Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Jan. 9

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.

 


Coach acquires Stuart Weitzman.

 

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)

 

Jewelers Closing:

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.)

 

Media Watch:

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.

More lab-grown diamond articles from the Sun Sentinel and CBS Chicago affiliate.

The New York Times on Ritani.

Glamour blogger likes Neil Lane diamonds.

EveryJoe’s ring-buying guide.

 

From the blog:

What’s a Nice Jewelry Guy Doing at an Electronics Show?

We’re Saying Goodbye to a Lot of Good Jewelers

 

Have a great 24 Karat weekend!

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