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April 5 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


This week: Is one out of every two lab-grown diamonds produced in China? Retail and the death of the middle class. And Taylor Swift really loves wearing jewelry. All below.


IGI could go public with Indian IPO, report says


Indian government complains about Russian diamond ban

– Despite Ukraine war, Russia and the West still working together on Kimberley Process


Chinese TV says country produces one out of every two synthetic diamonds (video)

– Lab-grown price declines expected to continue


Charles & Colvard doubling down on moissanite


Indian jewelry chains find lack of consumer interest in lab-growns


India’s Limelight Lab Grown receives $1 million investment


Surat diamond bourse starts courting smaller merchants


Paul Zimnisky: How discounting could hurt natural diamonds

– Natural Diamond Council launching new campaign (audio)

– Rapaport sees price hike for lower-clarity diamonds


Renard diamond mine purchased by lithium company

– The Quebec diamond adventure is coming to an end


Five takeaways from NRF’s retail presentation

– What the death of the middle class means for retail

– Consumers won’t stop “revenge spending”


A lot of Gen Zers really want a Rolex


The case for long-term exclusive agreements between watch brands and retailers


Most people still prefer to shop in-store

– What’s the future of luxury online shopping?


Signet begins advanced share buyback, reducing debt ratio

– Why Brilliant Earth has been outpacing Signet (video)


Gold price continues to soar

– $3,000 an ounce “only a matter of time”


Gold price increase hurting sales in India

– Despite gold’s rise, Indian jewelry stocks underperform


Indian jewelry retailers set to expand


Indian jewelry brands increasingly using robots


Richemont-owned Chinese jewelry brand Qeelin turns 20


LVMH aims to shape pop culture


What is really driving luxury brands’ focus on warranties and repairs


Why celebrities invest in watch companies


Interview with new CEO of the 1916 Company


Interview with new CEO of Chronext


Movado appoints new president of North American sales


Texas Monthly has the story of jewel thief that targeted Dallas high society


Toronto jeweler arrested for not returning goods


LBMA lets in “dirty gold,” say human rights groups


Shipment of counterfeit jewelry seized in Minneapolis


Australian retailer Michael Hill appeals verdict in packaging dispute

– Establishes Michael Hill Foundation


NYC comptroller criticizes diamond district BID

Full audit


B Corp organization toughens certification criteria


Hip-hop jewelry exhibit coming to New York’s Museum of Natural History

– Top five hip-hop jewelers


GQ is very excited about Usher’s diamond-studded Chopard


Taylor Swift has worn over $140,000 in jewelry so far this year


Emili Vesilind tells the story of Bob Marley’s sacred ring


Yankees don’t want outfielder wearing so many necklaces


Peru’s president’s jewelry collection becomes a scandal


Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter attends Cartier bash


Review of the art in Tiffany’s New York flagship


Chanel’s new jewelry and watch flagship pays tribute to famous founder


Temple St. Clair’s New York shop feels Italian


De Beers gets okay for new pension scheme


Canada’s mild winter disrupts “ice road” to diamond mines


Zimbabwe commits to transparent trade in diamonds


New beetle species identified at Orapa mine in Botswana


Archeologists discover Roman villa filled with jewelry


What to do with engagement ring intended for girlfriend who cheated


Elderly man takes jewelry class, and now people believe in love again


Shopper finds cashier’s lost diamond ring in store bag


Boy picks up piece of metal, and it turns out to be a rare treasure


Man hides engagement ring in treasure chest during escape room proposal


Media Watch

The New York Times on gem- and jewelry-themed tours (written by JCK’s Amy Elliott) and Portuguese jeweler Rosior

Daily Mail look at Fabergé eggs, “the ultimate Easter gift”

FT goes in search of Graff’s “Green Lady”

PopSugar on “divorce rings”


From the Podcast   
The Jewelry District, Episode 118: 24 Karat Weekend, Diamond Sanctions, John Kennedy



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By: Rob Bates

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