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Jan. 21 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


This week: Brands are already making money in the metaverse. What are possible uses for that 555 ct. black diamond? And Megan Fox’s engagement is apparently made of thorns. All below.


Signet holiday sales soar 30.4% to hit new record

– 90% of jewelers saw sales growth over the holiday


Retail bankruptcies are on the decline


Longtime De Beers exec Stephen Lussier retires


De Beers institutes price increase

– Avi Krawitz: The “vicious rough cycle”

– Israeli diamond exports hit record after decade of decline

– Alrosa sales hit $4.2 billion in 2021


Sotheby’s to sell 555 ct. black diamond, largest cut stone ever auctioned

– It’s accepting bitcoin

– The Cut tries to figure out what to do with it


Jewelry leads sales growth at Richemont


Van Cleef tries to teach a new generation how to make jewelry


Some luxury brands are already making money in the metaverse

– Fashion brands see it as a way to test new products

– Inside the “new metaverse economy”


Jewelry brands take aim at Indian high-end jewelry business


Generation Z fuels patriotic jewelry boom in China


Heritage jeweler Oscar Massin being revived with lab-grown gems


Will banks now finance the diamond business?


The United Arab Emirates scrambles to stay off FATF “watch list”


Kentucky UPS workers stole $11,000 in jewelry


Are Apple AirTags a security risk for jewelers?


Counterfeit designer jewelry from China discovered in Indianapolis


Inhorgenta Munich postponed two months


Watches & Wonders to go ahead as scheduled

– Return to the watch fair will bring on much “rejoicing”


Are watches too hard to buy?


Robbins Brothers appoints Ann-Marie Patton VP of stores


Lagos named new VP of public relations


WJA elects Susan Chandler new president


The Surat bourse has angered the Bharat bourse


Jewelry designer goes viral after saying engagement rings shouldn’t be a surprise


Jeweler reimagines bank vault into an elegant space


Kentucky woman’s clay jewelry brings her worldwide fame


Pandora says TikTok cleaning hack may damage your jewelry


New York Times writer quit Amazon Prime “and survived”


Designer turns rapid testing kits into jewelry


Moneybagg Yo shows off new diamond-encrusted teeth


Kim Kardashian mocked for new Tiffany campaign


Kendall Jenner is the new face of Messika


Megan Fox’s engagement ring is full of thorns


How Marilyn Monroe decided “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”


Media Watch

Alabama TV station worries if pandemic is damaging jewelry (video)


From the Blog

Are Apple AirTags a Security Risk for Jewelers?


From the Podcast
The Jewelry District, Episode 61: Holiday Sales, Ben Bridge, Pandora, Robbins Brothers, and Tucson



Have a safe and healthy weekend.


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