March 23 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup  

This week: Walmart’s jewelry partner made a cyber-goof. Are diamonds helping to bail out North Korea? And a video tackles Superman’s diamond-making powers. All below.


Claire’s Stores files for Chapter 11.

– Private equity owners come under fire.

– Looks like record year for retail bankruptcies.


Signet’s CEO sees a lot of things wrong at her company.


Ben Janowski: Jewelry market is “in trouble.”


Cybercrime becoming a growing problem for industry.


New cases registered against Nirav Modi for diamond diversion.

– Modi’s travel to the United States flagged.

– How banks blessed Choksi’s firms.

– Choksi says he’s “done nothing wrong.”


Surat man claims that Mehtas unfairly jailed him.


Price of lab-grown diamonds continues to fall.


Alrosa launches new synthetic detection device.


David Yurman appoints Carol Pennelli president.


Blue Nile names Katie Zimmerman chief merchandising officer.


Jewelers Board of Trade appoints Richard Weisenfeld president.

– Names Michael Kaplan chairman.


Jewelers of America gets new CFO.


RealReal gets chief revenue, operating officers.


Creditors examine Benrus financials, as ex-CEO runs for governor.


Is the gray market slowing down?


Swiss watch exports to the United States soared in February.


Chopard commits to 100 percent “ethical gold.”

– Human Rights Watch calls it “a mixed bag.”


Indian jewelry brands criticized for sourcing.


North Korea dodges sanctions with diamond exports.


GIA spots synthetic layer on natural ruby.


Walmart jewelry partner exposed millions of customers’ details.


Blockchain platform gets $10.4 million in funding.


Jeweler offers reward for lost wallaby.


Previously unknown blue diamond to be auctioned.


Experts warn against engagement ring piercings.


Markle’s wedding ring to follow tradition of Welsh gold.


Chaumet displays historic drawings.


Media Watch

How Stuff Works gives “true story” of blood diamonds.

Vulcan Post on e-tailer Zcova (advertorial).

The National on lab-grown diamonds.

Fortune writes up Diamond Foundry.

Nerdist examines whether Superman can turn coal into diamonds (video).

Profile of “Antwerp’s humble diamantaires.”


From the Blog  

Signet’s CEO Sees a Lot of Things Wrong at Her Company


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