Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Feb. 5

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This week: How long will the diamond industry’s good times last? The lives of QVC addicts. If presidential candidates were retailers, what would they be? All below.

 

Edahn Golan: Jewelry sales eke out small increase in 2015.

 

Diamond overgrading lawsuits: Will they hold up in court?

 

Tacori selling fashion jewelry online.

 

Signet cuts 80 jobs.

 

Endless Jewelry founder leaves company.

 

Etsy selling jewelry at Macy’s New York flagship.

 

Christie’s, Sotheby’s see  jewelry sales fall.

 

Collective grown: Man-made diamond growers band together.

– Mark Boston takes on Diamond Foundry’s marketing strategy

 

Alrosa plans to double its January diamond sales in extended offer.

– Paul Zimnisky looks at last year’s diamond production.

– Avi Krawitz: Is upturn sustainable?

 

LVMH hails Bulgari, TAG Heuer smartwatch.

 

Are smartwatches hurting watch sales?

– Swatch introducing three new smartwatches this year.

– Why wearables “may be poised to explode.”

 

Swatch’s sales, profits hurt by Swiss franc.

– Buys back shares.

 

How Costco stays “Amazon-proof.”

 

Analysts still like Signet Jewelers.

– But Tiffany gets downgraded.

 

What Ben Bridge does right.

 

The strange world of QVC addiction.

 

Diamond Foundry hires SEO agency.

 

How Shinola boosted sales with customer service.

 

Gold has surged 9 percent so far this year.

 

New partnership with Antwerp provides new trading platform.

 

AGS grading mounted goods, debuts sorting service.

 

Stephen Lussier named head of Diamond Producers Association.

 

Silvia Juarez-Henry joins A. Lange & Söhne.

 

Frédérick Martel becomes Baume & Mercier North American president.

 

Christian Leiggener joins Armin Strom.

 

Shmuel Schnitzer named IDI chairman.

 

Gem-A is looking for new CEO.

 

Don Saltmarsh joins Jewelers UnBLOCKed.

 

Diamond Empowerment Fund announces new leadership.

 

Jewelry Industry Summit announces speakers, poster sessions.

 

Photographing rural diamond miners in Brazil.

 

Murowa slashes workers’ pay.

 

Mariah Carey finds 35 ct. diamond ring “hideous.”

 

The terrifying case of Ted Cruz’s two watches.

– Imagining presidential candidates as retailers.

 

Madoff’s jewelry goes up for sale.

 

Woman selling engagement ring after fiancé “cheated twice.”

 

Media Watch

Boston Herald on nontraditional engagement rings.

ClarkHoward.com tells how to get a deal.

Business Insider’s diamond buying guide.

Inside Edition has video of jewelry store theft.

 

From the Blog:

Are Smartwatches Hurting Watch Sales?

Diamond Overgrading Lawsuits: Will They Hold Up in Court?

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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