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March 24 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup 


This week: Are influencers over? The “Sherlock Holmes of diamonds.” And jewelry made for Passover. All below.


Rolex answers (some) questions about production, certified pre-owned program


The U.S. government wants to ban Russian diamonds (so be ready)


Gold price hits $2,000 amid more bank turmoil

– Analysts see possible record highs

– MJSA panel on recycled precious metals (video)


Easter, Passover rituals may supersede inflation concerns


Permanent jewelry is “here to stay”


Jeweller: Lab-created industry must endorse transparency


Martin Rapaport presentation on lab-grown/Russian diamonds (video)


Brilliant Earth watching situation with lender Silicon Valley Bank


Amazon lays off 9,000 more workers


Walmart lays off hundreds of workers at e-commerce facilities


Meta poised to be one-stop shop for social media


Consumers become less interested in influencers


FT: Meet the “watch influencers”


How Rolex became rapper and pop star’s favorite “wrist candy”

– Chrono24 says half of collectors’ watches are Rolexes


Movado has record year for net sales


Watch dealer Julia Azar “shaking up the Diamond District boys’ club”


Swarovski names new GM for North America


Lightbox appoints chief operating officer


Bloomingdale’s hires first-ever chief merchant


Interview with the CEO of Mejuri

– Mejuri opens store in Maryland


Owner of Ridgefield, Conn. jewelry shop dies at 56


That Was the Weekend That Was

– Report on the Gem Awards

– JVC, JSA hand out annual awards

– JSA says crime reached “record level” in 2023

– Hari Krishna hosts gala at UN Water Conference

WWD finds jewelers “optimistic”


Diamonds Do Good names 2023 honorees


Is De Beers-Botswana marriage “on the rocks”?


HB Antwerp positions itself as De Beers alternative (subscription)

– HB teases “something big” brewing on LinkedIn


African diamond producers call for more “beneficiation”


Zimbabwe president said it’s committed to “adding value” to diamonds


Zimbabwe community demands dissolution of miner ZCDC’s board


Top Zimbabwe ambassador involved in gold smuggling scheme (video)

– Al Jazeera Investigations on the “gold mafia” (video)


El Pais on diamonds and Russia’s Wagner Group


Massive spill at Diavik mine went unreported for a month


New Ekati mine owner backs out of Australian mine


Israel-UAE diamond trade reaches $1.75 billion


Will Nirav Modi’s lenders get their money back?


Interpol notice dropped against Mehul Choksi

– CBI seeks to get him back on


J.P. Morgan sued by couple claiming it stole $10 million of their jewelry


Melissa Joy Manning seeks to turn anger into meaning after two robberies


How Julia Castelli became the “Sherlock Holmes of diamonds”


Jewelry that honors “World Storytelling Day”


Singapore jeweler finds “beauty” in imperfections


Fortiva announces “second look” partnership with Daniel’s Jewelers


“Sky Moon” Patek Philippe garners $5.8 million, an online record


Marlene Dietrich’s Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet going up for auction


Bethany Frankel wears $42,000 diamond watch to the beach


Tiffany & Co. exec Alexandre Arnault pays $18 million for NYC penthouse


NPR says “scientific gems” are having “sparkly moment”


Two law professors say you might want a pre-nup for your diamond


Jewish designer makes jewelry meant to be passed down


The best Passover jewelry


Why you should keep a piece of chalk in your jewelry drawer


A scuba diver found engagement ring 18 months after it was lost


Media Watch

Metro UK on the evolution of the diamond ring


From the Blog

This U.S. Government Official Wants To Block Russian Diamonds (So Be Ready)


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



Have a great weekend!


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