Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Feb. 3

Still holding out hope for Beyoncé triplets

This week: Hudson’s Bay might buy Macy’s. How James Allen saw a big jump in sales. And why Trump doesn’t wear a wedding ring. All below.

1,669 U.S. jewelry businesses closed in 2016.

NRF: Valentine’s Day spending expected to decline.

Signet shuffle: New president appointed, Hrabak retires.

Rio Tinto shutting North American office.

Tiffany to run Super Bowl commercial with Lady Gaga.

Rolex, Cartier amongst world’s strongest brands.

James Allen has tripled sales in two years.

– Business Insider likes Mejuri, jewelry site aimed at self-purchasing women.

Forbes likes Crown & Caliber, pre-owned watch service.

Richemont replacing four watch CEOs.

– Piaget gets new CEO.

RJ Watches CEO steps down.

Tom Ford to introduce watches.

Apple says watch sales set “record.”

– “Time to admit it’s a success.”

– Not likely to be next iPhone.

– Launching theater mode.

Swiss Watch International reportedly goes out of business.

Swatch CEO sees Swiss watch turnaround.

Macy’s sale rumored.

– Hudson’s Bay said to be suitor.

Sears shares have lost 30 percent of their value.

J.Crew sues lender over restructuring plans.

Will department store sector survive?

Astronaut sues Sterling, Bulova.

Another big diamond default hits Indian trade.

Diamond Foundry “on track to be profitable this year.”

Charles Wyndham: Lab-grown industry unfairly slamming natural.

How will new State Department handle conflict diamonds?

What’s the future for the conflict minerals rule?

New Indian cash transactions limits will hurt gold, jewelry trade.

Dominion Diamond CEO to resign.

First Gahcho Kué sale disappoints.

Russian diamond cutter Kristall included in privatization plan.

AGTA continues silicosis campaign.

Does HSN-featured jewelry brand cheat female artisans?

Afghan militant groups smuggling gemstones.

Pricing scandal hits Zimbabwe’s Mbada Diamonds.

Profile of illegal diamond diggers in South Africa.

Indian factory worker steals millions of diamonds from employer.

Pandora entering Indian market.

– Albert Robinson: A smart move.

De Beers retail chain closing flagship London store.

Shinola opens hotel in Detroit.

Rolex sponsoring Academy Awards.

Cartier asks: How far would you go for love?

Blancpain mounts ecological display at airport.

Princess Diana diamond necklace goes on sale.

Olivia Munn spotted wearing diamond ring.

Derek Fisher’s five NBA rings stolen.

– Johnny Dang will make them better.

The “most expensive celebrity engagement rings of all time.”

Nicky Oppenheimer remains second richest person in Africa.

Surat diamond merchant gives employees cars as new year’s bonus.

Kim Kardashian’s theft planned with help of social media.

Ivanka Trump’s brand disappears from Nordstrom site.

Seth Meyers mocks the Melania-eating-diamonds Vanity Fair cover.

Donald Trump doesn’t wear a wedding ring.

Media Watch:

Daily Mail reviews 100 years of jewelry trends.

The New York Times reviews non-diamond engagement rings.

From the Blog:

How Will the New State Department Handle Conflict Diamonds?

What’s the Future for the Conflict Minerals Rule?

Have a great weekend!

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