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Feb. 10 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup 


This week: We probably won’t have a recession, though the “rot economy” lives on. Apple Watches driving 911 operators nuts. Plus: Who are the “de-influencers”? All below.


Exit interview with De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver

– Why Lightbox was “one of the scariest things” he ever did


Diamond trade sees “cautious” start to 2023


Exhibitors “upbeat” at Centurion show


National Retail Federation: Recession unlikely, growth ahead

– NRF’s insights into 2023 consumers


Jewelers say holiday sales were “off”


Is LVMH’s slowing growth an omen?


Private equity companies taking harder line with retailers


Jeweler’s billboard tagline written with artificial intelligence


“Sci-fi innovations taking jewelry into the stratosphere


Is Tiffany moving “too fast” toward Generation Z?


Brilliant Earth lays off “fewer than 50” employees


Pandora to expand lab-grown diamond range

– Why lab-grown diamonds are now important to Pandora

– Pandora “uncertain” about future in China


No, lab-grown diamonds are not “mining-free”


Rough & Polished: lab-growns gaining “wider acceptance”

– Will “eventually dominate the fashion markets”

– Pam Danziger unsurprisingly disagrees with Rapaport on lab-growns


Watches of Switzerland sales grow as watches become “investment assets”

– Shares fall on lower jewelry revenue


MoonSwatch helps Omega close gap with Rolex


Jacob & Co. sales more than double in two years


Auction house Bonhams up for sale: report


U.K. authorities probing Yoox Net-a-Porter deal


WatchBox-owned De Bethune buys music-box maker Reuge


Petra Diamonds opens to M&A deals


World’s biggest gold miner makes $17 million acquisition bid


Angola to sell 5 to 10% stake in national diamond miner Endiama


Letšeng diamond mine claims it is not guilty of polluting rivers


Anjin mine fires 31 for diamond theft


New York Post has more on the Christie’s/pink diamond/fake psychic story


India’s PC Jeweller receives loan recall notices from banks


Jeweler charged with issuing fake gold purity certificates


Adani fallout could hurt Indian economy

– How Adani lost billions in a week


Get ready for the “great fraud reckoning”


We live in the “rot economy” (This and the above article are not specifically jewelry-related, but are worth reading regardless.)


911 operators inundated with fake Apple Watch calls


What’s next for secondhand Rolex market?


Ukraine jewelry becomes symbol of national identity


Inside the Dubai factory handling $100 million worth of high-end diamonds


William Michaels, former owner of Michaels Jewelers, dies


Pat Ciner Hill, owner of Ciner, dies


Richard Marcus, last member of Neiman Marcus founding family, dies


Nine artisanal gold miners killed in Burkina Faso


Kohl’s names new CEO, chief merchandising officer


Long’s Jewelers appoints director of stores


Learn about Blue Nile’s onboarding process


Kendra Scott partners with Museum of Ice Cream


NYC restaurant Serendipity3 creates diamond and gold dessert in collab with Lorraine Schwartz


The “remarkable tale” of Grace Kelly’s two engagement rings


Inside Justin Bieber’s luxury watch collection


New novel brings Suzanne Belperron’s bejeweled history to life


Metal detector hobbyist finds 500-year-old pendant linked to Henry VIII


Lost necklace leads to successful jewelry design business


“De-influencers” say think twice before buying that mascara


Media Watch

The Guardian on Nothing Lasts Forever. The reviewer might want to double-check Stephen Lussier’s title and retirement date.

Further reviews in Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and The Times (all subscription)

GQ profiles U.K. diamond dealer Matthew Jones

The New York Times on Alex Moss’ latest collection


From the Blog

This Billboard Tagline Was Written by Artificial Intelligence

No, Lab-Grown Diamonds Are Not “Mining-Free”

De Beers’ Cleaver: Lightbox Was “One of the Scariest Things I’ve Ever Done”

Exit Interview with De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver (Part 1)


From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 88: VicenzaOro Recap, Sarine Acquiring GCAL, and Noncompetes



Have a great weekend!


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