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April 29 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


I had a lot of fun talking with Avi Krawitz for the Rapaport Diamond Podcast. We talked about Russian diamonds, the JCK Show, and, of course, my new book, because I have to mention that all the time now. Check the episode out here.

This week: Is Rolex rolling out a pre-owned watch plan? A brazen heist in the Diamond District. The 91-year-old jeweler who still loves coming to work. All below.


Jewelry likely to dominate Mother’s Day sales.

– Jewelry sales coming down from pandemic peak, panel says.


JSA offers $5,000 reward for 2022’s first jewelry-related homicide.

– Jewelry thieves nab $450,000 in brazen Diamond District heist.

– New York jeweler charged with money laundering.


J.C. Penney owner wants to buy Kohl’s: report.


Is Rolex rolling out a certified pre-owned watch plan?


Brilliant Earth removes ad following Blue Nile challenge.

– Blue Nile to open showroom in Houston.

– Brilliant Earth opens showroom in Bethesda, Md.


Diamond world “scrambling” to buy Russian gems.

– Current Russian sanction rules “murky,” JVC says.

– Russian government may buy Alrosa gems.

– New U.K. trade sanctions hit Russian caviar and diamonds.

– Nebraska TV station covers issue.


Diavik begins winding down diamond mine.


De Beers returns sights to Botswana as travel opens up.


De Beers Blue sells for $57.5 million at Sotheby’s.


“Why diamond miners are moving downstream.”


Petra seeks buyer for South African mine.


Many huge diamonds found each year. Why?


GIA expanding diamond source verification service.


TAG Heuer watch uses lab-grown diamonds.


Jewelry designers listening to consumers who want larger-size options.


Robert Irwin Jewelers offers digital insurance.


Is BeReal Gen Z’s next hot app?

Jewelry District interview with Gen Z expert Ziad Ahmed.


Fawaz Gruosi leaves role at eponymous brand.


Bonhams hires jewelry chief in Hong Kong.


Kate Maller Jewelry hires Todd Reed veteran.


Facets of Fire names new vice president of client relations.


The Knot hires former Uber chief marketing officer to head marketing.


Craig Underwood wins AGS’ Shipley Award.


Synthetic alexandrite pioneer David Patterson dies.


Buffalo jeweler Antonio Celi dies at 83.


Jeweler Ray Crinzi is 91-years-old and still goes into work every day.


Kristin Cavallari is “most proud” of her jewelry company.


Gal Gadot is Tiffany & Co.’s newest ambassador.


Bella Hadid wears 24 cts. of diamonds in her opera gloves.


Kate Middleton borrows sister Pippa’s wedding day diamonds for royal engagement.


Shakespeare jewelry for the Bard lover in your life.


Media Watch

CNN: Lab-grown sales are “surging.”


From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 68: Guest Ziad Ahmed


Have a great weekend.


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By: Rob Bates

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