Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Nov. 27

This week: The world’s oldest gold jewelry. Did jeweler try to kidnap rapper? The decline of Black Friday. All below.

Hoping all my U.S. readers have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend.


Signet: Kay, Piercing Pagoda, “Ever Us” strong.

– Earnings call transcript.

– Stock falls on earnings miss.

– Disney increases royalty rate on Star Wars products.


Tiffany: U.S. sales “disappointing.”

– Earnings call transcript.

– Is it undervalued?

– Jim Cramer “sick of” company.


 Birks comps rise 3 percent.

– Obtains amendment to credit facilities.


HSBC looking for De Beers IPO.

– Rapaport calls for De Beers’ CEO’s resignation.

– My thoughts: How De Beers went from star to scapegoat.


ICA planning gem ID lab in Bangkok.


Maurice Tempelsman: We must address grading report problems.


Diamond Foundry, synthetics, and disruption.

– Abe Sherman: Synthetics pose huge challenge.


Hatton Garden heist “largest in British history.”

– First try failed.


Retailer’s guide to Black Friday.

– Does it need a makeover?

– Steve Dennis: The decline of Black Friday.


Videos of Botswana conference on resources.


Only 4 out of 13 Namibian diamond cutting factories in use.


Jade mining landslide in Myanmar kills more than 100 people.


Swatch signs up with Visa for payments watch.

– European smartwatch brand raises $5 million.


Chris Croteau joining Madison L.


Maija Neimanis dies.


Gary Thrapp hangs up his hat.


Jail time for retailer caught buying stolen jewelry.


Jeweler faces arrest in investor dispute.


Sean Kingston says jeweler “kidnapped” him.


Lawsuit says Austin jeweler threatened man with shotgun, racial slur.


Retailer combats “reviewers for hire.”


De Beers moving New York City flagship.


Tiffany goes out to sea.


Cartier updates Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.


Rare 25 ct. pink found in Imelda Marcos’ collection.


Facebook campaign gets diamond ring returned.


6,000-year-old jewelry discovered in Bulgaria.


From the Blog:

How De Beers Went From Star to Scapegoat

Maurice Templesman: We Must Address Grading Report Problems

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