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

On a self-promotional note, I will be moderating the De Beers Diamond Insights panel today at the JCK show, Tradewinds C/D, 3–4:15 p.m. This year, we will not only have De Beers CEO Philippe Mellier and executive vice president of marketing Stephen Lussier but also a man not often heard from, executive head, strategy and corporate affairs, Bruce Cleaver and—just added—executive vice president of sales Paul Rowley. These four extremely knowledgeable men will discuss their new research into the American market and the future of the industry. Plus, you will get to ask questions! More information here.

This week: Man buys Apple Watch for dog. Noted jeweler gives away 17 engagement rings this year. And why it takes so long to solve jewelry thefts. All below.


Amazon debuting Etsy competitor.

 – The “beginning of the end” for Etsy?


Signet sees 3.6 percent comp rise.

– Earnings call transcript.

– Five noteworthy nuggets from the conference call.


Tiffany & Co. sales, earnings fall in first quarter.

– Earnings call transcript.


Ken Gassman: Jewelers are ignoring needs of today’s shoppers.

– Edahn Golan parses disturbing stats for our industry.


De Beers bringing back “A Diamond Is Forever” slogan.


Diamond producers forming gem-promoting association.


Company grows 10 ct. synthetic diamond.

– Ben Janowski sees possible man-made diamond “tipping point.”


Six thoughts on the Apple Watch, after a month of wear.

– Skeptic finds novelty wore off.

– Is the Apple Watch killing Michael Kors?


Georg Jensen to open a bunch of new stores in England.


Wealthy Chinese head abroad to buy luxury.


Andrea Hill: “Everything you need to know about luxury has changed.”


H. L. Lang & Co. closing after 130 years.


John Orrico named chief operating officer at Frederick Goldman.


Eric Wind joins Christie’s.


Theo Fennell gets loan from Gordon Brothers Europe.


Bulgari brothers face tax evasion charges.


 Blood Diamonds journalist gets suspended sentence.

The New Yorker feature about Angola has diamond mentions.


Why South Africa’s diamond exports will decrease.


Is Yellowknife’s cutting industry ever coming back?


Diamonds for loan scheme launched in Dubai.


Judge to hear arguments in Pebble mine case.


Alrosa finds 78 ct. diamond.


JCK Events debuting LUXURY Miami.


Indian diamond company’s marketing balloons thought to be UFOs.


Grandmother’s engagement ring located by social media.


Jeweler salvages 500-year-old pendant from scrap pile.


Gizmodo on why it takes so long to solve a jewelry heist.


Chinese man buys Apple Watch for his dog.


Michelle Graff’s lessons from Mad Men.


The story of the Queen’s jewelry.


BC Clark gave away 17 engagement rings this year.


Accidental promo watch: the deer in the jewelry store.


Diamonds can form in outer space and fall to Earth.


Media Watch:

Bustle spotlights non-diamond engagement rings.

Huffington Post suggests polishing jewerly with ketchup and beer.


From the blog:

5 Noteworthy Nuggets From Signet’s Latest Conference Call

6 Thoughts on the Apple Watch, Following a Month of Wear

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