Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Feb. 26

This week’s Diamond Shavings will be written in Facebook emoticons

This week: A 5ct. blue synthetic. Controversy over Utah jeweler’s warranty. Jewelry made from beans and fruit. All below.

 

Look out GIA: De Beers opens grading lab for trade.

 

GIA sees 5 ct. blue synthetic.

 

Alibaba, lab-grown diamonds, and the specter of a GIA report aftermarket.

– “Fraudster” identified.

– WFDB president: This “takes the biscuit.”

 

Story behind the new gemstone: aquaprase.

 

Saks Fifth Avenue opening store for jewelry, ready-to-wear.

 

Blue Nile opening webroom in Virginia.

 

Pandora acquitted in stock case.

 

More smartwatches shipped than Swiss watches.

– Hodinkee: Paints “misleading picture.”

– MasterCard payments heading to Bulgari, Hublot watches.

– Wearables at the Mobile World Conference.

 

Richemont cutting up to 350 jobs in Switzerland.

– Swatch holding the line.

 

Can young luxury brands bypass wholesale?

 

De Beers may lose longtime London headquarters.

 

Avi Krawitz: Can miners balance production with the market?

– Standard Bank sees diamond industry rebound.

 

Dominion Diamond’s sales fall.

– Earnings call transcript.

– David Smith joins Dominion Diamond board.

 

Petra upbeat despite first-half loss.

 

Lucara reports “strong” operational results.

– Earnings call transcript.

 

Scio sees bigger revenue, smaller losses.

 

“Fugitive” diamond dealer leaves behind $230 million in debts.

 

David Brummer: Industry needs transparency, responsibility.

 

J.C. Penney results retail “bright spot.”

– Profile of CEO Marvin Ellison.

 

Sears CEO: Criticism is “unfair.”

 

Joe Thompson steps down as WatchTime editor-in-chief.

 

Deborah Shamyer joins Ed Levin Jewelry.

 

AGS names 2016 Circle of Distinction honorees.

 

Phillips names Japan representative.

 

Jeweler Guy Merry dies at 100.

 

Romano’s Jewelers fraud case goes to trial.

 

Albuquerque, N.M., aviation police protected jeweler’s diamond shipments.

 

Utah jeweler refused to honor warranty, report says.

 

Zimbabwe shuts seven diamond companies.

– RioZim says it’s “operating as usual.”

– Illegal miners swarm back into Chiadzwa.

– Zimbabwe steps up security.

– One company plans to sue.

 

East Africa’s changing gemstone market.

 

Shinola debuts jewelry collection.

– Brand named Retailer of the Year by AAFA. 

 

Jewelry company makes pieces from beans, seeds, and fruit.

 

Gem Shopping Network features 10 ct. Kashmir sapphire.

 

Kylie Minogue shows off huge engagement ring.

 

Kate Hudson wore 20 ct. diamonds to run errands.

 

TAG Heuer’s appeal to Kuwaiti blogger.

– Piaget looks to burnish its brand.

 

Media Watch:

Glamour ponders: Is it bad luck to wear ring on engagement ring finger?

New York Post profiles Alexis Bittar, “Lady Gaga’s jeweler”

Forward profiles Lorraine Schwartz

 

From the Blog:

Alibaba, Lab-Grown Diamonds, and the Specter of a GIA Report Aftermarket

The Story Behind the New Gemstone: Aquaprase

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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