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Cutting Remarks
A roundup of trends and news in the diamond industry.
April 18, 2014
Next week, I will be attending—and emceeing—the American Gem Conclave in San Diego, Calif. Should be a lot of fun. Hope to see some of you there! More information on the Conclave here.This week:...
April 18, 2014
It’s one of the oldest clichés: Don’t judge a book by its cover. And yet, that is especially tricky in this industry, which is devoted to providing a nicer cover for a customer’s book. In the...
April 17, 2014
Last week, Israel Diamond Exchange unveiled a new slogan: “Natural is real.” The slogan is a clever play on the word Israel, and a less-clever poke in the eye to lab-grown diamond producers, who do,...
April 11, 2014
First some self-promotion: Today, from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m, I will be a moderating a panel on Fair Trade: Artisanal Miners, Traceability, and the Marketplace that will cover ethical issues...
April 11, 2014
You may remember Supplier of Choice. It was the De Beers policy designed to set the industry up for the post-cartel world. It billed itself as transparent, open, and objective. No longer would the...
April 9, 2014
There’s a lot of talk about whether rough should be traded in Antwerp or Dubai. But in the last year, a new market has emerged that could prove equally significant­—online.After two decades as a...
April 4, 2014
First, some self-promotion: On April 11 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m, I will be a moderating a panel on “Fair Trade: Artisanal Miners, Traceability, and the Marketplace” that will cover ethical issues...
April 4, 2014
Promoters of synthetic diamonds often argue that if all diamonds are grown in a lab, that would eliminate blood diamonds. The problem with that logic, which is recognized by most NGOs active on this...
April 3, 2014
Last week came word that a document is being circulated trying to raise money for Hearts On Fire, suggesting the company is seeking new investors. According to spokeswoman Angie Kielt: “Hearts On...
March 28, 2014
This week: Is owner pulling plug on Sears? Indian diamond firm goes bust in Antwerp. Controversy involving Harry Reid’s granddaughter’s jewelry. All below. Jewelry crime fell 8.1 percent in 2013...
March 28, 2014
With Baselworld here, various news sources have asked watchmakers their opinions of smartwatches. The answers are mostly the same. Here’s The New York Times, quoting Swatch CEO Nick Hayek:
March 26, 2014
Some further thoughts stemming from last week’s post on Antwerp and Zimbabwe:
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