Feb. 9 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup  

This week: Pressure on Bon-Ton to liquidate. How a famous gold thief fled the country. And a boast about an engagement ring comes back to haunt Trump. All below.


Signet Makes News!

– Idaho retailer Jensen Jewelers files lawsuit against Zales.

– Alex and Ani claims that Sterling breached contract.

– George Murray, last of Signet’s old guard, leaving company.


Pandora reports U.S. sales grew 2 percent in 2017.

– CEO makes lucrative bet as other investors back away.

– Seeking Alpha: “Undervalued.”


Bon-Ton Department Stores files for Chapter 11.

– Court approves first-day motions.

– Press for liquidation.


Indian dealer Nirav Modi charged with bank fraud.


“Shrinking gems” a problem for diamond industry.


Sotheby’s selling 102.34 ct. round D flawless—but not at auction.


Is there a business case for blockchain in diamonds?


Human Rights Watch find jeweler’s supply chains lacking.

– Human Rights Watch report.

– Companies respond.


Israeli Diamond Exchange launches digital coins.


Are millennials being lied to by synthetic diamond manufacturers?


De Beers looking at mining in Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo.


Namdeb puts mine up for sale.


GJEPC wants gold parcels released.


Global Swiss watch sales on the rise, but U.S. lags.


Shinola wants to take “built in Detroit” mission national.


How Apple Watch can guard your body—and your mind.


Frederique Constant promotes Niels Eggerding to managing director.


HBC appoints Tiffany veteran Helena Foulkes as new CEO.


Barry Lustig joins Gordon Company as vice president.


Panama Diamond Bourse elects new president.


GIA announces new head of education as Bev Hori retires.


Samuelson’s Diamonds hires Allie Lopato as estate jewelry buyer.


Michigan jeweler found in Florida with stolen jewelry.


Two arrested in California jewelry store homicide.


How thief of gold bucket escaped the country.


Two officers eating lunch at mall foil jewelry store robbery.


David and Sybil Yurman share lessons learned.


Profile of New York jewelry store Love Adorned.


Amazing Jewelry heads to the Netherlands.


New iPhone screens may be made of diamonds.


McDonald’s is giving away a diamond ring.


Shop offering engagement rings made of donuts.


Graff Diamonds deal comes back to haunt Donald Trump.


Black Panther jewelry.


The “rich cultural history” of nameplate jewelry.


Media Watch

The Onion on the big diamond found in Lesotho.

The New York Times on lab-grown diamonds.


From the Blog  

Is There a Business Case for a Blockchain for Diamonds?


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