Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Oct. 30

This week: Apple Watch turns tech guy onto mechanicals. They are throwing away lots of jewelry in Great Britain. The cosmic story of how gold is produced. All below.


GIA discloses companies banned in hacking investigation.

– RapNet bans them.

– Majority of stones affected are high value.

– Vinod Kuriyan: Indian industry needs to “stem the rot.”

– My thoughts: Why stop there?


Half of consumers don’t know their engagement diamond’s clarity.

InStore’s survey of jewelry retailers.


Jewelry headed for good holiday globally, even as luxury falters.

– Jewelry outperforming watches at LVMH.


De Beers’ reported discounts could trigger a price war.

– Sight 9 looks small again.

– Petra sees price floor.


Erik Jens: The diamond industry is being disrupted.

– Avi Krawitz: Two-stone is a sign industry is upping its marketing.

– Nurit Rothmann: Learning from Lego.

– Gaetano Cavalieri: Learning from Apple.

– Ronnie VanderLinden calls for a new generation of leadership.


Mark Gershburg: Don’t ban synthetics!

– Bourse puts on Diamond Detection Expo.


Why is diamond beneficiation failing?

– South African diamond trade seeks more local rough.


Canada’s diamond sector loses luster.


Diamonds Direct chairman’s legal woes won’t hurt company, it says.


Three charged with misrepresenting jewelry as Native American–made.


More than 50 diamond rings lost after being shipped for repairs.

– Zales finds woman’s diamond ring.


Notorious jewel thief Doris Payne can’t stop, won’t stop.


U.S. Customs seizes 1,200 fake Tiffany bracelets.


Judge reverses himself, dismisses action on Zale acquisition.


Lord & Taylor opens off-price chain.


J.C. Penney lays off 300 in home office.

– It’s betting on tech.


Celebrity jeweler may move from 47th Street.


Black, Starr & Frost opens Phoenix store.


Frederick Goldman plans Scott Kay scholarship.


LVMH announces new head of North America.


2016 AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge award winners announced.


Joe Thompson tells watch-world war stories.


Cartier looks to boost its presence in Asia (video).


September Swiss Watch import record worst fall in five years.

– Industry’s problems go beyond smartwatches.

– Omega bemoans lack of sales from millennials.


Apple Watch numbers still unannounced, “don’t look great.”

– One estimate: 5 million sold.

– Another: $1.7 billion in sales.

– Techies don’t want it.

– Apple Watch turned one tech guy onto mechanicals.


New Fossil smartwatch “looks gorgeous.”


ZDNet worries about Ringly security.


Amazon planning challenge to QVC.

– Wants new Pay with Amazon button.

– It’s also considering its own clothing line.


QVC launches Apple TV app.


The “slippery slope” of fashion designer departures.


Three retail trends that aren’t working out.


Wisconsin store looks to make more changes following racial profiling allegations.

– 911 calls released.


100-year-old Florida jeweler closes.


Auriela L. Roman, wife of longtime JA chair, dies.


Katy Perry posts presidential present.


How diamond dust may cool the planet.
Venezuela is selling its gold.


Gold’s “cosmic” origin story.


Billions in jewelry lost in British sewers.


Media Watch:

The Wall Street Journal on how De Beers looks for diamonds.

Askmen.com on how to save money on engagement rings.

Money Talk on lab-grown diamonds.

Jim Cramer looks at diamond stocks.

Inc. looks at Gemvara and its newest site, Sequel.


From the Blog:

The Diamond Industry Is Being Disrupted

GIA Named Names in the Hacking Investigation. But Why Stop There?


Have a great weekend!


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