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Jan. 7 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


Hope everybody had a great holiday and happy new year!

This week: How Shopify outfoxed Amazon. The United Arab Emirates may end up on a financial gray list. And an artist makes some very unique lab-grown rings. All below.


The hot streak continues: Holiday jewelry sales soar

InStore: Jewelers enjoy “crazy good” season

– Lab-growns drive “phenomenal” sales

– Publicly traded watch and jewelry retailers rocket in value


That Was the Year That Was (2021)

– My 10 favorite jewelry promotions

– The 40 best jewelry-related quotes of 2021

– Ten insights from the diamond trade in 2021

Rapaport chooses “the diamond person of the year”

National Jeweler remembers jewelry people we lost in 2021

– Brittany Siminitz’s 10 favorite jewelry collections

– The 10 weirdest stories of 2021

– Roll call for 2021’s departing jewelry retailers


Here Is The Year That’s Coming (2022)

– Ten retail trends to watch in 2022

– The year of the smart ring?

– Refinery29’s predictions of hot engagement ring trends

– Three retail design trends jewelers should follow

– Twenty-two bold predictions for the industry in 2022 (JCK Pro)

Jewelry District podcast: 2022 predictions and holiday resolutions.  (audio)

Wall Street Journal on Tiffany-LVMH “culture clash” (subscription required)


Rolex raises prices

– Why specialized watch retailers are outperforming brands


David Yurman sues Mejuri for allegedly copying designs


Vortic Watch says Swatch legal battle is over


New York settles with Lear Capital over precious metal dealings


Karl Lagerfeld lives—thanks to a new licensing deal


Christina Lang Assael, head of pearl company, dies


Gesswein expert technician Americo Modesto Rebelo dies


Longtime D.C.-area jeweler Dominick Pampillonia dies


Nadja Swarovski steps down from family business


GIA names Richard Pesqueira vice president of business development


IGI names John Pollard its education director


Delgatto Diamond Finance Fund hires new regional director


IDCA elects new president, executive committee


Boston Jewelers Club elects new president


Martin Rapaport interviews François Curiel


Sotheby’s makes a bid for the future


The “importance of authenticating estate pieces”


Vicenza, IIJS Signature shows postponed


JIS announces new name for Miami Beach shows


Rapaport podcast interviews David Kellie (audio)


Paul Zimnisky interviews Alrosa’s Evgeny Agureev  (audio)


De Beers’ sales soften ahead of holiday season


Will Australia be put back on the diamond map?


Angolan diamond deal called “game changer”


United Arab Emirates faces inclusion on “dirty money” watch list

– Dubai can’t shake the stain of smuggled African gold


Toby Pomeroy on the “toxin that blights gold mining”

– Amazon tribe suffers mercury contamination as illegal mining spreads


How Shopify “outfoxed” Amazon

– Shopify “arming the rebels” against Amazon

– Shopify edging closer to brick-and-mortar


Instagram doubles down on push for video


Drake sues jewelry company for use of his image


Rapper Dok2 appeals order to pay unpaid bill to jeweler


Jay-Z spotted wearing Patek Philippe-Tiffany watch


In New Year’s message, Floyd Mayweather flaunts his jewelry collection


Lucille Ball’s unique engagement ring


The time Betty White advertised a jewelry company


How much are the British crown jewels worth?


Man’s “genius test” proves “diamonds are worthless”


Artist makes lab-grown diamonds out of…well, you’ll see. Great story to start the new year with!


Media Watch

CNN: Nontraditional engagement rings are here to stay

FT asks: Is your jewelry “Pilates-proof”?


From the Blog

The 40 Best Jewelry-Related Quotes Of 2021

The 10 Weirdest Jewelry Stories Of 2021

My 10 Favorite Jewelry Promotions Of 2021

Roll Call For 2021’s Departing Jewelry Retailers

The Time Betty White Advertised A Jewelry Company


From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 60: Guest Alexis Padis

The Jewelry District, Episode 59: 2022 Predictions And Resolutions


Have a safe, healthy, and happy weekend—and new year!


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By: Rob Bates

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