Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of June 17


This week: Pandora on Rue La La. California jeweler arrested for stone switching. And a rare Tiffany hallmark discovered. All below.


Sporn acquires Bixler’s, America’s oldest jeweler.


JTV: First-quarter sales rose 17 percent.


John Hardy plans limited number of retail stores.


Signet Fire

– Signet CEO visits woman who claimed diamond switch.

– Company steps up ads amid allegations.

– Damage control experts say statement doesn’t go far enough (subscription required).

– The Street favors SIG over TIF.

– Stone-switch story pops up at Fred Meyer.


Avi Krawitz: Vegas shows “stable, fast-moving market.”


Jennifer Heebner: Why more jewelry designers are going direct to the consumer.


Andrea Hill: We need to tell the story of artisan jewelry.


Why the Diamond Producers Association chose “Real is rare.”

– Interview with DPA chair Stephen Lussier.

– CNBC: Millenials turn away from industry.


Has the diamond industry’s winning streak run its course?

– An attractive investment?


Lab-grown diamonds and the Silicon Valley cult of disruption.

– Good, thorough articles on synthetics in Racked and Atlas Obscura.


Chaim Even-Zohar: Insurance policy may hold key to Winsome case.

– Raises questions about Pure Grown Diamonds.

– India seeks information on Winsome from UAE.

– IIa Technologies wins SME award.


National Jeweler/Jewelers of America look at platinum sales.


Business of Fashion: Gemstones have their sparkle back.


TAG Heuer pushing watch brand in China.


Seeking Alpha says “time isn’t right” for Swatch.


Seeking Alpha asks: Is Blue Nile “Tiffany of the internet”?


Apple getting “do-over” with its watch.

– J.P. Morgan losing enthusiasm for product.

– Next watch may have built-in camera.


The legal issues sparked by 3-D printing.


Pandora runs boutique on Rue La La.


Wal-Mart cutting 1,500 jobs.


Sears’ obsession with Wall Street is killing it.


Is Antwerp’s pain Dubai’s gain?


Mugabe says $13 billion worth of diamonds stolen from Zimbabwe.

– Audit looms.

– Displaced villagers hoping for help from government.


Alrosa finds 241.21 ct. diamond.

– Miner refinances two loans.


Putin using diamonds to lure investors to Russia.


Cullinan Dream sells for $25.4 million.


ARM executive director steps down.


Joseph DuMouchelle to sell Maples-Trump engagement ring.


Circa acquires Hampton Estate Auction.


California jewelry store owner arrested for stone switching.


Damien Hirst sued over jewelry design.


Rare Tiffany hallmark discovered (probably).


Denver Broncos receive Super Bowl rings.


Diamond- and gold-covered ties.

– Diamond- and gold-covered tires.


Media Watch:

New York Post: How Americans were conned into buying diamonds.

The Times profiles Koidu.


From the Blog:

Lab-Grown Diamonds and Silicon Valley’s Cult of Disruption

Why the Diamond Producers Association Chose “Real Is Rare”



Have a great weekend!


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