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 – jckonline.com.
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?
The New Yorker visits the Tucson gem show
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