Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Dec. 2

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This week: eBay sold watches every three seconds on Black Friday. Pandora gets a new ad agency. Zales ad proves controversial. All below.


Jewelers say holiday season off to strong smart

 – eBay sells watch every three seconds

– Online sales shatter expectations.

– Did retailers botch it?


In reversal, Tiffany & Co.’s sales rise.

– Brand remains strong, analysts say

– Faces “laundry list of unknowns”

– Earnings call transcript

– Debuts holiday windows


Tacori names new CEO


It may not be the end for Endless Jewelry.


Breitling considering sale, report says


Bernheim Brothers buy Luminox


At least seven companies looked into buying Blue Nile.

– Interviews with CEO Harvey Kanter on Fox Business and CNBC (video)


Richemont watchmaking job cuts “send shock waves”


Wal-Mart selling $18,000 Cartier watch

– Cartier distances itself.


Fitbit close to buying Pebble, reports say


Pandora picks McCann London for global campaign.


ABN Amro: Diamond market outlook is improving.

– Antwerp hosts talks on financing.


Ban on cash payments hurting Surat 

– Small diamond businesses shut.

– Diamond factories extend vacation.


Shrenuj gets $100 million in funding.


Will Sarine’s new machines change diamond grading?


Diavik lays off 51 employees.

– Chamber of Mines still optimistic


Lukoil sells its diamond business.


Rockwell Diamonds selling two mines


PAC: Cameroon now a hub for conflict diamonds


Muhammad Ali’s daughter shows off 6.28 ct. lab-grown stone

– Articles on lab-growns in NPR and Chicago Tribune


Three Stuller employees react to “Real Is Rare.”


NCDIA elects Alan Bronstein president.


Douglas Menefee joins Stuller.


Aurélie Bidermann takes creative helm of Poiray ($)


Former Rockwell Diamonds CEO joins Botswana Diamonds


Aaron Friedman dies.


Alabama ex-jeweler going to jail

– So is jeweler in Lyndhurst, N.J.


Diamonds International opens shop-in-shop at Disney World


Zales ad with lesbian couple proves controversial.


Millennial shoppers love J.C. Penney.


Yoox Net-a-Porter expands into Middle East


Jewelers for Children to honor Yancy Weinrich, Charles Stanley


Kristin Chenoweth to headline 24 Karat Club banquet


Oaktree may buy De Beers headquarters.


Diamond dealer strikes it big with humus bowls


Thief makes off with bucket of gold flakes


Man finds $3.7 million in gold in Normandy house


Woman finds engagement ring after two-hour search through trash


Radioactive diamonds may lead to longer-lasting batteries.


Media Watch:

– FT: Why jewelers are developing new cuts for diamonds

Australian Financial Review talks to Laurence Graff ($)

South China Morning Post on gem craftsmanship

The Courier Mail runs article (moissanite advertorial?) on engagement rings

The Boston Globe has tips on picking the perfect engagement ring.


From the Blog:

Will Sarine’s New Machines Change Grading?

At Least Seven Companies Looked Into Buying Blue Nile


Have a great weekend!


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