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Aug. 11 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup


This week: Big watch retailers want to buy stores, but no one’s selling. Amazon cuts dozens of private-label brands. And a marriage proposal involves a fake arrest. All below.


IGI’s longtime CEO Roland Lorie steps down


Brilliant Earth’s sales rise, but profits fall

– Earnings call transcript

– Brilliant Earth investors have lost 40% over last year


Edahn Golan: Jewelry sales down in July, lab-growns approach 50% mark

– Steven Singer gives away 100 lab-grown diamonds


Tapestry-Capri merger to create fourth largest luxury conglomerate

– Merger involves substantial debt

– Why LVMH isn’t worried 


Report: LVMH looking to buy Bergdorf Goodman (subscription)


Saks delays payments to brands (subscription)


Neiman Marcus exec changes points to greater customer focus

– Neiman restructures corporate office (subscription)


Watches of Switzerland, Bucherer can’t find stores to take over


Shopify, eBay, Etsy using artificial intelligence


Survey suggests TikTok is prime watch influencer


YouTube personality Jaclyn Hill closes jewelry line


Digital interactions now regular part of a jewelry sale


Amazon cuts dozens of private-label brands


PC Jeweller: From shining star to insolvency?


The RealReal’s reset aims for smaller, more profitable business


James Avery claims Luca + Danni copied design


Jeweler pleads guilty to not reporting high-dollar cash transactions


Report: OFAC holding $26 million in diamonds over Russia sanctions
(Some have disputed this report, and I hope to bring you more on it next week.)


Indian diamond traders explore non-U.S. markets

– Surat diamond exports fall amid sluggish global demand


Lucara finds 1,080-carat diamond at Botswana mine

– Lucara sales drop


Lab-grown diamond market grows in Korea


Adamas One buys lab-grown manufacturer, hires new VP


Sotheby’s taps Geoffrey Hess to head Americas watch department


Interview with Ronald Winston about his father, Harry


Kim International founder dies


Rio Tinto building Canada’s largest solar plant to power Diavik mine


Can recycled gold be an ethical gold source?


“Greenwashing” replaced by “greenhushing” (subscription)


Report: Diamond dealer Louis Liebenberg bankrolled Zuma’s legal quests (subscription)


The New York Times‘ “brief history of bling”


A look at the “all-diamond” ring


Frederique Constant’s stealthy success


Van Cleef & Arpels goes on grand tour


Pandora taps actress Ashley Park as global ambassador


Rihanna wears a watch choker


Madonna dresses up in corsets and diamonds


Bachelor in Paradise vet gets a lab-grown 4 ct. oval


Nine watch brands tech millionaires love


Which timepieces are worn in Barbie and Oppenheimer?


Jeweler accuses singer YK Osiris of stealing $20,000 Audemars Piguet


Bride tells mother-in-law her ring is “cursed”


Man fakes his arrest in marriage proposal


Miss Manners on political considerations when buying an engagement ring


From the Blog

Interview With Ronald Winston, on His Father Harry


From the Podcast     

The Jewelry District, Episode 101: Guest Jeffrey Post


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By: Rob Bates

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