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!

– Email: rbates – at – jckonline.com.

– Twitter feed: robbatesjck

– Connect on Facebook and Linkedin.

– Cutting Remarks RSS feed.



Follow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
Follow JCK on Twitter: @jckmagazine
Follow JCK on Facebook: @jckmagazine

JCK News Director