Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Oct. 16

This week: Why Amazon Handmade should scare you. Gold may have seen a turning point. Is Wal-Mart’s business model crumbling? All below.


Gold, platinum, silver prices heading up.

Turning point?

– Bearish trader changes his tune.

– How high will it go?

– Analysts see more drops in 2016.


Jostens sold for $1.5 billion.

– Did investors take a loss?


 Geneva Watch Group files Chapter 11.


Is it actionable when a manufacturer drops a retailer?


Are polar bear diamonds extinct?


Rio Tinto cutting back diamond production.


Negative mood prevails at De Beers sight.

– Clients disappointed at prices.

– Did De Beers heavily discount?

– Rapaport says rough prices “unacceptable.”

– De Beers pinning hopes on U.S. holiday season.


Vinod Kuriyan: Jewelry needs a big brand name.

– Reena Ahluwalia: Finding a diamond’s soul.

– Ehud Laniado on keeping diamonds relevant.

– Ayalla Joseph: Think about the woman!


Danielle Max on why banning lab-grown diamonds could backfire.

– Avi Krawitz agrees. (So do I.)


Alrosa also working on synthetic diamond detectors.


Interview with lab-grown diamond producer Vishal Mehta/IIa Technologies.


Is there an alternative to the Rapaport list?

– List doesn’t change this week.


The most “frightening” part of Amazon Handmade.


Charlotte Preston dies.

– Doug Hucker share his memories.

– Hedda Schupak does too.


T.J. Maxx CEO resigns.


Zalemark appoints new CEO.


Debbie Hiss consulting for CanadaMark.


Former Macy’s buyer joins Haskell Jewels as executive vice president.


Alrosa VP becomes World Diamond Council VP.


Ronnie VanderLinden becomes president of U.S. Jewelry Council.


Pandora’s site tops online traffic.


Tiffany, Cartier most recognized brands among affluents.


Jeweler listed as “endangered” job.


Apple Watch’s ad campaign.

– Now sold at  B&H Photo.


TAG Heuer CEO: Apple Watch will soon be obsolete.

– Smartwatch coming Nov. 9.


Swatch smartwatch “disappointing.”

– Will have mobile payments.


When Rolex went quartz: A tale of the 1970s.


Bulgari performing “remarkably well.”


Nordstrom aims for $20 billion in sales by 2020 (subscription required).


Nordstrom Rack becomes threat to Macy’s.


Wal-Mart’s business model is crumbling.


Analysts: Tiffany set to rise.


Eleven James gets financing.


Judith Ripka debuts e-commerce site.


Retailer Rare Pink does crowdfunding campaign.


Forevermark unveils “epic” new ad.


Hatton Garden thief offers to direct cops to the loot.


New York jeweler pleads guilty to money laundering.


How illegal diamond mining threatens Brazil’s indigenous communities.


EU Parliament urges companies urged to have tighter Central African Republic controls.


Murowa Diamonds shuts down.

– Zimbabwe committed to merging diamond firms.


India tries to attract diamond mining companies with new provision.


Rumors of Alrosa merging with Russian gold producer denied.


Michigan State expands (industrial) diamond-growing lab.


Diamond District buildings get refinanced.


Online gold scheme is a scam.


Retailer unveils “world’s largest engagement ring.”


Future gives Drake “ridiculously big” diamond ring.


Madonna wore $10 million in diamonds on tour.


Bulova Chronograph worn on moon is auctioned.


Media Watch:

The New York Times: Older women getting additional ear piercings. Wendy Brandes responds.

Interview with Bulgari’s creative director.


From the Blog:

Is There an Alternative to the Rap List?

Is It Actionable When a Manufacturer Drops a Retailer?



Have a great weekend!


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