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Feb. 17 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup 


This week: Canadian broadcaster takes aim at diamond appraisals, claims. Why Rolex dealers are excited about secondhand plan. And there was a lot of jewelry at the Super Bowl. All below.


Gemvara, Richline-owned custom jewelry site, closes


Temporary layoffs

– Neiman Marcus eliminates 100 corporate jobs

– TheRealReal cuts 7% of workforce

– eBay lays off 500 workers


Good times

– Recession “unlikely” this year, says retail economist

– Department stores sales surged in January, shocking analysts (subscription)

– Retail sales come soaring back


CBC says big-name diamond retailers made false claims


Four predictions for the diamond market in 2023


Engagement ring spending slips as more turn to lab-grown


Botswana president raises doubts about De Beers deal

– De Beers remains “confident”

– Negotiations hinge on question of “fairness”


Russian diamond exports increased after Ukraine invasion, stats show

– Russia wants to end KP embargo on Central African Republic

– Avi Krawitz on Alrosa’s importance

– How African gold pays for Russia’s war in Ukraine


Zimbabwe diamonds “sold for a song”


Indian lab-grown diamond industry set for bigger push following import duty removal


Mercedes Abramo moves up at Cartier


Movado promotes Margot Grinberg to brand president


GSI appoints Pinky Jalui executive vice president


Swarovski names new chief financial officer


Shaun Leane appoints new head of wholesale (subscription)


Signet CEO says 90% of high-value customers buy in-store (video)

– Signet clears “relative strength” benchmark


Pandora CEO says recession may be good for brand


Watches of Switzerland’s U.S. sales climb in third quarter


Irish jeweler Chupi secures €3.8M investment to fund growth


Jatin Mehta fails to halt bank’s case against him in London


Adamas One will be filing financial results late


Jewelers Vigilance Committee calls for “Green Guides” comments


Verragio hails outcome in copyright lawsuit versus Walmart


Peter Smith examines retailers’ “uneasy relationship” with brands


Authorized dealers “giddy with excitement” about secondhand Rolex deal


Behind the scenes of Swatch’s MoonSwatch factory

– The MoonSwatch is hitched to a weather balloon


Cartier’s Tank Française watch gets Meghan Markle–inspired makeover

The Daily Mail says women are following Meghan’s lead, upgrading engagement rings


WatchTok, TikTok’s community of watch lovers


The New York Times profiles Linden Lazarus, 19-year-old watch dealer


Popdust: Tiffany-Nike pairing “falls short”

– Tiffany opens first online flagship store in China


Why you should revisit your Pinterest account


Why the Internet doesn’t actually create smart shoppers


Amazon takes half of each sale from merchants


The retail CEO pipeline “is running dry”


Jewelry industry couples who blend work and love


This charm company president is also a professional race car driver


Stanford’s alumni magazine profiles a “gem detective”

– Jeweler shares tips for detecting fake diamonds (video)


Quantum Brilliance snags $18 million funding for synthetic diamond research

– Diamond-based semiconductors may be available in 2030 (subscription)


Controversial Koh-i-Noor won’t be part of British crowning ceremony


Shawn Mendes featured in David Yurman campaign

– Discusses jewelry, his favorite piece


Anna Kendrick shares memory from Portland, Maine, jeweler


Rihanna wears $100,000 Jacob & Co watch for Super Bowl performance

– Singer also sports trio of vintage brooches


Bay Area jeweler played key role in Buccaneers’ Super Bowl ring design


Media Watch

– The Onion: “Ethical Diamond Company Only Uses White Children to Mine” (satire) (not that funny)

– New Jersey Institute of Technology publication profiles Aether

– Lab-grown diamond stories in The Wall Street Journal (subscription) and The Business of Fashion (subscription) and on CBS News (video)


From the Blog

This Charm Company President Is Also a Race Car Driver

Russian Diamond Exports Increased After Ukraine Invasion, Stats Show


From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 89: Guest Malyia McNaughton



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