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Do diamonds really come from coal?

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Many people believe that diamonds are formed from the metamorphism of coal. That idea continues to be the "how diamonds form" story in many science classrooms.

It's easy to see where the idea came from, though. Diamonds and coal are both, at their base, different forms of the element carbon (C on the periodic table). And yes, pressure is a key part of what turns decaying carbon-based life forms such as plants into coal, as well as what turns carbon into diamonds. But the reality is just a little bit more complex than Superman's super-strength.

First of all, let's look at the chemical compositions of these two forms of carbon. Diamonds are essentially pure carbon formed into a crystalline structure. The rarer, colored diamonds do contain minor impurities (boron, for example, makes diamonds blue, while nitrogen turns them yellow), but those impurities exist on a scale of just one atom in a million.

Can Lady Gaga save Tiffany & Co.?

Lady GagaRAPAPORT... The diamond and jewelry industry has long since lost its cutting edge. As such, Tiffany & Co.’s decision to partner with Lady Gaga on Super Bowl night should be applauded as a bold move that will resonate with consumers across the globe. 

Study finds mobile investments pay off in evolving retail landscape

mobile investments e(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Amid a seismic shift in how U.S. consumers shop, retailers are vying for time on their customers’ screens across all their devices - before, during and after a purchase. That is according to The State of Retailing Online 2017: Key Metrics, Business Objectives and Mobile report, released by the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org division and Forrester.

Study finds 98 percent of Generation Z prefer to shop in-store

generation z e(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Despite expectations that the first “digitally native” generation would want to shop online, a new study released by IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the National Retail Federation found that almost all members of Generation Z prefer to shop in bricks-and-mortar stores. With the global Gen Z population set to reach 2.6 billion by 2020, retailers need to create more interactive engagement around their brands to serve the “always on,” mobile-focused, high-spending demographic, according to the study.

Jewelers of America announces “People’s Choice” category for 2017 CASE Awards

Entries in the jewelry retailer design competition will be accepted until February 17

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(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is accepting entries for CASE Awards, its national retail jewelry design competition. The CASE Awards honors jewelers who create jewelry pieces with the highest levels of creativity, artistry, skills and excellence in quality and style. New for 2017, JA has added a “People’s Choice” CASE Award with consumers voting online at JA’s website for their favorite jewelry piece.

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