Quick note: On Tuesday, July 13, at 12 p.m. ET, I will be moderating a virtual panel called “Transparency: Diamond Origin and the Consumer” for Initiatives in Art and Culture, which will feature folks that are smarter than me from Tiffany & Co., Lucara Diamond, Brilliant Earth, Sarine Technologies, GIA, and DDI at Resolve. There’s more info here, and you can sign up here. It should be fun—and yes, I’m strange enough to find this kind of thing fun.
This week in Diamond Shavings: The road map for a post-Bezos Amazon. A reputed 84-year-old jewel thief steals over $100,000. And Patek Philippe’s president won’t sell a coveted watch to his sons. All below.
Most jewelry can’t be called “Made in USA” under FTC rule.
Alrosa unveils new diamond tracking system.
The market for men’s jewelry is growing—but how big will it get?
Sotheby’s sells 100 ct. diamond to cryptobuyer.
Authentic Brands Group files for IPO.
Signet climbs list of top 100 retailers.
– Five things to know about Signet’s sustainability goals.
– Avi Krawitz: Signet turnaround “inspired.”
Neiman Marcus denies plan to sell Bergdorf Goodman.
Richemont opens Watchfinder e-store on Net-a-Porter/Mr. Porter.
– Has watch industry missed secondhand boat?
Cartier CEO says brand must be explained to new consumers.
The New York Times/Victoria Gomelsky: High-end jewelry embraces virtual selling.
How brands can sparkle in China’s $100 billion jewelry market.
Diamond market on the “road to recovery.”
– Diamond production slumped in 2020.
– Suppliers hoping for good season.
– Richard Chetwode: Has industry learned from history?
Video shows challenges faced by Black creatives in jewelry industry.
Former Pandora U.K. head moves to company headquarters.
Christie’s appoints new head of watches.
Bonhams appoints Kate Flitcroft as London jewelry specialist.
Belk shakes up leadership.
Brosway Italia announces Giovanni Feroce will advise its U.S. division.
Recommended podcast with Paul Zimnisky and Cristina Villegas (audio).
Vogue Business looks at issues in gold supply chain.
LVMH opens research center devoted to sustainability of materials.
Diamond industry “buffs up its image” for new generation.
Study looks at how Africa can get involved in jewelry.
Tensions rise over Kimberley Process definition.
De Beers pleads guilty to not reporting mercury.
Debswana said to be selling Damtshaa mine.
What’s behind the latest monster gem boom?
Ellendale mine to get new lease on life.
Star Diamond is upset with Rio Tinto.
The New York Times looks at the South African diamond rush.
Report: Sierra Leone minister secretly gave licenses to Chinese gold miners.
Texas jeweler accused of stealing from more customers.
California jeweler killed brother “in self-defense,” attorney says.
Jeweler robbed by 84-year-old man of over $100,000, police say.
Beny Steinmetz backed HFZ, “embattled” New York City condo developer.
Lev Leviev in bitter row with his son.
Boryana Straubel, 38, founder of Generation Collection jewelry brand, dies.
Diamond Foundry to open new factory in Spain.
What’s next for Amazon after Jeff Bezos.
Bloomingdale’s to open first-ever “Bloomie’s” store.
Jewelry brand Colette debuts Los Angeles flagship.
Inside French jewelry brand Dangleterre.
Utah store lets customers help make jewelry.
Reeds Jewelers celebrates 75th anniversary.
New podcast tackles jewelry history.
YouTube documentary tackles history of hip-hop bling.
Jeweler makes line in tribute to cicadas.
Michael Irvin says his family-inspired diamond necklace was stolen.
Saudi actress Fatima Al-Banawi named new Middle East ambassador for Cartier.
The most spectacular jewelry at the Cannes Film Festival.
Widow harassed by partner’s family to hand over wedding rings.
Patek Philippe’s president won’t sell green Nautilus to his sons.
Diamonds reveal Earth was ready to sustain life 2.7 billion years ago.
Lebanese newspaper on natural vs. lab-grown.
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