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Aug. 25 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


I will be on vacation next week, and this feature will not run. Have a great end of summer, and we’ll pick everything up in September.

This week: Should you buy diamonds for friends? Authorities investigate closing of Pittsburgh store. And the real story of the Titanic necklace. All below.


Rolex buys retailer and manufacturer Bucherer

– What happens next?

– Watches of Switzerland says it’s not moving into retail

– Regardless, Reuters thinks it’s a “ticking time bomb”


Are Swiss watchmakers running a race to the bottom?


Titan Company purchases remaining shares of CaratLane

– How CaratLane mimicked Blue Nile—then surpassed it


Ad watchdog says Agape Diamonds needs to beef up disclosure


Retailers’ growing lab-grown doubts

– Lab-grown diamonds continue to appeal, despite falling prices

– In Hong Kong they still prefer naturals

– Steven Singer talks about anti-lab-grown promotion


The natural diamond industry’s oversupply challenge


The Atlantic looks at buying diamonds for friends


Fears of executive purge at Debswana (subscription)


Lucara finds another big diamond at Karowe

– Appoints extension of working capital facility


Filmmakers chronicle “disruption” in Botswana diamond industry


The Times: Is recycled gold better than mined?


Martin Rapaport on synthetics sold as naturals (video)


Gem-A warns about fraudulent certificates

– A “brushing” scam?


Detectives investigating Pittsburgh store after sudden closure


A Saudi Rolex sold in a U.S. mall could get Jair Bolsonaro arrested


Half a billion dollars worth of stolen Rolexes are in circulation

– Rolex tops list of most stolen luxury watches


Rare Fabergé seized on Russian oligarch’s yacht


Lab-grown startup Diamond Lab hires new chairman


IJO names Stephen Barnes as president


Swarovski appoints chief legal and compliance officer


Macy’s hires chief customer and digital officer

– Macy’s opens four more smaller stores


Michael Hill sales fall


Interview with Tiffany & Co. chief gemologist Victoria Reynolds

– A look at Tiffany traceability


Local paper profiles Ronald Winston


Sotheby’s opens Freddie Mercury’s jewelry box to the public


Blake Lively jokes about being a jewelry designer


Love Is Blind star Bartise Bowden had to rip his permanent jewelry off


Zooey Deschanel’s engagement ring is very “on-brand”


Emily Ratajkowski wears diamond necklace with her toddler’s face on it


Don’t read too much into Meghan Markle not wearing engagement ring


Why Ivanka Trump is often seen without her wedding ring


Video on how diamonds are made


TikTokers are making jewelry out of…uh…


The Wall Street Journal says foot jewelry is in fashion now (subscription)


A 6-year-old jewelry entrepreneur (video)


The real story of the Titanic diamond necklace


Redditor finds pearls inside 50-cent jewelry box


Antiques Roadshow guest had “tears” over brooch’s value


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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By: Rob Bates

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