Nov. 9 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Happy Diwali to all who celebrate!

This week in Diamond Shavings: Which retailers will go bankrupt next year? Leviev is in debt to Israeli banks, report says. Ariana Grande feels kind of bad about engagement rings these days. All below.


Links of London U.S. subsidiary files for Chapter 7.


Refiner Republic Metals files for bankruptcy.


Lev Leviev’s family members reportedly held for smuggling.

– Report: Leviev owes Israeli banks NIS 500 million.

– Albert Robinson: Another blow to the industry’s reputation?


Pandora’s U.S. revenue sinks 12 percent in “unsatisfactory” quarter.

– Have charms fallen out of fashion?

– Chief financial officer speaks to Bloomberg (video).

Interview with Blue Nile chief financial officer Bill Koefoed.


Signet drops “He Went to Jared” tagline.


Eight retailers that may go bankrupt next year.

– Debt purchaser targets vendors for Sears.


WatchBox acquires valuation service Chronofy.


Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra features lab-grown diamonds.

– Gemologist (who works for DPA) says it’s overvalued.

– New lab diamond brands cropping up.


Jony Ive, Marc Newson create an all-diamond ring.


Avi Krawitz: Are diamond industry associations “too reactive”?


Argyle pink tender breaks record.


Indian gem and jewelry council says government is harassing jewelers.


Sierra Leone president calls for diamonds to be polished locally.


How diamonds were looted in Marange.


Search Engine Land updates the case of Michael Arnstein and Natural Sapphire Co.


James Rackover, jeweler’s “surrogate son,” convicted of murder.


Probing Brexit backer Arron Banks’ diamond holdings.


Man pleads guilty to theft from Diavik mines.


Marc Hruschka joins retail tech startup Hero.


CEO of Emerald, which puts on JA New York and Couture shows. resigns.


Online jewelry seller Fenton & Co. raises seed money.


Toby Pomeroy’s “mercury-free mining challenge.”


California jeweler offers jewelry aimed at same-sex couples.


Will lab-grown diamonds help charge drones?


People get mad because woman doesn’t like her engagement ring.


Ariana Grande says “Don’t” on post about buying an engagement ring.


Duchess Camilla drips in diamonds in Africa.


NFL’s Josh Gordon’s chain contains 600 diamonds.


Media Watch

Nylon profiles AUrate, affordable jewelry brand.

Crain’s New York Business profiles

Tatler on lab-grown diamonds.


From the Blog  

Interview With Blue Nile Chief Financial Officer Bill Koefoed



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