Feb. 7 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week: De Beers confirms sights getting a rethink. Jeweler fights with insurance company about snow promotion. Domino’s develops engagement ring shaped like a pizza. All below.

 

Effect of coronavirus on global jewelry trade could be widespread.

– Coronavirus shifts Hong Kong and Swatch events, roils Pandora.

– Amazon sellers worry about product shortages.

– Bangkok jewelry show sticking to dates, but screening visitors.

– Alrosa cancels Hong Kong event.

 

Tiffany shareholders approve LVMH acquisition.

 

The lab-grown diamond patent battle is heating up.

 

Pandora not “out of woods” yet, executives say.

– Aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025.

 

Macy’s closing 125 stores, cutting 2,000 jobs.

– A deep dive into the Macy’s “reboot.”

 

J.C. Penney appoints more VPs, faces delisting (again).

– Penney refocusing on private label fashion business.

 

Forever 21 accepts $81 million bid.

 

Charles & Colvard announces second quarter financial results.

 

Colored gemstone market updates from Tucson.

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Dominion Diamond Mines announces interim CEO.

 

Edward Asscher to head World Diamond Council.

 

Vrai founder leaves jewelry brand.

 

Former Shinola president leaves lab-grown venture.

 

Ira Wilson, of Wilson & Son Jewelers, dies.

 

Jeweler Israel Esquenazi dies.

 

Mayors opens second store in Georgia.

 

Gary Barnett gets new loan for Diamond District redevelopment.

 

Russia blocks British publication about Graff trial.

 

Angolan journalist feels “vindicated” after documenting years of corruption.

 

Anglo CEO confirms De Beers sights are getting a “re-think.”

 

Indian traders may get loans from Russian banks.

 

Alrosa to hold four rough diamond tenders in New York.

 

WWD profiles Eira Thomas, CEO of Lucara (subscription required).

– Lucara finds 549 ct. diamond.

 

New film looks at how Botswana benefits from diamonds.

 

Diamonds Do Good announces first annual jewelry awards.

 

Watchmakers try to up their sustainability efforts.

 

SCS gathers people to develop standard for “sustainably produced diamonds.”

 

Gucci pulls out of Baselworld.

 

Swatch gets hit by declining sales from Hong Kong.

 

Idaho jeweler fights insurance company’s denial of snow claim.

 

Court orders arbitration between Dok2 and jewelry company.

 

Scientists develop method that can bend diamonds

 

Little Words Project asks consumers to pass on their bracelets.

 

Domino’s develops engagement ring shaped like a pizza.

 

Dog ate South African woman’s ring.

 

From the Blog

The Lab-Grown Diamond Patent Battle Is Heating Up

 

From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 11: Guests Hayley Henning and Erik Jens

 

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