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March 17 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup 


This week: Is the Rolex market “rigged”? A possible lab-grown diamond scandal in Singapore. And research suggests diamonds are rarer than we think.


Signet’s comps fall amid “challenging” environment

– Stock climbs

Earning call transcript


Brilliant Earth sales see small fourth-quarter drop

Earning call transcript


Edahn Golan: Jewelry sales down in February

– Sherry Smith: How did independent jewelers do in January and February?


2023 Oscar jewelry: “everything everywhere that we loved”

– Roundups from National Jeweler, The Hollywood Reporter, Who Wore What, The Wall Street Journal (subscription)

– Pregnant Rihanna adorns her bump with $1.8 million diamond belly chain

– Who wore what watches at Oscars

– Some of the Oscars’ best jewelry moments


WWD: Silicon Valley Bank could have “chilling effect” on fashion


Gold price surges after twin bank closures


HRD hits back on “upgrading” allegations

– Peter Meeus calls allegations “shocking”


Avi Krawitz on the industry’s Russian crisis


The Ekati diamond mine has (another) new owner

– Locals want the mine to continue


Paul Zimnisky: What natural diamond supply could look like in 2030


Indian diamond industry adjusts to uncertainties


Petra’s latest tender sees improving diamond price trend


Why not all lab-grown diamonds are created equal


India’s diamond industry “grows up”

– BBC on India’s adoption of lab-grown


Diamond Foundry to build factory in “empty Spain”


Sydney Morning Herald on the growing doubts about the “ethics of lab-grown diamonds”


Singapore lab-grown company files complaint over missing diamonds, diamond seeds


South African diamond dealer Leibenberg fights liquidation of his company


The Rolex market is “rigged against normal consumers”

– Rolex boosts production with three pop-up facilities


How the “high end” is driving the watch market


Boston Consulting Group on the luxury pre-owned watch market


Private equity firm buys stake in U.K. jewelry brand Monica Vinader


De-influencing “is the new influencing”


JCK Industry Fund’s 2023 grant recipients announced


Julia Roberts becomes Chopard ambassador


Reed Krakoff begins reinvention of John Hardy


Opsydia appoints Jimmy Gove for sales, marketing


Eva Violante named head of Americas department for Phillips jewels


Longtime Borsheims employee Jennifer Johnson retires


Nirav Modi says he’s “broke”


James Avery employee fired for TikTok video


Brazil audit court orders Bolsonaro to return Saudi jewelry gift


Queen Consort Camilla modifies Queen Mary’s crown


Koh-i-Noor to be recognized as “symbol of conquest”


1,000-year-old remains, jewelry found in rare coffin in hidden cemetery


Arkansas man finds “big ugly diamond” at state park


New research suggests diamonds have “always been rare”


Media Watch

The New York Times/Victoria Gomelsky visits the Tucson gem show

Also from the Times: the Cross becomes “style choice,” a talk with Chaumet’s archivist, the meaning of Georgian jewelry, “forgotten” watches getting second lives, the new vogue for tiaras, and jewelry brands with hidden details


From the Podcast
The Jewelry District, Episode 91: Guest Tom Nolan



Have a great 24 Karat weekend!


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By: Rob Bates

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