March 15 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week in Diamond Shavings: The old Sears sues the new one. Elvis used to give jewelry to his fans. And Neil Lane doesn’t watch The Bachelor. All below.

 

Latest Signet reshuffle brings Zales, Kay together.

 

Eurostar Diamond Traders facing bankruptcy.

 

Bailey Banks & Biddle closes two of five stores.

 

Minnesota’s Scheherazade Jewelers declares bankruptcy, closes.

 

Old Sears sues new Sears.

 

Household net worth falls by greatest amount since Great Recession.

 

Top 10 retailers on the state of the industry.

 

Swatch indicates Baselworld pullout is permanent.

 

Watch industry “uncertain” as Baselworld nears.

 

H. Moser: Marketing geniuses or glorified trolls?

 

List of jewelry and watch stores opening today at Hudson Yards.

 

De Beers: Trade needs to reengage with bridal.

– Calls industry slowdown “cyclical.”

 

Get ready for a more visible, vocal Alrosa.

– In talks with Tiffany.

 

New Canadian diamond mine might take six years to develop.

 

Rapaport on what makes a good synthetic diamond detector.

 

Central Bureau of Investigation turns up heat on Winsome Diamonds.

– Probing Jatin Mehta holdings in United Arab Emirates, Belgium.

 

New charge sheet filed against Nirav Modi.

– Modi spotted in London, has new diamond business.

Video.

– Bought apartment with cash.

– Kept in touch with aides via secret UAE server.

– India tries to extradite.

– Has “Manafort moment” with ostrich jacket.

– Entered on “golden visa.”

 

Sierra Leone villagers hope Panama Papers will help track Steinmetz assets.

 

Zimbabwe diamond promise still “unfulfilled.”

 

 

Illegal sapphire mining threatens lemurs.

 

Van Cleef & Arpels sues South Carolina jewelry store.

 

Seven indicted for selling fake Native American jewelry.

 

New York diamond dealer fights subpoena in Drew Brees dustup.

 

Pandora chairman to step down.

 

RJ appoints Benoit Vulliet managing director of the Americas.

 

Noted gemologist Alan Jobbins dies.

 

Jenny With the Rock

– Everything we know about J -Lo’s engagement ring.

– Daily Beast says “big” may be back.

– A-Rod spent “months” shopping for it.

– How influential?

 

Tiffany’s Reed Krakoff happy about Lady Gaga Oscar diamond.

 

Elvis Presley once gave away jewelry to his fans.

 

Michael Jackson took young fan jewelry shopping.

 

Adrien Broner agrees to pay $1 million jewelry debt.

 

Neil Lane doesn’t watch The Bachelor.

 

Nike has Swarovski-studded sneakers.

 

Lost wedding rings returned to Boston couple.

 

Virginia jeweler mines and polishes local stones.

 

Media Watch

New lab-grown diamond articles on WhoWhatWear and Vogue Australia.

NPR’s Planet Money tackles lab-grown pricing (audio).

 

From the Blog  

H. Moser: Marketing Geniuses or Glorified Trolls?

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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