This week: There are already counterfeit Apple Watches. Some people are really into dead malls. Can you clean diamond jewelry with denture tablets? All below.
Signet has a (slightly) below-expectations holiday.
– Christmas season very last-minute, says Instore.
Riddle’s Group purchases Dakota West.
Larter & Sons shuts down.
We’re saying goodbye to a lot of good jewelers.
C. Wonder to shutter all stores.
– Deb Shops also closing.
Samuel Aaron chairman Robert Wueste dies.
Synthetic diamond mixing again feared in India.
Woman claims Sears sold her fake diamond.
What’s a nice jewelry guy doing at an electronics show?
– Five wearables from CES.
– Amazon mentoring wearables companies.
– Jewelry that makes you safer.
– Swarovski debuts wearables line.
– Guess and Martian team up.
– Montblanc announces smart watchband.
– How Swarovski solved the tech industry’s battery problem.
Apple Watch launch expected in March.
– Tech watchers split on product’s potential.
– Just 5 percent of iPhone users want Apple Watch.
– There are already counterfeits.
– Test-drive the watch from your browser.
– Bloomberg Businessweek wonders: Is there really demand?
– Smartwatch market may reach $39 billion by 2020.
J.C. Penney closing 40 stores.
– Holiday comps rise 3.7 percent.
Macy’s closing 14 stores, mulling off-price format.
Chow Tai Fook “disappointed” with latest sales.
Swatch loses court case to Swiss bank.
What luxury forecasters predict for year ahead.
– Danielle Max on luxury myths.
Avi Krawitz: U.S. demand “driving market.”
– Diamond stories to watch in 2015.
Forecasters debate gold’s direction in 2015.
– So far, off to hot start.
– Gold is “second-best performing currency” of 2014.
Russians investing in diamonds as ruble slides.
Rough diamond companies say prices must drop.
– Are they starting to?
India sets up rough trading zone.
– Worries about Chinese “aggression.”
Mbada Diamonds workers besiege headquarters.
– Women want fair share of Zimbabwe diamonds.
Debswana installs X-ray scanners.
Report: 33 percent of Nepal’s jewelers are run illegally.
Omega Diamonds whistleblower appeals settlement.
Jeweler on trial over ponzi schemer’s wife’s diamond sale. (subscription req’d)
Wade’s Jewelry and Gift Shop, Horseheads, N.Y.
NRF likes Michael Hill video purchasing tool.
Mortensen, Bromberg, Gumuchian honored by WJA.
Robert Bridel joins GemFind.
Neil Goldman elected board chairman of Charles & Colvard.
The economics and nostalgia for dead malls.
A day with Apple Pay.
Arkansas diamond “myths.”
Researchers examining rock with 30,000 diamonds.
Holiday trend: Diamond rings in Salvation Army kettles.
Diamond ring hung on police department Christmas tree.
– Owner found.
Women who collect jewelry made from dead people’s hair.
Lena Dunham’s ring not for engagement.
Stephen Fry shows off man-gagement ring.
Dog eats $23,000 worth of rings.
Apartment Therapy says you clean diamond rings with denture cleanser.
HuffPo highlights “hilarious” engagement ring photo. (Spoiler: not actually hilarious.)
PacificStandard asks if technology has killed the jewelry business.
Sarah Silverman: Diamonds “mean nothing.”
The Frisky writer doesn’t want engagement ring.
Elle writer buys herself an engagement ring.
The New York Times on Ritani.
Glamour blogger likes Neil Lane diamonds.
EveryJoe’s ring-buying guide.
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