Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of June 26

This week: Is Apple Watch already hurting watch companies? Japanese are unloading their diamonds. How to tell an $83 million diamond from a synthetic. All below.


BaubleBar opening first brick-and-mortar store.


Jewelry losing market share and consumer interest.

– Seven insights into today’s jewelry shoppers.

– Is jewelry industry “obsessing” over millenials?

– Jewelry doing well in United Kingdom.


Wearables category going “through the roof.”

– Study: Apple Watch failing to generate consumer interest.

– Not many Swiss buying it.

– Was Apple Watch inspired by 1970s Patek Philippe?


Three signs the watch industry is under attack from Apple.


Brietling to sell lifesaving Emergency watch.


New Indian business will auction fine art and diamonds.


Alibaba sells U.S. businesses, including 11 Main.


Antwerp Diamond Bank accounts to close June 30.


Sightholders still negative about De Beers allocations.

– Reuters: Diamond trade faces “uncertain future.”

– Rio chief expresses confidence in diamond industry.

– Alrosa head says no plans to change strategy.


Many Japanese selling diamonds for cash.


Namibian government, De Beers seek to renew diamond deal.

– De Beers closer to solving Canadian operational challenge.


Indian lab screened 10,000 diamonds, found no synthetics.


Eight reasons why the industry needs a chain of custody.

– The Responsible Jewellery Council: Its future and sometimes- problematic present.

– More jewelry consumers “demanding responsible sourcing.”

– How Kering considers sustainability a serious business strategy.


KP meeting still at odds over new vice chair.

– New dispute breaks out over Zimbabwe gems.


Rio Tinto sells stake in Murowa mine.

– Zimbabwe: No going back on government merger.

– Marange Resources technically insolvent.


This year’s conflict-mineral filings show improvement.


$35 million lawsuit against jeweler thrown out.


Ten arrested in Los Angeles smash-and-grab.


U.S. Marshals auction Madoff jewelry.


Shed where Hatton Garden diamond heist was planned.


Etsy, eBay, and Amazon ban Confederate flag merchandise.


Jeweler, diamond dealer Alan Friedman dies.


Scott Kay hires director of brand management.


Has Tiffany lost its shine?


JAPAC goes to Washington, D.C., to lobby for e-fairness.


Jewelry inspired by DNA.


Bustle has same-sex marriage and engagement rings.


How women propose.


Media Watch:

Forbes on how tell an $83 million diamond from a synthetic.


From the blog:

8 Reasons Why Our Industry Needs a Chain of Custody

The Responsible Jewellery Council: Assessing Its Future and Sometimes- Problematic Present.


Have a great weekend!

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