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May 12 Diamond Shavings: Your Web Roundup 


Before we start, I’d like to plug my recent appearance on Paul Zimnisky’s podcast, where we talk lab-grown diamonds, artificial intelligence, Russian diamonds, lab-grown greenwashing, female self-purchasing, and a lot more (though a lot of that is about lab-grown diamonds). On the podcast I also plug my third novel, which is coming out in September. (This is just the beginning of many, many plugs for it.)

This week: Despite Tiffany hype, Cartier still does more U.S. business. All the bling at the coronation. And jewelry to unblock your chakras. All below.


Jewelry sales decline in April, lab-grown sales growth decelerates

– Independent jewelers’ sales have surprisingly held up, panel says

– Polished-diamond prices decline


WSJ: Cartier does more U.S. business than Tiffany

– Richemont posts record sales


Brilliant Earth sees sales, profits decline

– First-quarter results call transcript

– Earnings top estimates


Spacecode can tell where your diamond’s from (maybe)

– GIA looks at diamond origin determination


Everledger enters administration in Australia

– U.K. branch winding up


Sarine completes purchase of GCAL


How ChatGPT can help jewelers with their business


Zvi Yehuda, prolific industry inventor, dies


Stanley Zale leaves Stuller


Ethical Metalsmiths names Christina Malle president


Movado announces new HR executive


Anders Romberg returns as Watches of Switzerland chief financial officer


Walmart promotes company veteran to chief merchandising officer


David Gotlib reelected chairman of Antwerp Beurs Voor Diamanthandel


Omogolo Bonjo Mathumo named HB Botswana communications director


Phillips appoints Benoît Repellin worldwide head of jewelry


Despite controversy, Christie’s jewelry auction sets record

– Diamond group asked Christie’s to halt sale

– Artnet has the play-by-play


The inverse correlation between supply and prices for luxury watches


Botswana “has always driven a hard bargain with De Beers”

– Relationship is “too big to fail”


Rio Tinto marks 20 years of Diavik


DR Congo diamond mine collapse claims six lives


Surat artisans worry about livelihoods


Mehul Choksi wins Antiguan court ruling


Australian luxury jeweler accused of faking robbery


EEOC sues LeachGarner for sex discrimination


Counterfeit Rolexes, jewelry found in Louisville


Detroit company lifts women out of poverty by transforming graffiti into jewelry


Black in Jewelry Collective to debut at JCK


The Tiffany Diamond has a new setting


The crowns and lack of tiaras at the coronation

– Were the diamonds in Camilla’s crown “stolen”?

– Kate Middleton honors Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth with jewelry


Princess Diana’s personally designed jewelry suite could fetch $15 million


Scarlett Johansson understands the power of feel-good jewelry


Four arrested for allegedly stealing jewelry from Astros star Jose Altuve’s home


Rising gold prices mean ridiculed South Korean statue draws more interest


SRK’s Govind Dholakia writes autobiography


Jewelry to unblock your chakras


Media Watch

Financial Times, CNBC, and Axios on Russian diamonds

FT profiles Diamond Standard

HuffPost on natural versus lab-grown diamonds


From the Blog

Spacecode Can Tell Where Your Diamond’s From (Maybe)


From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 95: Guest Lawrence Hess


Have a great weekend!


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By: Rob Bates

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