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March 3 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup 


Hey, everyone. As I mentioned last week, I’m hoping to add a new feature to this blog called “Meet the Miner.” This would involve talking to people who work in the artisanal sector digging up materials like diamonds, gemstones, gold, and platinum.

If you have anything you wish to ask a gemstone miner, email me at rbates – at –

This week: Why lab diamonds should be judged on more than just the 4Cs. Jeweler charged for shooting at thief in parking lot. And Seattle jewelers open their “mystery safe” after 100 years. All below.


LVMH takeover of Richemont rumored

Jing Daily considers it “unlikely”

– Luxury publication discusses pros and cons


Why further Russian diamond sanctions could be coming

– Surat’s diamond sector braces for Russia-related job losses

– Belgium still debating import ban

– Ukraine war frustrates Zimbabwe diamond sales


Bigger diamonds give De Beers Botswana “headache”

– Anglo American CEO says talk conducted in “good spirits”

– Co-chair Cleaver calls deals “fair”

– Botswana’s diamond revenues flat

– Botswana diamond trade expected to depreciate

– New 5G program will make mine more efficient

– New De Beers CEO visits Namibia


De Beers’ price hike exposes profitability concerns


Paul Zimnisky podcast talks to Natural Diamond Council CEO David Kellie (audio)


The Chinese diamond market comes back to life


Five years after Nirav Modi fraud, PNB lends to synthetic diamond makers


Lab-grown brand Vrai opening four stores this year


Ada Diamonds takes us beyond the 4Cs of lab diamonds (video)


Abe Sherman: Will the industry pay a price for lab-grown diamonds?


Jeweler creates program giving away lab-grown diamond rings for traveling


OSHA: Jewelry company exposed workers to hazardous chemicals


Jewelry store owner charged for firing shots after being robbed


Recent retail thefts cause concern for independent jewelers in New York


Frederick Goldman adds to sales team


Christie’s Luxury appoints new global managing director


Kohl’s recruits new president and CEO

– Kohl’s had a rough holiday


Birks Group announces death of board member Louis Roquet


Annie Wong becomes Chow Tai Fook’s first chief operating officer


Fast Company: Inside Tiffany & Co.’s remarkable brand turnaround


Helzberg, Brilliant Earth sued over collection of hand data


Pandora’s bonds linked to recycled gold use


The New Yorker explores dystopian underworld of South Africa’s illegal gold mines


Hunt for corals pushing ecosystems to the brink


Zimbabwe says it’s losing millions because of illegal panning


Angola creates tax incentives for diamond investors


Indian diamond companies raided over “Chinese-controlled” money-laundering app


Alliance for Responsible Mining hooks up with Fairphone


Watch lovers flock to TikTok


Designer creates Apple Watch, Rolex crossover


Inc.: Mom and son build jewelry business from “ground up”


Alex and Ani founder Rafaelian backing new media venture


The tiny diamond sphere that could unlock clean power


Kate Middleton’s 10 most iconic jewelry moments


WWE superstar loses incredibly expensive diamond earring


Rental car company charges $450 to look for lost engagement ring


Former Tiffany jeweler reveals tinfoil cleaning hack


Seattle jeweler unlocks 100-year-old mystery safe


Media Watch

The Conversation traces the history of the Koh-i-Noor

Harpers Bazaar Australia on lab-grown diamonds


From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 90: Gem Shows, Diamond Supplier News, and Chat GPT


Have a great weekend!


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By: Rob Bates

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