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April 21 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup 


This week: How much have lab-grown diamond wholesale prices fallen? TikTok feuds modernize the diamond district. And a new Netflix series will be set in the Antwerp diamond industry. All below.


Signet doesn’t see any more major acquisitions

– Predicts $10 billion in sales from wedding rebound

–  No longer “mall retailer”

– Shows strength in omnichannel

– CEO Drosos gets love-bombed on Mad Money (video)


Australian jeweler Michael Hill buys local rival


Tiffany reopens New York City flagship

WWD’s “floor-by-floor guide”


David’s Bridal files for bankruptcy, plans to fire 9,000


Diamond dealer, associates charged with violating U.S. sanctions

– U.S. sanctions diamond companies for ties to alleged Hezbollah funder

– Press releases from Justice Department and Treasury Department 

– All those added to OFAC list


Avi Krawitz deep dive into Botswana–De Beers divide

– HB Antwerp deal caught in “political crossfire” (subscription)

– New De Beers CEO posts about visit to India and diamonds in speakers


Do natural diamonds really have “inherent value”?

– posts new “diamond facts”


The “new” diamond district, complete with TikTok feuds


Diavik “misunderstood” spill reporting requirements


Lab-grown wholesale prices have fallen 85%


Opposition says Indian government let Jatin Mehta flee because of connection to Adani

– Says Mehta’s shell firms pumped money into Adani

– Deep dive into Winsome Diamonds saga: parts 1 and 2


Tom Chatham writes book about his family


Gold price goes over $2,000 again


We are past watch world “insanity”


Swiss watch leaders eager to make up for “lost time in China” (by Victoria Gomelsky)

– Smaller watches become biggest timepiece trend


Cartier tries virtual try-on device


The reputations of leading luxury brands have fallen


New Netflix series covers Antwerp diamond district


Ex–UFC fighter accused of stealing jewelry


Delaware jeweler William Minster dies


Walmart U.S. chief merchandising officer steps down


John Antonacci promoted at Gannon & Scott


Yondor Diamonds taps Venus Jewel vet to head Indian office


JVC adds Dallow, Holtzman, Zerouki to board


Brilliant Earth opens new showroom in Southern California


A 116 ct. tsavorite is now in the Smithsonian


Giant pink diamond discovered in Lesotho


50,900-diamond ring sets world record


Brides gives advice on hiding an engagement-ring box


Media Watch

Financial Times on alternative engagement rings, Lebanese jewelers, and the industry’s “blue period”


From the Blog

Signet Doesn’t See Any More Major Acquisitions


From the Podcast
The Jewelry District, Episode 93: Guests Feriel Zerouki and Mahiar Borhanjoo



Have a great weekend!


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By: Rob Bates

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