Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of July 29

This week’s edition has been hacked by Vladimir Putin

This week: Inside Russia’s diamond mines. The Swiss watch industry’s perfect storm. And the Jeff Bezos–Ron Johnson connection. All below.


Pandora, Nordstrom part ways.


Swiss watch industry’s “perfect storm.”

– My thoughts: Jewelry is still about craft. We should still tell consumers.


Chow Tai Fook looks to target U.S. diamond market.


California jewelers deal with local scandal.

 – Customers rush to get appraisals after South Carolina stone-switching case.


Brian Watkins leaves Ritani.

Australian-origin certified diamonds to hit store shelves.


Rio Tinto diamond project deferred due to environmental damage.


U.S. government to finance Botswana diamond cutting.

– Chaim Even-Zohar: It’s a “financing revolution.”

– Botswana newspaper: “A lifeline.”


De Beers confirms it’s selling Snap Lake.

– De Beers unlikely to find buyer, analyst says.


Why Lucara’s big rough diamond auction failed.


Inside Russia’s diamond mines.


LVMH sells Donna Karan.

– Bulgari, TAG Heuer fuel company’s growth.

Tiffany targets millennials with a social-influencer campaign.


Is Jeff Bezos the next Ron Johnson?


Swoonery tries to personalize online jewelry shopping.


Harry Winston opens mega store in Houston.


Rapaport talks with Tom Heyman.


Kmart employees believe brand is about to close.

– Company addresses concerns on its blog.


American Gem Society honors Kenyon, Siegel, Wicht.


WJA names winners at Awards for Excellence gala.


AGTA announces 2016 Spectrum and Cutting Edge Award winners.


Jewelers of America elects new board members.


Celebrated gem photographer Fred Ward dies.


Pablo Mauron named partner at Digital Luxury Group.


U.S., Swiss citizen indicted for alleged diamond, gold export scam.


Female jewelry store robber calls jewelry thefts “an emotional high.”

– Codefendants plead guilty.


Yelp now marks businesses that sue reviewers.


 A 9-year-old finds 1.53 ct. diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park.


Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher got wedding rings from Etsy.


Is Hillary Clinton a secret fashion star?


South Africa launches “diamond safari.”


Media Watch:  

The New Yorker: Man whose ashes became diamond.

Refinery 29: When a single person wears a ring.

Business Insider has the “real” story of Shinola.

Huffington Post has interview with the head of Pure Grown Diamonds.

Deadspin’s guide to choosing an engagement ring.

Financial columnist has stories of thrifty engagement rings.

Businessworld talks to Nirav Modi.


From the Blog:

Jewelry Is Still About Craft—and We Should Still Tell Consumers

Australian-Origin Certified Diamonds to Hit Store Shelves



Have a great weekend!


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