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April 19 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


This week: De Beers gets high-powered lobbyist. Rolex shouldn’t dismiss Watches and Wonders “pirates.” And Amazon put up secret company to get intel on rivals. All below.


Unique Designs acquires China Pearl


Platforms merge as EveryWatch buys Watch Auction HQ

– There’s more data available in Swiss watch industry (by Victoria Gomelsky)


What Rolex got wrong about Watches and Wonders

– Trade fair adds third public day

– London Jewelers family gives show verdict


Swiss watch exports plunge

– How women are driving the luxury watch market


De Beers’ diamond sales rise

– Diamond trade remains cautious

– Surat polishers feeling pinch from China slowdown


Lab-grown margins may be high, but profits aren’t

– Some luxury brands warming up to lab-grown (subscription)

– LVMH not planning to use synthetics in any significant way


AGTA expects little impact from lab-grown trade show ban


U.K. lab-grown diamond ruling shows why words matter


Citibank says gold price could hit $3,000

– Goldman Sachs predicts $2,700

– Lots of trade-ins in Minnesota


Chow Tai Fook sees sales jump amid gold price rise

– Considering brand revamp


Direct-to-consumer brand Dorsey growing profitably


LVMH jewelry, watch sales slip 5%

– Conglomerate accounts for bigger share of French exports than agricultural sector (subscription)

– Two Arnault sons join board


AWDC names interim CEO to replace Ari Epstein

– Resignation highlights tension over sanctions (video)


Report: Belgium letting in Russian industrial diamonds


Former British diplomat now lobbying for De Beers on G7 issue (subscription)


Zimbabwe’s diamond legacy following U.S. sanctions


Amazon ran secret company to gather intel on rivals


Michigan jeweler accused of acting as “fence”


Jeweler who allegedly sold fake paintings now allegedly selling fake diamonds


More than $500,000 in counterfeit jewelry seized in Ohio


Arrests made in largest gold heist in Canadian history


Vietnamese jewelers wary of government inspection


Businessman files case against Surat jeweler claiming gold fraud


Chrome Hearts says Crocs is infringing on its trademark


Court orders final liquidation of diamond dealer Louis Liebenberg’s company


Grand jury to hear case of jeweler charged in fatal show following IJO show


DeScenza Diamonds owner dies at 95


Patek specialist Kelly Yoch joins e-tailer Collectability


De Beers Jewellers appoints new managing director for North America


Adamas One hires advisory board for diamond tech


John Carter wins AGS’ Robert M. Shipley Award


Savannah Bananas founder tells AGS members how to stand out


A Broadway lovers’ guide to jewelry


Madeleine Albright’s famous brooches to be auctioned


Jenna Bush Hager lost her ring at New York City airport


Angel Reese wears diamond grill at 2024 WNBA draft


Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo costar in steamy new jewelry campaign


New York jeweler has enviable car collection


Diamond ring lost, then found on beach (video)


From the Blog

U.K. Lab-Grown Diamond Ruling Shows Why Words Matter

From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 119: Guest Nancy Leach


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By: Rob Bates

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