Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of March 20

This week. Indian dealer cited for synthetic non-disclosure. Regular diamonds vs. the Minecraft version. And the world’s strangest wearables. All below.


Former Helzberg CEO taking over moissanite marketer Charles & Colvard.

– Company’s sales and profit fell last year.


Alex and Ani hires former Yankee Candle CEO as president.


Is Pandora the third-largest jewelry chain in America?


Basel Faulty?

– Slow traffic on first day.

– Watch fair on edge over Swiss franc.

– Patek Philippe $2.5 million watch sells out.

– TAG Heuer reducing prices.

– But forecasts record year.

– Bulgari confident of double-digit sales growth in 2015.

– Graff releases new diamond-covered watch.


TAG Heuer hooks up with Google and Intel for smartwatch.

– Plans replica of black Carrera.

– BBC looks at smartwatches and Basel.

– Cartier’s “hidden watch.”

– Breitling connects chronograph with smartphone.


L.A. boutique stocking Apple Watch one of America’s priciest.

– Will Apple have “heavy hand” in gold market?

– High-end Edition watch will be sold by “experts.”

– Is high-end watch “all about China”?

– Sets up boutique in Tokyo department store.

– Most consumers aren’t interested.

– It could still sell millions.

– IT analysts mixed.

– Was Apple outsmarted by Microsoft?


Ringly may go beyond notifications.

– WTF wearables.

– Wall Street Journal reviews smart jewelry.


Ten key trends in luxury retail.

– Indian jewelers not taking their brands global.

– Anti-graft drive hits luxury buying in China.


Hearts On Fire looking for ad agency.


Gilt Groupe’s cloudy future.


Swarovski moves into fine jewelry.


Diamond Intelligence Briefs changing format.


Miners belatedly realize need to promote diamonds.

– Another “bumper year” for diamonds, says De Beers.


Indian dealer is accused of not disclosing synthetics.


Diamond grower IIa Technologies increasing facilities, production.

– Company introduces new synthetics detector.

– De Beers upgrades DiamondView.


Gem Diamonds CEO says diamond price “slump is over.”


Antwerp diamond company head charged with alleged drug trafficking.


Indian intelligence officials looking at industry for terror financing.


Court acquits Omega Diamonds.


Belgian authorities make “breakthrough” in $50 million Brussels airport heist.


Four held in plot to cheat Indian diamond company director.


Zimbabwe mining companies all agreeable to merging.


De Beers warns Snap Lake may close.


Potential diamonds discovered in Finland.


Swaziland joins the Kimberley Process.


South African gold miners union readying wage demands.


Tide turning towards gold producers?

– Gold ready to rebound?


Environment group targets mercury use in gold mining.


Charlotte Preston Catalysts to close.


Worthy names former Tiffany & Co. exec as president.

JBT elects new officers.


Phil Ogle joins MB&F.


Sotheby’s names Tad Smith CEO.

– Earns more than predecessor.

– Why Sotheby’s is not the next Gucci.


Michelle Graff says retailers need to focus, specialize.


The domain diamond.com going up for sale.


The Knot’s wedding research and implications for jewelry.


Alrosa added to Russian ETF.


Forevermark embracing clicks-and-bricks e-commerce model.


Nanodiamonds may kill tough cancers.


A very, very practical wearable for the gym.


Erin Andrews not engaged despite massive diamond ring.


Media Watch:

–  Kotaku says Minecraft diamonds rarer than real ones.

– De Beers sales director makes his pitch in Botswana newspaper.

National Geographic on India’s conflict minerals.

London Evening Standard on fair trade jewelry.

The Wall Street Journal on Ritani’s ad strategy.

The New York Times (and JCK editor) on rubies.

Observer writer tries on $30 million diamond.

Financial Times on diamond industry’s woes.


From the Blog:

Any Diamond Producers Association Won’t Be a New De Beers 

Is Pandora the Third-Largest Jewelry Chain in America?



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