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Feb. 24 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup 


Hey, everyone. Before I start, I’d like to mention a new feature I hope to add to this blog, called “Meet the Miner.” This would involve talking to people who work in the artisanal sector, digging up materials like diamonds, gemstones, gold, and platinum.

I have already thought up a bunch of questions regarding working conditions, pay, safety, etc. But I’m wondering if any of you had anything you would want to ask an artisanal miner. This feature isn’t meant to be an argument for or against artisanal small-scale mining (ASM). It just aims to ensure the miners’ voices are part of the dialogue. We hope to get honest answers that cover the good, the bad, and the ugly.

If you have anything you wish to ask, or think you can help facilitate this, please write me at rbates – at –

This week: The price of small diamonds goes up. Should the watch industry embrace lab-grown diamonds? And a look at people who hide engagement rings in food. All below.


Jewelry sales rebounded in January, says Mastercard

– Americans “reluctant” to make big purchases, says Fed survey

– Luxury demand remains strong amid consumer weakness

– Luxury watch sales make up for falling volumes in mid-market


De Beers examining “all options” for Forevermark

– Charles Stanley’s farewell letter, with lab-grown warning


De Beers lifts prices of smallest rough diamonds


De Beers’ new CEO says hello


Bloomberg: Is Botswana Playing Chicken With De Beers?

– Botswana press: 54-year relationship faces “acid test” (subscription)


Why Africa “bleeds” diamond revenues


“Progress” in European Union sanctions on diamonds

– G7, EU looking for way to track diamonds


Diavik Diamond Mine’s life extended until 2026


Zimbabwe and India seek fresh diamond deal


India setting up center for lab-grown diamonds

– Surat diamond industry switches image from natural to “mixed”


Will watch industry say “I do” to lab-growns?


IIA Technologies wins lab-grown patent dispute against De Beers subsidiary


Apple Watch loses fight in patent battle

– Why the Apple Watch patent fight matters


Cartier, Tiffany end trade secrets dispute


Breitling opens six new boutiques


Pandora takes advantage of property downturn as it opens new stores

– Catching up with Pandora’s creative directors


Fink’s jewelers to open two new flagships


Luxury brands aim to take on Cartier love bracelet


Malls seek to bring shopping centers closer to home


Why Jewelers Mutual Group bought Luxsurance’s digital vault app


Are eBay and Etsy also taking 50% fees?


Jewelry Designer Showcase sued over Ponzi allegations  (subscription)


Nirav Modi gems go on sale for $1.5 billion


Secret surveillance camera found outside jeweler’s home


Christina Miller Living Room session on recycled gold (video)


Swarovski names new chief financial officer


Shortage of trained watchmakers “threatening industry”


How Sarah Martin Rowe went from opera to jewelry


Nancy Ajram is Tiffany & Co.’s first Arab brand ambassador


C.D. Peacock named jewelry partner of the Chicago Cubs


A look at Jimmy Carter’s cufflinks


Susan Lucci chats about her love of jewelry with JCK


Kendra Scott discusses celebrities’ favorite jewelry


Disgraced art dealer’s family returns rare royal jewels to Cambodia


Bride-to-be reveals she was behind botched beach proposal


When did people start hiding engagement rings in food?


Media Watch

Lab-grown diamond articles in Deccan Herald and South China Morning Post

The New York Times on tennis bracelets and “erotic” watches

The New Yorker visits the Tucson gem show


From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 89: Guest Malyia McNaughton



Have a great weekend!


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By: Rob Bates

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