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April 28 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup 


This week: There are a lot of fake “handmade” pieces on Etsy. The Nazi cloud hanging over a Christie’s sale. And Russia’s getting back in the synthetic diamond business. All below.


Corporate economists still don’t see a recession

– Could the U.S. banking crisis affect the diamond industry?

– Signet CEO sees “bright skies ahead”


Tejas Shah steps down as head of Unique Designs


Brilliant Earth has doubled its number of showrooms in a year


Industry groups ask FTC crack down on use of “sustainable”

– Is secondhand apparel really good for the planet?


Etsy sellers offering “fake handmake pieces”


Amazon investigates after high-value orders switched during delivery


Is watch theft increase just a media panic?

– How do dealers spot fake Rolexes? (video)


Sotheby’s let customers avoid paying sales tax, AG claims


“Nazi cloud” hangs over Christie’s jewelry sale


Belgian Parliament committee approves Russian diamond ban

– Belgium’s mood is turning

– Does technology hold the answer?

– Antwerp touting origin program Spacecode


Russia to create industrial cluster for production of synthetic diamonds


Chanel says it’s not seeking IPO


Tiffany reopens to “Fifth Avenue in flux”

– Promotional video and Gal Gadot ribbon cutting

– Tour from Robb Report

– Will LVMH see return on investment?


LVMH shifting out of Hong Kong as luxury shoppers stay home


Van Cleef & Arpels to open new jewelry workshops


Interview with head of Pandora in Ireland and United Kingdom


Swavorski CEO’s plan to “shock and dazzle” (subscription)


Charles & Colvard regains compliance with Nasdaq requirements


Lab-grown diamonds are a “separate category”

Fashionista writes what I sincerely hope is the last word on lab-grown versus natural diamonds


New Ekati mine owner will let old owners hold about 20%


De Beers’ production flat in first quarter


Namdeb turns to renewable energy


De Beers says reclaimed Victor mine will look “natural”


Lesotho rebuts charges of Kimberley Process noncompliance


Zimbabwe to issue gold-back digital currency


California gold seekers “giddy” after heavy rains


How Bed, Bath & Beyond alienated suppliers

– Died a “very dumb” death

– Too many coupons?


J.C. Penney promotes Katie Mullen to chief customer officer


Watch & Jewellery Initiative announces new board members


Eiseman Jewelers appoints new president


Seiko and Citizen veteran Ralph Bembridge dies


Robert Goodman Jewelers gains fans (mostly) with political stands


Jeweler, tech impresario have issues merging their art collections


Houston jewelry lets shoppers try on crown jewels


“Evil eye” jewelry used to protect a young girl 1,800 years ago is unveiled in Israel


Floyd Mayweather Jr. wore a $1 million diamond-studded hat to Vegas boxing match


No one has noticed Naomi Watts’ engagement ring for weeks


From the Blog

Industry Groups Ask FTC to Crack Down on Use of “Sustainable”


From the Podcast
The Jewelry District, Episode 94: Tiffany’s Reopening, Watches and Wonders, Signet’s Investor Day


Have a great weekend!


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By: Rob Bates

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