Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of July 24

This week: Human face found in gemstone. Will Apple make cheap gold watch? Rash of suicides in Surat. All below.

 

Gold, platinum, silver all hit in metal massacre.

– Gold sinks below $1,100.

– Six reasons gold might stay low.

 

Kohl’s sued over alleged false discounts.

– T.J. Maxx facing similar suit.

 

Michael Hill’s U.S. comps jump 3.5 percent.

 

Judith Ripka owner buys C. Wonder.

 

Chaim Even-Zohar: Synthetics will “splinter” the diamond pipeline.

 

Gem-A CEO James Riley resigns.

– Former CEO “ready to fight.”

– Can the organization recover?

 

My visit to Blue Nile’s first retail location.

 

Why the future of retail may hurt consumers.

 

Apple says Watch sales are above projections—but not much else.

– Customer satisfaction may be off the charts.

– Closer look at data reveals both strengths and weaknesses.

– Some Apple loyalists still on the fence.

– Some analysts see sales shortfall.

– Others, strength.

– Current sales may be irrelevant.

– Is Watch following familiar Apple pattern?

– New ads stress its usefulness.

– Company may introduce “crazily cheap” gold watch.

 

Bulgari’s luxury watch protects your data.

 

Watchmaker Philip Stein isn’t afraid.

 

De Beers’ first half earnings fall 21 percent.

– Most goods rejected at latest sight.

– Sightholders now watching out for themselves.

– Why it must reduce rough prices.

– Anglo to cut 6,000 jobs.

 

Surat diamond bourse losing steam.

– Rash of suicides hits Surat industry.

 

How three industry vets hope to reinvent trade financing.

 

De Beers and Namibia reach 10-year sales agreement.

– Namibia to launch independent sales channel.

 

Some new thoughts on “A Diamond Is Forever.”

 

Gemfields “ray of sunshine” in resource sector.

 

Murowa Diamonds production down 50 percent.

 

Brutality against diggers continues in Marange.

 

Diamond District jeweler’s death considered homicide.

– Engaged in lawsuit with DJ Khaled.

 

Stuller grateful for trade support following Lafayette shooting.

 

Doris Payne may have struck again.

 

$1 million in diamonds stolen from Texas salesman.

 

$500,000 Australian jewel theft caught on camera.

 

United Kingdom takes action against directors of diamond investment scheme.

 

Neiman Marcus expands RealReal partnership.

 

Chrono24 announces $22.8 million investment.

 

Indian diamond companies increasingly producing stents.

 

16th century jewels on display at the Met.

 

Tiffany “reimagining” diamond collection.

 

Vets fetch engagement ring from dog’s stomach.  

 

Could we mine for platinum and opals in space?

 

A human face appears in gemstone.

 

Media Watch:

Attn.com article features umpteenth rewrite of Edward Jay Epstein.

– Quartz on Indians “taking over diamond industry.”

The New York Times writer reunites engagement ring with “rightful owner.”

– Inverse article on synthetics gets a bit wrong.  

Popular Science on six things you may not know about lab-grown diamonds.

– CCTV also covers lab-grown diamonds, interviews some writer guy.

 

From the blog:

How Three Trade Veterans Hope to Reinvent Industry Financing


My Visit to Blue Nile’s First Retail Location

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JCK News Director