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Feb. 18 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


Hi, everyone. This week I appeared on MJSA’s podcast, discussing tips for buying, selling, and marketing lab-grown diamonds. (And, of course, I plugged my book.) Listen, or if you prefer, watch it here.

This week: Should retailers go on Roblox? Gold is on the move again. And eyeball jewelry. (Don’t ask.) All below.


Will the jewelry market shrink this year?


Retail forecast for 2022 (video)

– January retail sales rose most in 10 months

–  Is retail living on borrowed time?

Watches and jewelry second most likely category to be bought in-store


Why D2C jewelry brands are opening stores


Has LVMH turned Tiffany around—or upside down?

– How the brand is pursuing younger consumers


Luxury brands raising prices, consumers don’t seem to mind (subscription required)


Gold price touches $1,900 for the first time since last June


How big is the lab-grown diamond market?

– New documentary profile lab-grown “threat”  (Other reviews)


King of the blues: 15.1 ct. De Beers Cullinan may set record

– Why the stone is special

– De Beers is throwing in a ring too


Top engagement ring trends for 2022 (video)


Swiss watch market grows in January


Watches of Switzerland opens three new boutiques


Should more retailers be on Roblox?


Rebecca Minkoff sold to Sunrise Brands


Peter Smith leaves Mémoire, Hearts On Fire


Pat Henneberry joins Rapaport as chief business officer


Rob Gough promoted to global sales director at Bremont


Cartier designer Alfred Durante dies


Harvey O’Conor, former JBT chair, dies


Ann Arnold joins Day’s Jewelers board


Interview with Angela Bigg, head of Diavik diamond mine


How De Beers is using blockchain to trace diamonds


Blockchain is not a “silver bullet” for problems of artisanal miners


The unending curse of Zimbabwe’s Marange diamonds


Sierra Leone lawsuit against diamond mine runs up against corporate opacity


Indian jeweler arrested in loan fraud case


Syrians become diamond buyers


Aether Diamonds earns B Corp certification


Pandora, Marvel team up for superhero-themed bracelets


Scarlett Johansson becomes ambassador for David Yurman


Drake’s $77,000 diamond ring is a tribute to his son


Simone Biles’ engagement ring has a whopping 36 diamonds


Kanye West is having a feud with celebrity jeweler Ben Baller, or something


Burlington, Vt., jeweler helps NFL player propose at Super Bowl


The history of the Super Bowl ring


Joe Burrow’s jeweler shares creation of now-famous chain


Next generation phone displays may be made of diamonds

– Diamond tech startup secures $20 million in funding


One of a kind engagement ring NFTs


Eyeball jewelry exists—and it’s horrifying


Man finds engagement ring in snowbank


From JCK Pro (Subscription)

10 Reasons 2021 Was a Fantastic Year for Jewelry


From the Blog

Will The Jewelry Market Shrink This Year?

Has LVMH Turned Tiffany Around—Or Upside Down?


From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 63: Tucson Gem Shows, Kering, and Small Diamonds


Have a safe and healthy weekend.


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By: Rob Bates

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