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July 15 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup  


Hi everyone. I’ll be moderating the panel “Origin: Where Do Your Gold and Diamonds Come From and Why Does It Matter?” on Tuesday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m., at Bohemian National Hall in New York City, as part of the Initiatives in Arts and Culture’s (IAC) latest gold and diamond conference, which runs July 18–20.

The IAC is also giving me an industry service award that night. So please come by and watch me grip a plaque awkwardly.

This week: The benefit of the fall in secondhand watch prices. What makes a product “sustainable”? And, can you find the diamond ring in this picture? All below.


Jewelry sales posted double-digit gains in May, says SpendingPulse

– Retail industry “hunkers down”


Former RJC head to lead industry-wide sustainability initiative


Governments feel Kimberley Process no longer works, says NGO


Defense bill amendment includes greater controls on Russian goods


Day’s Jewelers is getting a day off 


Death of watch aftermarket might bring back actual customers

– Why Rolex has “exhibition only” watches


Ex-Samuels CEO Nehal Modi convicted of grand larceny


Graff’s ransomware payment “not unusual”

– The “ransomware dilemma”


Accused killer of “Hutch the Jeweler” denied bond, gets new lawyer


Florida woman leaves her shoes behind in botched jewelry theft


New York Police Department warns about jewelry scams (video)

– Elderly being targeted (video)


Hawaiian jewelry scammer arrested


Namibian factory hopes to “add value” to country’s diamonds


Analyst calls Rio Tinto decision on Star Diamond “a surprise”


New find of blue spinel trickles into market


Brazilian jeweler’s mission to promote ethical mining


Should there be a higher bar to call products “sustainable”?


How jewelry brands “disrupted” Paris Fashion Week


Europa Star interviews Frédéric Arnault, head of TAG Heuer

South China Morning Post profiles Alexandre Arnault, “hunky” Tiffany exec


Rapaport podcast interviews Lisa Bridge (audio)


Interview with general manager of Pandora for U.K. and Ireland (audio)


Yun Yang joins Jocalio as head of product, merchandising


Rahul Jauhari joins Kunming Diamonds


Joseph Matysiewicz, former owner of C.J. Jewelers, dies


De Beers “positive” on Indian market


Rocksbox says “I do” to new bridal jewelry subscription service


Frank Ocean releases new jewelry


Is there a difference between a tiara and a crown?


Jeweler says engagement ring type reveals personality


Alabama woman’s lost ring fished out of California lake after 53 years


Woman wears the engagement ring of her slain fiancé years later


Fiancée slams groom-to-be for buying “little” engagement ring


Woman shows rings, people focused on her hands


Man’s girlfriend thinks he is cheating after secret trip to buy ring


Difficult optical illusion dares you to find the diamond ring


Media Watch

Fortune on ethical diamonds

Lifehacker on moissanite

The Sydney Morning Herald on lab-grown diamonds


From the Blog

Some Countries Feel Kimberley Process No Longer Works: NGO


From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 73: George Holmes, LVMH and Lusix, and Russian Diamonds




Have a nice weekend!


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By: Rob Bates

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