Feb. 28 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week: The FTC may crack down on influencers. There’s a new way to produce diamonds. And a woman gets an unpleasant surprise at Tiffany. All below.

 

Coronavirus forces cancellation of Baselword.

– As well as SIHH.

– How the coronavirus may affect retailers.

– How a Maryland jeweler is taking precautions.

– Chinese diamond trade at a standstill.

– Will virus start a global recession? We don’t know.

– U.S. recession fears grow.

 

RJ Watches files for bankruptcy.

 

U.S. jewelry, watch sales rise moderately in December.

 

NRF predicts retail sales will rise about 4% this year.

 

Business of Fashion looks at LVMH’s plans for Tiffany (registration required).

 

Galeries Lafayette folds Guérin Joaillerie operations into Mauboussin label (subscription required).

 

Pandora marketing officer on how they plan to grow.

 

“Where Victoria’s Secret went wrong.”

 

What are the legal protections for the Cartier Love bracelet?

 

Influencers start to charge for content.

– FTC commissioner calls for crackdown on influencer marketing.

 

De Beers outlines plans to help sightholders.

– De Beers lets sightholders defer Chinese goods.

 

HRD Antwerp is not for sale (for now).

 

GSI spots new way of masking synthetics.

 

Stanford researchers map faster, easier ways to build diamond.

 

California man bilks investors in gem scam.

 

New York diamond dealer sentenced for memo fraud.

 

The next step for responsibly sourced jewelry: Prove it.

 

African countries move to curb gold smuggling.

 

Venezuelan “blood gold” could be used to fund terror attacks.

 

Russia wants to lift limits on Central African Republic diamond exports.

 

Russia may become world’s leading producer of colored diamonds.

 

Volatile diamond markets casts shadow on Namibian economy.

 

Zimbabwe diamond company not allowed to sell Mbada diamonds.

 

Gemfields Mozambique’s ruby unit reports attack on workers.

 

Anglo-American CEO said his metals will help with electric cars.

 

Court filing says Beny Steinmetz needs to turn over more info.

 

Nirav Modi’s possessions go under the hammer.

 

Marvin Heyman, former president of Oscar Heyman, dies.

 

Depression-era jeweler Marshall Littman dies.

 

Tiffany appoints chief gemologist to lead traceability efforts (registration required).

 

Steve Feldman joins GCAL.

 

J.C. Penney’s chief customer officer resigns after nine months.

 

Borsheims promotes Jaci Stuifbergen to marketing manager.

 

New mineral named after GIA governor.

 

Where do Netflix’s Love Is Blind engagement rings come from?

 

Beatrice Borromeo is the new face of Buccellati.

 

Lebanese influencer Nour Arida is face of Tous jewelry.

 

Ben Baller designs Kobe Bryant chain.

 

Jeudy says he intended no offense with Star of David jewelry.

 

Offset accused of blowing off $400,000 court battle.

 

Carol Brodie sues after being hospitalized because of diet pasta.

 

Wendy Williams insists she’s not in a relationship with jeweler.

 

Clark Diamond Jewelers happily gives refunds to customers.

 

Woman crashes SUV into Texas jewelry store.

 

How Rolex became its own currency.

 

Man turns in diamonds he found at Walmart.

 

Salon looks at the Facebook ring-shaming group.

 

Woman gets ring resized—and finds out it’s a fake.

 

Media Watch

BBC History Magazine gives a brief history of marriage proposals.

The New York Times on the steps of “earring loss.”

The Wall Street Journal visits the Diamond District (subscription required).

Jeweler from Uncut Gems talks about why people like jewelry (audio).

 

From the Blog

The Next Step for Responsibly Sourced Jewelry: Prove It

 

From the Podcast

Episode 12: The Oscars, Tucson Gem Shows, and De Grisogono

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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