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April 7 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup 


This week: Amazon using De Beers’ Element Six for new diamond tech project. Hodinkee on what makes a watch “tacky.” New looks at how Jewish and Jain dealers became a big force in the diamond business. All below.


GIA backtracks on paperless program

– Dealers complain to Rapaport and Idex


Is Botswana’s deal with HB Antwerp a threat to De Beers?

– Are Botswana and De Beers headed for a breakup?

– De Beers eyes “massive investment”

– Botswana worries about Russian sanctions


Amazon growing diamond with De Beers’ Element Six

– Hopes to “revolutionize computer networks”

– Looking for edge in “cloud war”


In survey, 42% of jewelers report sales gains in February


U.K. diamond jewelry retailer Vashi goes into liquidation


Gismondi 1754 acquires Vendorafa from LVMH


Monica Vinader gets new investment after private equity deal


Roland Naftule, gem dealer and dedicated industry official, dies

– Martin Rapaport says thanks

– Tributes from AGTA and ICA


Noted jeweler Bill Underwood dies


Sophie Quy becomes international CEO of Suzanne Kalan


Borsheims promotes two executives


JBT names Richline’s Richard Katz chairman


Joe Purnell joins Brilliant Elements


Q&A with chairman of Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council


The $30 million ruby: 55 ct. gem may shatter records


Patek Philippe’s pruning a “warning to the industry”


Demand weakening for watches outside the big four


Head of a watch magazine on what makes a watch “tacky”


The most Gen-Z-appropriate watches from Watches and Wonders


Cartier increasing production capacity, CEO says


The luxury logo boom “is over”


Luxury tuxedo rental company enters wedding ring business


Gangs make a mint selling stolen watches on WhatsApp


Tiffany plays April Fools’ prank: diamond-encrusted sneakers


Diamond Foundry wants “50-year-lease”


Zimbabwe diamond miner Andin accused of damaging environment


More questions about ZCDC deal

– Local community applies to global watchdog


Lucara responds to union allegations


TikTok user goes viral with formula on how to stack jewelry


Rick Ross shows off 129 ct. billionaire Jacob & Co. watch


Rhianna wears football jersey with “oodles of diamonds”


Hailey Bieber poses in $10,750 diamond bra


Bolsonaro testifies to Brazilian investigators in Saudi jewelry scandal


Fact check: Kris Aquino did not steal Imelda Marcos’ jewelry


Harry Winston’s New York apartment hits the market for $28 million


New book looks at connection between diamonds and Judiasm

– How Jains captured global diamond trade


1,800-year-old gold jewelry unearthed in Jerusalem burial cave


Media Watch

Moneywise on lab-grown diamonds

“Telling a story through bespoke jewelry” (video)


From the Blog

Is Botswana’s Deal With HB Antwerp a Threat to De Beers?

Are Botswana and De Beers Headed for a Breakup?


From the Podcast
The Jewelry District, Episode 92: 24 Karat Weekend, Russian Diamonds, and Lab-Grown Diamond Quality


Have a great weekend!


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By: Rob Bates

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