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March 31 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup 


This week: Tiffany’s remodeled flagship is ready to open. Jacob & Co. releases “bonkers” watch.  And a botanical artist creates jewelry from plants. All below.


Signet cuts Blue Nile Seattle staff, including top brass


Why jewelry crime hit a new high last year


COVID habits fade as shoppers return to brick-and-mortar stores


Bots Happening?

– Botswana buys 24% of HB Antwerp

– De Beers’ Cleaver confident of new Botswana deal

– Okavango “relishes” prospect of selling more Debswana diamonds

– But it’s also “struggling” to sell its share of Debswana goods

– Mine workers vowing action at Lucara

– Gem Diamonds mine faces final closure

– Is Botswana “shooting itself in the foot”?


India worries about loss of Russian goods

– Russians aren’t happy about possible diamond sanctions

– De Beers files lobbying disclosure form


Inside Tiffany’s high jewelry acceleration plan

– Tiffany is reopening its flagship in four weeks


Auction houses hope big pieces will break recent “rut”

– Sotheby’s selling “most significant” pink diamond ever


The Wonders of Watches 

– New Rolex watch tells time and affirmations

– Resellers are asking thousands more for discontinued Rolex Milgauss watches

– Hodinkee thinks people should be “freaking out” about Rolex’s wearable titanium watch

– Jacob & Co. releases “bonkers” $20 million watch

– Breitling breaks into top 10 Swiss watches

– Jean-Claude Biver starts new watch brand

– eBay curates line of discontinued watches

– Tag Heuer hopes to become billion-dollar brand (subscription)

FT’s roundup of new trends


The Swiss watch industry is “growing by shrinking”


Watchmakers look to boost sustainability cred


Edahn Golan: When will lab-grown diamond sales be the majority?

– De Beers’ Cleaver says lab-grown “not cannibalizing natural”

– Gary Roskin compares lab-grown diamonds to cultured pearls

– John Jeffay: Lab-growns dominate Israeli forum

– Lab-grown diamonds need “disruptive pricing strategy”


Diamond Foundry wants to buy more land

Forbes profile of Diamond Foundry (subscription)

– Vrai launches custom diamond service


Mehul Choksi accused of overvaluing lab-growns


Singapore lab-grown company files second lawsuit against director


Gautam Adani’s odyssey from diamond sorter to rich man to fraud allegations


David Yurman files copyright case against jeweler in Puerto Rico


Canadian jeweler scammed in credit card scheme


Zimbabwe silent over allegations of gold smuggling


International Peace Institute panel on Kimberley Process (video)


Richemont builds database to combat watch theft

– Richemont shakes off Swiss bank concerns


U.K. jewelry sales rise due to strong dollar


Speidel jewelry store returns to Rhode Island after 100 years


D.C. jeweler that honored 50-year-old gift certificate closes


Pandora appoints chief of retail operations


Bloomingdale’s CEO to replace Macy’s chief Jeff Gennette


Alan Revere to head American Jewelry Design Council


How is industry doing when it comes to diversity? (video)


Botanical artist makes jewelry using real plants


How luxury brands are taking advantages of Charles’ coronation

– King Charles III sports special piece of jewelry in official portrait


Angelina Jolie applies for trademark for clothing, jewelry line


Erika Jayne trashed in court after demanding damages for diamond earrings from husband’s bankruptcy


DJ Envy admits to losing $250,000 in jewelry at airport


Deluxe Vodka is made with gold, crystal, and diamonds


Breitling opens second restaurant


Archaeologists in Armenia unearth “golden tomb” with ancient jewelry


Australian man finds giant gold nugget worth $160K


Media Watch

Yahoo Finance speaks with Brilliant Earth

Daily Mail says fancy-colored diamond sales are rising

Financial Times on 14 karat gold, Munich jewelry exhibition, the rise in luxury visual media, and watchmaker Megan Young.


From the Blog
Why Jewelry Crime Hit a New High Last Year


From the Podcast
The Jewelry District, Episode 92: 24 Karat Weekend, Russian Diamonds, and Lab-Grown Diamond Quality


Have a great weekend!


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