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Feb. 16 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


This week: Are male engagement rings really a thing, finally? Has Taylor Swift made opals cool? There are cheers and jeers for nut jewelry. All below.


Tenoris: January jewelry sales drop 5%, loose lab-grown revenue falls


Russian diamond ban will have “sunrise period”


De Beers’ production down 8% in 2023

Three takeaways (video)


De Beers’ deal with Botswana could undercut HB Antwerp (subscription)


Paul Zimnisky makes the case for a diamond comeback

– China remains “wild card”

– UBS: “diamond fundamentals are improving”


De Beers introduces new melee verification device


M&M’s lab-grown diamond ad airs during Super Bowl


France says diamond manufacturers must stick to “synthetic”


AP story on lab-grown diamonds’ “cloudy sustainability claims”

– Greenwashing complaints increase: see Lululemon, Evian


Fortune: Some millennials favor gemstones over diamonds

– BBC sees life in the male engagement ring trend


Charles & Colvard sales fall, loss widens

– Earnings call transcript


Farfetch CEO steps down

– Luxury brands flee site


Heritage Auctions names new co-director of fine jewelry


Responsible Jewellery Council has two chair candidates


Acclaimed designer Marina B dies


Mary Ball Gorman of Henry B. Ball Jewelers dies at 99


Atlanta gold and jewelry dealer convicted of tax evasion


Bankruptcy court orders liquidation of Gitanjali Gems


Venetia Mine meets “significant safety milestone”


These industry couples love jewelry—and each other


Sen. Robert Menendez’s wife got engagement ring as part of bribery scheme


Chaumet designs Olympic medals


Taylor Swift’s jewelry at the Super Bowl

– Did Taylor make opals cool?


Super Bowl champ Hardman sports 100 ct. diamond necklace on Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Blood Diamond director says Leonardo DiCaprio paid for well to be built in African village
Note: To put this in context, DiCaprio received $20 million for his role in Blood Diamond; the average African well costs $8,000.


Elvis Presley once bought fan diamond and emerald ring


Steve McQueen’s anniversary gift for first wife hits the auction block


New Mercedes comes embossed with diamonds


Woman goes viral with jewelry made with almonds, cashews, pistachios and other nuts


Bronze jewelry discovered in Polish lake could reveal details about ancient burials


Doctor’s lost diamond ring found 100 miles away in pair of scrubs


From the Podcast      

The Jewelry District, Episode 115: Guest Vanessa Fernández


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By: Rob Bates

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