March 29 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week in Diamond Shavings: Get ready for the diamond shortage. The ugly lawsuit over Rent the Runway. And a new world-record watch. All below.

 

Instagram announces new shopping feature, Checkout.

 

Baselworld’s “transitional year.”

– It’s dropping prices.

– “Jury still out.”

– Attendees being targeted at customs.

 

Smartwatches outsold analog in the fourth quarter.

 

Lightbox adds more 1 ct. solitaires—but with drill holes.

– De Beers CEO talks Lightbox, commitment to Africa.

 

How eco-friendly are lab-created diamonds?

– How we define “ethical” sourcing.

 

GIA unveils diamond origin reports.

 

Alrosa: 2018 diamond jewelry sales grew 4 percent.

 

Indian companies liquidating assets to pay debts. Diamond prices may fall.

 

Bloomberg: Great diamond shortage “may be coming.”

 

The Peace Diamond saga is “still unresolved.”

 

Petra finds more big diamonds.

 

De Beers’ Victor mine shuts its doors.

 

Charles & Colvard no longer faces delisting.

 

Eurostar Diamond Traders enters bankruptcy.

 

Nirav Modi denied bail again.

 

Five charged with Atlanta jeweler home invasion.

 

Rent the Runway sued over exclusive agreements

 

Fred Segal acquired, plans expansion.

 

Tiffany has gone on a “multiyear hiring spree.”

 

The New York Times talks to Cartier CEO.

 

Unique Designs signs license for Lois Hill jewelry.

 

Jared has most loyal customers, data reveals.

 

Luxury becomes “dirty word” in France.

 

IWC Schaffhausen North America appoints new president.

 

J.C. Penney appoints new chief financial officer.

 

Contraceptive jewelry? How earrings could deliver birth control.

 

Jeweler creates diamond date night.

 

Jewelry business owner hires survivors of sex trafficking.

 

More than one-third of gold miners exposed to Ebola.

 

Floyd Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend accuses him of stealing $3 million of her jewelry.

– 50 Cent mocks.

 

Swedish jeweler crafts street-slang jewelry.

 

Diamond-covered watch sets Guinness World Record.

 

Media Watch

The New York Times on how diamonds gain color.

NPR story on lab-grown diamonds.

The Plunge looks at diamond alternatives.

Entrepreneur talks to MiaDonna CEO and her friend.

Business Insider on how to finance an engagement ring.

Vox is excited about “placeholder” engagement rings. Jezebel is not.

 

From the Blog  

Just How Eco-Friendly Are Lab-Created Diamonds?

 

JCK Podcasts

First episode. Guest: Ben Janowski

Pilot episode. Guest: Paul Zimnisky

 

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