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July 21 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup


This week: Surat office building set to be world’s largest. Botswana president says it really was ready to bolt. And soccer team wants to turn grass into lab-grown diamonds. All below.


Quality Gold cancels planned IPO


Everledger Australia placed in liquidation


David’s Bridal survives second bankruptcy


Surat Bourse is “world’s new largest office building”

– Indian traders “divided”

– Bourse “faces significant challenges”


Botswana president: We were ready to walk away from De Beers

– De Beers’ Paul Rowley not so sure

– De Beers sales fall amid slow trading


Will high-net-worth individuals want diamonds in their portfolio?


Top takeaways from Dubai lab-grown conference

– Other insights here, here, and here


How—and why—you should trace the origin of your jewelry materials

– Cristina Villegas has other conference highlights here, here, and here


Hans Merket reviews the Kimberley Process (translation)

– Blood diamonds “and the lottery of Earth”


Report: Isabelle dos Santos behind Dubai diamond company StarGems (translation)

– “Mismanagement” enabled dos Santos to illegally divert millions


Video shows moments after millions in jewelry stolen from Brink’s truck


New “revenge” viral TikTok jewelry scam


Fake Rolex watches make up half of the luxury replica market


Swiss watch exports show strong growth in first half of year


Watch company share prices rise following reports of buoyant sales


China could be the luxury industry’s next “sore spot”


How Cartier became everyone’s new favorite old watch brand


Cartier’s new BTS spokesperson crashes its website


TAG Heuer makes mark on the luxury watch market


Rolex certified pre-owned program expands


Longtime Rolex board member leaves


Kering appoints two deputy CEOs in corporate shake-up


Natural Diamond Council promotes Grace Isley to retail strategy and partnership manager


Authentic Brands hires new CFO


Mineral specimen and gem collector Barry Yampol dies at 85


Interview with Kendra Scott CEO Tom Nolan


Interview with Pandora CEO Alexander Lacik

– Pandora acquires 14 stores in Colombia


Connecticut jeweler to give away 2 ct. lab-grown diamond


Zales, Rocksbox partner on jewelry rental


Tiffany & Co. unveils renovated Tokyo flagship


Cristiano Ronaldo invests in watch site Chrono24


Michael Schechter takes another look back at Gemvara


“The dirty little secret that could bring down Big Tech”


Amazon letting people pay at Whole Foods with a hand wave


Barrick Gold targeted by Russian cybercriminal group


U.S. Treasury sanctions Russian precious metals companies


Monopolies have killed South Africa’s marine diamond industry


De Beers ordered to pay for salvage of equipment


Seven assets owned by former De Beers chair Nicky Oppenheimer


Diamond dealer lists New York townhouse


TikTok star Sophia Begg sues jewelry brand owner following their collaboration


Erika Jayne scores legal win over $750K diamond earrings she had to surrender


Gambling addict husband tries to sell wife’s jewels, but they’re fakes


Engagement ring eaten by fish among beach-related insurance claims


Soccer team to transform grass into lab-grown diamonds


Media Watch

Mental Floss looks at 10 of the world’s most controversial gemstones


From the Podcast     

The Jewelry District, Episode 100: Vic’s Custom Design, a Jewelry Conference, and a Podcast Milestone


Have a great weekend!


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By: Rob Bates

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