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April 12 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


Hi, everyone. I will be appearing on a panel at the AGS Conclave in Austin, Texas, next week—“360 Degree View of 2024: Industry Market Outlook, Expert Insights, and Business Opportunities,” on Monday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m. Central time. Hope to see you there,

This week: Do you want your watch to smell like perfume? Jewelry warns you if someone’s invading your personal space. And a baker may have dropped a diamond in the cookies. All below.


Lab-grown sellers need to change ads, U.K. watchdog says

– London Diamond Bourse celebrates ruling

– Skydiamond vows to appeal


AGTA says no synthetic selling at shows

– Robert James disagrees with ban


Diamond cutter claims it was misled by WD Lab Grown


Tenoris: March jewelry sales weak, lab-grown revenue issues continue

– Avi Krawitz: “Signet’s growing synthetics problem”


L.A. highway thefts shock jewelers


Gold price soars past $2,400

– Analysts confused

– How China is driving up gold price

– Record highs are hurting jewelry sales


Watch brands hope for trade show boost

– Rolex CEO thinks 2024 will be “a challenge”

– Gen Z watch fans ready to splurge, study finds


Are watchmakers backtracking on green initiatives?


Botswana wants G7 to revise Russian sanctions plan

– President Masisi says he was ready to walk away from De Beers


Ari Epstein steps down as head of AWDC


Steven Rosdal, Hyde Park Jewelers cofounder, dies


U.K. “singing jeweler” dies


FT interviews new CEOs at Audemars Piguet, Zenith

New York Times story on Audemars CEO (by JCK’s Victoria Gomelsky)


Kering CEO’s grandson claims seat on Christie’s board “in major succession move


Christie’s redefines luxury as “self-fulfillment”


China’s diamond market shifts


Why are Kering and Gucci down but LVMH up?


Luxury turns to Gen Z

– Kearney charts luxury changes ahead


How luxury brands are getting consumers back into stores


Luxury brands increasingly use the printed words as promotion


Perfumers collaborate with luxury houses

– Are fragranced watches the future?


Small size grows in importance in watch world (by Victoria Gomelsky)

– Bulgari recaptures crown for world’s thinnest watch


Vacheron Constantin beats its own record for most complicated watch


Michael Hill debuting “reimagined vision for the brand

– Wants to be “jeweler that cares”


JCPenney trumpets $1 billion “refresh”


Macy’s open books for possible buyout


Department stores face squeeze from credit card revenue


Dubai jeweler unveils the world’s first 24k gold note


Alaska sues EPA over Pebble mine restrictions


Petra sells Koffiefontein mine to Stargems


Zimbabwe citizens hope to benefit from diamond industry (video)


Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition issues declaration on Central African Republic


Botswana Diamonds to use AI in search of new deposits


Jewelry warns you when your personal space will be invaded


Offbeat vintage luxury watches on the block at Sotheby’s


Where to hang out in Swiss watch world


Gem-A polishes educational credentials


Swarovski’s Rhode Island headquarters sells for nearly $9 million


Report: Van Cleef & Arpels wired $150,000 to wrong person, wants it back


Bereaved Israeli father gives diamonds to soldiers


The “surfer dude” behind famous jewel heist


Emili Vesilind looks at Edie Sedgwick, earring influencer


Lady Gaga sparks engagement rumors with huge diamond ring


Gemma Collins has “concerns” about new ring


Kourtney Kardashian post jokes about “iconic” lost diamond earring


Bakery asks customers to check cookies for missing diamond


Media Watch

Robb Report: Victoria Gomelsky on lab-grown diamonds


From the Podcast   
The Jewelry District, Episode 119: Guest Nancy Leach



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Have a good weekend.


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By: Rob Bates

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