Might 26 Diamond Shavings: Your Net Roundup 

A promotional observe to begin: I can be moderating two panels at JCK Las Vegas subsequent week.

The primary is a natural diamond update, which can be held Friday, June 2 at 10 a.m. on the Showcase Stage, stage 2 of the Venetian Expo. It’ll function Tiffany Stevens of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Kristina Buckley Kayel of the Pure Diamond Council, and Ferel Zerouki of De Beers, and can cowl Russian diamonds, attracting younger customers, and sustainability. Plus: questions from you!

The second panel covers “Lab-Grown Diamond Updates” and can be held Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m., additionally on the Showcase Stage. Panelists Edahn Golan of Tenoris, Ari Levy of IGI North America, and Joanna Park-Tonks of the Worldwide Grown Diamond Affiliation will focus on pricing, detection and disclosure, and sustainability. And reply questions from you!

Hope to see you there. I’ll be joyful to signal books. I’ve even up to date my website.

This week: Why some persons are hiding their Tiffany luggage. How lab-grown diamonds are like freshwater pearls. And a lady discovers her engagement ring incorporates a part of her tooth. All under.


The “luxurious occasion in the U.S. is over”

– Massive luxurious shares take a dive

– LVMH chief Arnault loses $11 billion after stock plunge

– Trade assured despite headwinds

– Bulgari CEO says he’s promoting “less but better” (subscription)

– Cartier goes all in on high jewelry (subscription)


Tiffany’s flagship now topped by a “jewelry box”

– Inside LVMH’s rift with former Tiffany creative director (subscription)


New pattern: “stealth wealth”

– Tiffany clients hiding blue luggage due to crime


How lengthy will gold costs stay high?


U.S. imposes sanctions on Russian gold miners

– United Arab Emirates cashes in as Russian sanctions bite


G7 nonetheless discussing Russian diamond sanctions

– Indian trade nonetheless frightened about them

– Antwerp nonetheless against them

– Russian coloured stones still being sold  (subscription)

– John Jaffay: So what’s the deal here?


Michael Schechter: What freshwater pearls can train us about lab-grown


Lightbox opens first idea store


Diamond trade trends and predictions


De Beers CEO optimistic about Botswana deal

– Desires to accomplice with Botswana in jewelry retail market  (subscription)

– Botswana president not backing down, threatening litigation

– HB Antwerp hopes Botswana deal will usher in “more transparency”

– Richard Chetwode: Has Botswana gone rogue?

– Victoria Gomelsky’s report from Botswana


Namibian newspaper requires extra domestic cutting

– Angola desires beneficiation, too

– Marange nonetheless not seeing a lot profit from its diamonds


De Beers CEO hails $2 billion funding in South Africa

– Speaks at opening of South African industrial zone (video)

– South African mining minister: De Beers left “too many holes”


How De Beers is rehabbing the Victor mine in Canada


De Beers sees “progress” in sustainability goals


Indian staff despatched on unpaid “vacation”


How synthetic intelligence will affect diamond grading


How jewelers could make the most of ChatGPT


QRate sells Zulilly to investment firm


Singapore bespoke jeweler Madly raises venture funds


Swarovski CEO on luxurious business in China


Genderless jewellery new “high jewelry frontier”


Jewelers Vigilance Committee particulars “Made in the USA” rules


Daniel’s Jewelers makes jewellery “accessible”


Gen Z loves Rolex, Patek Philippe


Interview with Ben Bridge CEO Lisa Bridge


Hearts on Fireplace named Rita Maltez world president

– Hearts on Fireplace beefs up gross sales workforce


Audemars Piguet appoints new CEO


LVMH appoints new chief omnichannel and data officer


Bruce Rubin named senior VP of Frederick Goldman


Hunter Tivol McGarth takes over household retailer 


Jocelyn Zimmer turns into president of Zimmer Brothers


Stanley Zale joins Hill & Co.


Signet appoints new senior VP, investor relations


Hoover & Sturdy provides members to its sales team


Veer names Pat Henneberry as head of enterprise improvement 


Terry Castro’s son on sustaining his father’s legacy


Palm Springs luxurious jewellery government homicide case heads to trial


Man sentenced for working jewelry-related Ponzi scheme


The ugly battle over huge Brinks jewelry robbery

Inside job?


Miners use warfare weapons to hunt uncommon jewels in Afghanistan (video)


Proliferating gold mines in Venezuela present “grueling, dangerous work”

– How Venezuelan gold is trafficked through Brazil


Signet’s conflict minerals report


World Diamond Council president hails Kimberley Process “diversity”

– KP Civil Society Coalition sees “little cause for celebration”


Regardless of Nazi shadow, Christie’s sale units $202 million record

– Yad Vashem rejects Christie’s donation


Sotheby’s to public sale Mellon household jewels


Final emperor of China’s watch sells for $6.2 million


New Koh-i-Noor exhibit calls it “symbol of conquest”

– What the crown jewels reveal about Britain’s colonial past


Interview with biographer of Harry Oppenheimer


How Houston jeweler Johnny Dang grew to become “king of bling”


Rihanna rocks a large diamond on her toe


Girl finds ring she purchased for nothing isn’t worth that much


“Horrifying second” as bride realizes large diamond is missing from ring


Bride learns engagement ring incorporates a part of her tooth


Media Watch

The New York Occasions on the usage of black in jewelry, the Mikimoto pearl farm, lab-grown diamond “mourning jewelry,” seashells offered with gems, Maria Callas’ jewels, jewellery manufacturers adapting to the digital age, and jewellery inspired by bugs


From the Podcast

The Jewellery District, Episode 96: Tiffany’s New Flagship, AGS Conclave and AI, JCK Las Vegas Preview



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