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June 3 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


Hey, everyone. It’s soon-to-be Vegas time!

I will be moderating a panel on “The State of the Lab-Grown Industry”—because that topic isn’t talked about enough—on Thursday, June 9, at 1–1:45 p.m. in Room 101, level one of The Venetian. Panelists will be John Pollard, International Gemological Institute; Marty Hurwitz, The MVEye; and Tanya Nisguretsky, Virtual Diamond Boutique (VDB).

The object of the panel is not to rehash the same pro and con arguments (ugh), but to get into the weeds of the current market. What’s happening with smalls? Will the expiration of treatment patents mean higher colors? How are they cut differently? More information here. Hope to see you there.

This week in Diamond Shavings: Have secondhand Rolex prices peaked? How diamonds brought India and Israel together. And don’t mess with this jewelry brand’s followers on TikTok. All below.


Dubai billionaire buys de Grisogono


Lab-grown diamond company Adamas One files for IPO



Diamond District pawnshop owner charged with running retail theft ring


Michigan jeweler killed, but motive is unclear


Antwerp’s dealers bringing legal case over blocked dollar accounts


How the Ukraine war has shaken the diamond supply

– Jewelers’ gold sourcing becomes more complicated


Diamond prices likely to soar this year: bank report

– Natural Diamond Council sees continued growth


Rolex prices fall due to “unsustainable demand”


Trends and insights from rising demand for luxury watches

– Why watches need a history

– Luxury watchmakers look to autos for inspiration


Priscila Hueb joins A.Jaffe as VP of merchandising


Brad Brooks-Rubin returns to State Department


Banter by Piercing Pagoda names Tierra Whack as creative director


Tiffany’s new Paris store has something old, something blue

– “Traces the brand’s history”


Brilliant Earth opens showroom in Minneapolis


Rio Tinto unveils plans for pink diamonds


Israel, United Arab Emirates sign diamond tariff deal


Diamonds forge “cornerstone” of India-Israel relations


Alrosa, Zimbabwe plan joint mining venture


Artisanal mining venture kicked off in Democratic Republic of Congo


Sentry: America’s “past and present collide” in DRC


G7 countries said strict environmental rules needed for deep-sea mining


Zimbabwe diamond miners consider protest over poor conditions


Internal documents show Amazon’s dystopian system for tracking workers every minute


Report: Amazon will overtake Walmart as world’s largest retailer


An “intimate look at Rent the Runway’s turbulent year”


TheRealReal on engagement, wedding ring trends


Jewelry brand’s TikTok followers will “defend founder to the end”


Jewelers celebrate LGBTQ pride with new collaborations


The Black designers shaking up the jewelry world


Brand turns guns into fine jewelry


Chapel Hill Academy student makes jewelry to raise funds for refugees


Rachel Boston’s rings play with “offbeat design codes”


The best jewelry from the Cannes red carpet


Chopard’s new jewelry collection is a “love letter to movies”


Cartier’s new ambassador is Elvis actor Austin Butler


Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor’s wedding anniversary and their personal jewels


Major celebrity jewelry purchases


Ava Max covers herself in diamonds to announce new album


Legendary jewelry houses and their not-so-famous symbols


Cartier, Bulgari producing handbags


MIT graduate student gets valuable insights from diamonds


What editors want—and don’t want—in press kits


Thanks for the review, Readers’ Favorite


From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 70: Guest Sarin Bachmann On JCK Las Vegas



Have a great weekend.


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