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

This week: Why Facebook likes those ring shots. The end of the former world’s biggest mall. And what’s ahead in 2015 for gold and retail. All below.

 

Glittery holiday?

– Brands, basics, and floating diamonds ruled this year’s yule.

– Luxury jewelers score, says Centurion.

– Mixed feedback from National Jeweler.

– Jewelry business strong this holiday, says MasterCard.

 – What is driving the uptick in jewelry spending, Bloomberg wonders. (video)

– Did sales come at cost to profit?

 

Good-bye 2014:

– 24 of the year’s best jewelry reads (plus one video) that didn’t appear on JCKonline.

– Jennifer Heebner’s five favorite blog posts.

– Avi Krawitz: 2014 “wasn’t all bad” for diamond business.

– The year’s fashion focused on ethics, sustainability.

– The year in wearable tech.

– Top 10 luxury social marketers (incl. Van Cleef & Arpels).

People’s favorite 2014 celebrity engagement rings.

  

Hello 2015:

– Jennifer Heebner’s list of fashion trends and top industry wishes.

– National Jeweler’s predictions for 2015.

– CNBC forecasts retail trends.

– Possible e-commerce acquisitions.

– What will happen to gold?

 

RapNet’s plan to police grading on its site.

– Rough & Polished weighs in.

 

Robert Lee Morris closing SoHo store.

 

Fossil goes luxury with “Swiss-made” label. (subscription required)

 

Lia Sophia customers angry at shutdown. (subscription required)

 

Four found guilty in Campbell Bridges’ murder.

 

Con man outwits diamond-heist gang.

 

21 states raising minimum wage Jan. 1.

 

Why Facebook is filled with engagement photos.

– Elite Daily: People judging each other’s rings.

– More grooms videotaping engagements. 

 

Business Week: Jewelry is the “ultimate inefficient market.”

 

How Nordstrom outperformed every other retailer.

 

Is J.C. Penney really in turnaround?

 

Neiman Marcus merges store, e-commerce teams.

 

Men, women display similar shopping habits.

 

Trends that are killing teen retail.

 

Seeking Alpha likes Pandora stock.

 

Van Cleef campaign lets people wish upon a star.

 

Falling ruble will help Indian industry.

– De Beers not opening India office.

– Reuters: China challenging India in diamond biz.

 

Zimbabwe still fighting for Belgium diamonds.

 

Armenia-Russia diamond imports to be simplified.

 

Angola’s state diamond producer to reduce costs.

 

Indigenous tribe in Northwest Territories signs deal with De Beers.

 

Dog locates the $20,000 space diamond.

 

Former “world’s biggest mall” getting demolished.

 

Homeless man still looking for owner of diamond ring.

 

Lauren Bacall’s jewelry to be sold at Bonhams.

 

Celebrity Engagement Time

– Sofia Vergara’s ring is a jaw-dropper.

Real Housewife Kim Zolciak shows off 10 ct. ring.

– Rebecca Mader has a nice-size one, too.

– Brides’ favorite celebrity engagement rings.

 

Diamond contact lens coming.

– Plus a diamond pacifier.

 

“Christmas miracle”: engagement ring returned.

 

Man proposes with help from drone.

 

The funny watch reviews on Amazon.com.

 

Media Watch:

Fox Business talks to CEO of Pure Grown.

Asbury Park Press goes inside 47th Street Diamond District.

 

From the blog:

24 of the Year’s Best Jewelry Reads (Plus 1 Video) That Didn’t Appear in JCK

RapNet’s Plan to Police Grading on Its Site

 

Have a great weekend and a wonderful New Year!

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JCK News Director