By Hannah Connorton
From the Apple Watch to TAG Heuer’s Connected, brands raced throughout 2015 to respond to release their own versions of a smartwatch, many of them teaming up with other brands or technology companies.

There were also some major diamond finds this year, among them the unearthing of the second-largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered, and the sale of two colored diamonds--which now share the name “Josephine”--that set new world-auction records.

The industry also saw in 2015 new advertising campaigns, brand ambassadors, e-commerce initiatives and one sly female jewelry thief that, as of press time, is still on the run.

Click through this slideshow to see the year that was, in photos.

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