Jan. 24 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week in Diamond Shavings: La Californienne answers Rolex’s complaint. Former Graff store partners go to court. And video of bad jewelry theft goes viral. All below.


GIA suspends diamond sealing services.


Jeweler de Grisogono allegedly funded by laundered Angolan money.

– How the dos Santos family acquired stake.

Frontline episode on Luanda Leaks (video)

– Articles in The New York Times and The Guardian

– Roundup of stories from around the world

– My thoughts: Ask your vendors: Who’s your daddy?


Holiday sales were actually kind of disappointing, says NPD.

– E-commerce may kill half a million jobs in the next five years.

– But some see brick-and-mortar “comeback”.


New 18k gold alloy creates gold that’s 10 times lighter.


La Californienne responds to Rolex’s lawsuit.


Tous probed for false advertising.


Sterling takes gender bias suit to the Supreme Court (subscription required).


Court may overturn Tiffany’s legal victory over Costco (subscription required).


Two former Graff store partners battle over 40 ct. gem.


Edahn Golan looks at the diamond market in the fourth quarter.


De Beers’ diamond production drops 15%.


De Beers plans overhaul of supply policy.


Mumbai Customs holds rough diamonds as overvalued.


Businessmen join together to help laid-off Surat cutters.


Alrosa shareholder proposes selling $1 billion in diamonds to Gokhran.


Leviev’s Africa Israel company delisted after 47 years.

– With Leviev gone, “era of tycoons” is over in Israel.


De Beers reflects on the progress of artisanal mining project GemFair.


Switzerland still struggling with “dirty gold.”


Mouawad says diamond mining “not destroying the Earth.”


Swarovski debuts 16 new lab-created diamond colors.

– Danielle Max: This opens up a lot.

Lab-grown trend eludes India.


Former Scio Diamond exec gets probation.


Diamond Foundry appoints chief operating officer.


HRD Antwerp appoints new CEO.


Ashi Diamonds names Doug Drucker regional sales director.


Craig Danforth joins Gem Legacy advisory board.


Walmart chief merchant departing


Former sightholder Sheldon David dies.


Pandora chief marketing officer discusses new store concept.


Tiffany opens first Blue Box café in Europe.


The New York Times surveys jewelry offerings at Place Vendôme.


It may be too late to save Philadelphia’s Jewelers Row.


JSA issues warning after spate of rooftop burglaries.


Chinese sellers outnumber U.S. on Amazon.


EBay lays off 102 employees.


Barneys employees “feel used” as retailer closes.


J.C. Penney poison pill about to expire.


Bloomberg looks at the failure of Forever21.


DelGatto, Koin partner on tender financing.


Jeweler develops foundation to honor Holocaust survivor father.


Jeweler sues boxer Gervonta Davis.


Jeff Goldblum got custom grills made by jeweler.


Nirav Modi’s paintings go up for auction.


Video of bumbling jewelry store robbers goes viral.


Internet isn’t impressed with new Richard Mille blue watch.


Pet owner uses metal detector to find diamond ring in dog’s stomach.


Media Watch

Tablet looks at the Jewish connection to diamonds.


From the Blog

Ask Your Vendors: Who’s Your Daddy?


From the Podcast

Episode 10: JCK Tucson, the Golden Globes, and Tiffany


Have a great weekend!



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