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Jan. 28 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


This week: Antwerp industry battles with banks. Surat broker arrested for swapping natural diamonds with lab-growns. And why more jewelry houses are opening hotels. All below.


U.S. warns dealers must ensure gems aren’t Burmese


Kering sells Girard-Perregaux, Ulysse Nardin brands


The ways Gen Z will change the luxury market

– The new generation will be luxury “change agent”

– Piaget CEO on “evolution of the luxury customer”


Pressure builds on watch industry to prove “green” claims


Mastering the new “luxury metaverse”

– LVMH chief says be wary of metaverse “bubble”


LVMH watch, jewelry sales rise 40%

– Tiffany & Co. sees “remarkable results” in first LVMH year

– Hublot CEO says luxury watch shortages will last three years


Swiss watch exports reach all-time high, but not everyone’s a winner


Audemars Piguet could overtake Patek Philippe in sales this year

–  Audemars Piguet rumored to be recruiting a new CEO


Exit interview with De Beers exec Stephen Lussier


De Beers lifts production in strong rough market


Antwerp diamond industry battles banks over shuttered accounts


Surat broker arrested for swapping natural diamonds with lab-growns


Indian authorities raid Atlas Jewellery stores


Illegal Amazon gold seeps into supply chains


Fashion brand settles with FTC for hiding bad reviews


Amazon ending third-party program amid price-fixing allegations


EBay’s “aging seller population”


Kohl’s acknowledges takeover offers


The story of Toys R Us bankruptcy is still unfolding


Dennis Ballard, jewelry “road warrior,” dies


Founder of Baxter’s Fine Jewelry dies


Mountain Province Diamonds changes executive ranks


The Chinese watch “that beat the Swiss”


Boucheron pushing jewelry for men


More jewelry houses opening hotels


Gold demand rose last year


Tanishq introduces gold with 15%–25% hard alloy


GJEPC signs 95-year lease for new jewelry park


How Clara leads to “perfect matches” for diamonds


Saudi Arabia restores ties with Thailand after diamond dispute


Descendants of Italy’s last king attempt to reclaim crown jewels


Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin wore matching diamond rings


How a pearl necklace helped Amy Schneider make Jeopardy history


Kim Kardashian’s diamond-studded Tiffany ad looks familiar

– Pharrell’s Tiffany glasses have a Mughal vibe


James Bond wedding band hits auction block


Real Housewife in lawsuit over $1.4 million earrings


Jewelry brand offers new service that keeps engagements secret


One of England’s earliest gold coins found by metal detector


A new book collects the musings of the late Jose Hess


Thanks, Booklist, for the nice review! More info here


Media Watch

Popular Science on “ethically sourced” diamonds

The New York Times on how to buy vintage jewelry, how challenges lead to “innovation” in jewelry brands, jewelry that “spells it out,” the “renewed interest in crystals,” a new museum jewelry exhibit, a vintage dealer lured by gold, and a gold teeth manufacturer in the Diamond District


From the Blog

Exit Interview With De Beers Exec Stephen Lussier


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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By: Rob Bates

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