Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Jan. 15

Like a Powerball jackpot, made up of jewelry links

This week: Retail looking shakier. How a reality gold-mining show may have led to murder. And Tiffany takes shot at Costco. All below.


How were holiday sales? It depends.

– Overall holiday sales disappoint, says NRF.

– This year worst for retail since 2009.

– Retail experts debate: Can the department store be saved?

– Michelle Graff: Three “retail clichés” of the coming year.

JCK’s predictions for the year ahead.


Wal-Mart shutting 269 stores, 154 in the U.S.


Richemont says sales “subdued.”


Pandora, Alex and Ani, and the ongoing charm wars.

– Pandora: Annual revenue increased 40 percent.

– Plans to open 200 to 300 new stores.


Statement necklaces rule the Golden Globes.


Brilliant Earth opening Boston showroom, airing first commercial.


New tower in Diamond District coming.


FBI nabs lone female armed robber.

– Denied bond, jewelry not found.

– Five facts about her.

– JSA will dole out reward.


London police still hunting Hatton Garden robbery mastermind.


Metals dealer fined $200,000 for not following Patriot Act.


Internet sales tax dividing Republican candidates.


De Beers subsidiary suing synthetic diamond company IIa.


Tiffany’s new ad campaign takes a shot at Costco.

Trial postponed.


Diamond broker says Florida jeweler gave him bad checks.


Israel diamantaire Uri Schwartz put into receivership.


President of Belgian Diamond Manufacturers Association speaks out on crisis.


Avi Krawitz: The “new normal” in China.


Dominion Diamond analysts disagree with activist investors.

– Chairman resigns, replaced by De Beers vet.


Artisanal miners in Brazil look for diamonds at abandoned mine


Zimbabwe still wants diamond bourse.


Watchdog finds little evidence of bias in Pebble mine study.

– Reactions vary.


Worker accuses Kay Jewelers of wrongful termination.


24 Karat weekend: From queen of soul to queen of JBT.

– The GEM Awards: The Oscars of the industry.


Robyn Lewis, doyenne of Italian jewelry, dies.


Georg Jensen appoints new CEO.


Jim Grohn joins Ed Levin Jewelry.


Israel Diamond Exchange appoints Avidar managing director.


Olga Gonzalez voted president-elect of New York chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.


Diamond-backed crypto-currency launching.


$1 million in heirloom jewels stolen from English manor.


Behold the world’s largest blue star sapphire.


Lost diamond ring returned after three years.


The golden doughnut!


Media Watch

BuzzFeed on the rise and fall of Jungle Gold, Discovery Channel’s gold-mining show.

Foreign Policy on diamonds and Botswana.

CNBC recommends investing in diamond producers.


From the Blog

Pandora, Alex and Ani, and the Ongoing Charm Wars

So How Were Holiday Sales? It Depends



Have a great weekend!


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