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Aug. 18 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup


This week: Lab-grown diamond exports fall. Diamond District lawsuit stalls planned hotel. And chatter about Meghan Markle’s earrings—and lack of ring. All below.


What recession? Summer’s economy is hot

– Economists scale back recession predictions

– Costco execs see a telling sign


But there may be a “richcession”

– Aspirational customers pull back


Nine states pass law to crack down on retail crime


Exports of lab-grown diamonds fall 28%

Business Insider notices LGD prices are falling

– Brand offers 100% refund for lab-grown diamonds

– Lab-growns may not be as sustainable as you think


Pandora expands lab-grown diamond line, changes its name

– Pandora’s U.S. sales improve in second quarter

– Earnings call transcript


Flawed diamonds see a “complex downturn”


De Beers loosens buying rules as inventories accumulate


De Beers aids employees amid wildfires in Canada’s Northwest Territories

– Maui Divers raises $1.3 million for victims of wildfires


Russian miner Alrosa’s sales hold up despite sanctions

– Sanctions causing “upheaval” in Surat


Everledger is alive—and working with Signet


“American LVMH”? New merger combines six luxury fashion brands


Tacori appoints Roeya Vaughan as new CEO


Eira Thomas steps down as CEO of Lucara Diamond


Former De Beers chair Julian Ogilvie Thompson dies


Rogers VP of merchandising Dominick Sorresso dies


Jennifer Markas joins Jewelers Mutual


Natural Diamond Council appoints head of PR


Avi Krawitz interviews head of South African diamond startup (audio)


Diamond District real estate battle comes down to inches


Diamonds, and Jewish traditions, continue in Diamond District


“Diehards” keep tradition alive in Antwerp diamond industry


Mother and son bond over diamonds in Antwerp


New series about jewelry theft, Everybody Loves Diamonds, set for Amazon Prime Video


Rough Diamonds TV show not always accurate about money laundering


U.S. seeks forfeiture of diamonds, artwork from reputed Hezbollah-linked dealer


British Museum fires worker after gems go missing


Madagascar president’s chief of staff allegedly sought bribe from Gemfields


Brazil police raid Bolsonaro aides over sale of jewelry gifts


Retired professor charged with stealing jewelry from wealthy friends


Man held for smuggling diamonds in tea powder pouches


Zimbabwe stockpiles 300,000 carats of diamonds


People throng Indian village to hunt diamonds


Diavik Mine to be solar-powered


Watchmakers say they’re going green—but is it enough?


The “false premise” of using artificial intelligence in watch design


Watch shows have never been more important and popular


How MB&F creates groundbreaking watches


People say Jacob the Jeweler’s watch looks like a toy


Meghan Markle slammed for “misleading” people by wearing lab-grown diamonds

– Markle spotted without engagement ring, sparking divorce rumors


Billie Eilish “stuns fans” with her diamond teeth grills


Busta Rhymes gifts Scar Lip her first diamond chain


Twins who married twins now hosting wedding-themed jewelry show


Prince’s timepieces up for sale (probably)


Woman’s attempt to take off ring turns into “horror story”


Philadelphia jeweler wants to create “wearable joy”


Gemstones “spill the beans” on ancient trade routes


University of Alabama scientists creating diamonds for industrial purposes


From the Podcast     

The Jewelry District, Episode 102: Barbie, Fall Fashion, Retail Rebirth, Sale of IGI, Hip-Hop


Have a great weekend!


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