Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of July 1

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This week: The outlook for the diamond market. Connecticut jewelry company lays off 47. And what will happen to the 24 Karat Club dinner? All below.


1,109 ct. rough fails to sell at auction.

– Pre-auction interview with Lucara president.

– Blame Brexit?

– Might go on loan to museums.

– Why the increase in big diamond finds?

– Thoughts and theories from 77DiamondsNational Jeweler, IDEX 


Jewelry, watch online sales growth to slow.


Moody’s lowers outlook for U.S. retail sales.


“Luxury marketers are in the happiness business.”


New JBT head sees future market consolidation.


California jeweler’s farewell letter to customers.


Levinson Jewelers holding retirement sale, future undecided.


California jeweler arrested for alleged stone switch.


Michigan woman says Kay lost her diamond ring.


Couple says Diamond District jeweler sold undisclosed treated diamond.


Police seize Florida jeweler’s possessions.


Carolee in Stamford, Conn., laying off 47 workers.


Moissanite: The post-patent era.


RBC adds Brexit to worries about Signet.


Brexit may cause gold rally to continue.

– Gold up nearly 25 percent for the year.


Gem and jewelry industry unclear about Brexit impact.

– Martin Rapaport predicts little effect.

– Financial turmoil could delay Alrosa privatization.

– Brexit lowers ring’s price.


Report: Lenders tighten noose on Shrenuj.

– Industry urged to banish credit.


Avi Krawitz lists the major rough buyers.


Edahn Golan: Global diamond production decreased last year.


ABN Amro’s diamond market outlook.

– Ehud Laniado: Diamond business is ignoring warning signs.


De Beers now wants to sell other miners’ rough, too.


Botswana president warns diamond resources are running out.

– “Morning Edition” on Botswana’s diamonds.

Four-part series on illegal diamond mining.


Is the tide turning for South African alluvial miners?


De Beers gets approval to flood Arctic mine.


Dominion Diamond stock falls following plant fire.

– 75 workers laid off.


Scio director claims company is on “life support.”


Retailer roundtable on lab-grown diamonds.


Amazon to sell synthetic diamond line.


Shinola names former Detroit Lions president new CEO.


Is Macy’s CEO right man for the job?

– Wants to liven up chain (subscription required).


Belk CEO to retire.

– Ends 120 years of family rule.


Employees reveal mistakes that are killing Sears.


Sam’s Club wants to take advantage of Costco credit card disaster.


As sales struggle, Chow Tai Fook wants to make stores more exciting.


Apple Watch 2 to include sought-after features.


Larsson & Jennings wants to be “forward-thinking” watch brand.


The Wall Street Journal: Watch prices are falling.


Ten things to know about Rolex.


Random facts about Tiffany.


Forevermark debuts Black Label Collection, Petit Diamonds.

– Brand ad hightlights responsibly sourced diamonds.


Diamond Bourse of Canada reelects David Gavin president.


Who pays for same-sex engagement ring?


Mountain of cell phones turned into engagement rings.


Jewelry thieves caught after Facebook blunder.


Macy’s can no longer demand cash from shoplifters.


Dinosaur-era bird wings found in amber.


Trump ring sells for $300,000.


Mystery behind century-old jewelry portrait.


Waldorf Astoria to be closed, gutted. 24 Karat Club may be among the victims.


Etsy suspends maker of jewelry that commemorates…well, you’ll see.


Media Watch:

The Economist on diamonds and synthetics.

The New Yorker: Humorous piece about perfect engagement ring.


From the Blog:

Moissanite: The Post-Patent Era

Would an Auction House Sell a Lab-Grown Diamond?



Have a great weekend!


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