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Aug. 19 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup  


This week: Planned Diamond District hotel ends up in legal dispute. Indian diamond company comes under legal lens. And the best American watchmakers. All below.


Jewelry market cools in July

– Ultra-rich are still “shopping for luxury”


Why Blue Nile’s rebirth sputtered


Pandora bringing lab-grown diamonds to U.S. stores

– Pandora’s U.S. sales down 12%

– CEO calls business “recession proof”

– Pandora appoints new chief marketing officer

– “Recycled gold: beyond the PR”

Fast Company is impressed


WWD: “Newcomer jewelers” embracing lab


More consumers proposing with nontraditional engagement rings


Paul Zimnisky: Supply chain transparency “game changer” for diamond industry

– Australian laboratory develops diamond “fingerprint”


Sarine rolls out in-house grading

– Podcast on artificial intelligence and diamonds


Sotheby’s to sell NFT jewelry item at upcoming auction


Richemont wants to keep ex-Bulgari CEO off board


Swiss watch exports hit eight-year high

– Watches of Switzerland’s U.S. sales double in first quarter

– Still long waiting lists for Rolexes


Consignment still “touchy” for jewelry creators


Sarena Williams Jewelry debuts direct-to-consumer website


Mikimoto refreshes California boutiques


Cartier closing store in Chicago’s Michigan Ave.; Swarovski moving next door


How listening can boost jewelers’ sales


J.C. Penney appoints new chief financial officer


Kohl’s gets new chief marketing officer


Hodinkee editor Jack Forster decamps to WatchBox


The “mystery behind the Diamond Dealers Club of Australia”


Diamond District hotel mired in legal dispute


Indian authorities say “N-Group” has cost tax losses


Gupta-linked diamond seller raided in Johannesburg


Russian sanctions prove a blessing for Gem Diamonds


New Jersey man arrested for allegedly conning woman into buying $330,000 in gold bars


The accused killer of “Hutch the Jeweler” and his bad-luck cellphone story


New jewelry scams involve pickpocketing


Saudi Arabia’s jewelry sector tops economic activities


Indian jewelry stocks are looking good


Audemars Piguet’s “quiet path toward sustainability”


Moyo Gems celebrates three-year anniversary


Young social media users abandoning Facebook


Profile of former JCK editor Monica McLaughlin’s jewelry Substack


Jewels from famed Spanish shipwreck go on display


Jewelry that grows “like flowers on a vine”


Q&A with jewelry studio director Jeff Georgantes


The best American watchmakers


Kate Middleton changed engagement ring to “avoid her worst nightmare”


Jake Paul spent $20,000 on custom diamond ring with “taunting message”


Millie Bobby Brown sparks engagement rumors with diamond ring


Metal detector enthusiast finds lost wedding ring at New Hampshire beach


Boy finds jewelry box of woman who lost everything in flood


Elderly woman reunited with her 60-year-old engagement ring


Woman stirs controversy for wanting to buy her own engagement ring


Media Watch

The New York Times on Russian diamonds

CNN and Fortune India on lab-grown diamonds

Axios profiles Atlanta jeweler Icebox


From the Blog

Why Blue Nile’s Rebirth Sputtered


From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 76: Mark Smelzer




Have a nice weekend!


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By: Rob Bates

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