JFC.

 

Marchick joins auctioneer Doyle.

 

DMIA reelects VanderLinden.

 

The new 29-year-old head designer at De Beers Jewelers.

 

Longtime jewelry exec Ron Dean dies in accident, wife Karen injured.

 

L.A. salesman robbed of diamonds and pearls in parking lot.

 

$1 million in jewelry, gems missing at Peoria antiques show.

 

Hearts On Fire debuts millennial-targeted ad campaign.

 

“Finest opal ever” displayed publicly for first time.

 

Fabrikant Tara moves to Diamond District.

 

Hollywood A-list celebs like lariat necklaces.

 

Hills alum gets “insanely huge” engagement ring.

 

Jamaal Charles drops 200K on diamond chains, pendants, and watches.

 

Flushed wedding ring recovered.

 

Chicago mayor doesn’t give kids promised rings.

 

Media Watch:

BuzzFeed on face jewelry.

Inc.’s four lessons from Shinola.

Io9 says zirconium resistant to radiation (mentions blood diamonds).

GQ (U.K.) has a BS-er’s guide to diamonds.

 

From the Blog:

Pandora’s Uncharming Behavior

The 5 Types of Jewelry Customers, According to Signet

 
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