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May 17 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


This week: Jewelry advertised with AI. How Rolex became king. And a Harvard law professor on “engagement ring laws.” All below.


Anglo American confirms De Beers is up for sale

– Anglo reportedly eyeing De Beers IPO

– “Hard blow for troubled diamond market”

– Rio may bid for Anglo

My thoughts


U.S. grows “lukewarm” on Russian diamond ban


Christie’s postpones watch sales after cyberattack

– One yellow diamond scores big at auction as another is withdrawn

– Red diamond breaks records at Phillips Geneva


Kay Jewelers may anchor Signet’s growth this year


Shreve closes store in San Francisco after 172 years


Why retailers struggle to fire brands


More jewelry advertised with artificial intelligence


Brilliant Earth earnings call transcript


Cost-of-living crunch takes shine off Thomas Sabo


Watches of Switzerland’s sales flat for the year


“How Rolex became king”


Charles & Colvard going ahead with reverse stock split


Are lab-grown diamonds really taking over Australia?


Avi Krawitz put off by Helzberg’s lab-grown messaging (video)


Some “fragile progress” at the Kimberley Process

– The KP’s “window of opportunity”


Brosway Italia opens second U.S. store, in New Jersey


Longtime De Beers exec Rory More O’Ferrall dies


Former Krementz & Co. CEO Ted Bonsignore dies


Van Cleef & Arpels CEO to head Richemont


IJO promotes Jennifer Herold to VP


Frank Adams Jewelers appoints new CEO


Freeman’s | Hindman names Dianne Batista SVP


Botswana team visits Surat


Lucapa to sell 70% stake in Lesotho diamond mine


Diamond theft exposes tensions in Zimbabwe’s gem trade


Pandora builds $150 million jewelry plant in Vietnam


Viaan Kapoor: From diamond mogul to cinematic trailbrazer


Doja Cat shops for diamonds in bedsheet dress


Q&A: Jewelry designer Nicole Ringgold on writing The New Silversmith


Harvard law professor on rules of engagement (rings) (video)


Woman freaked out ex-boyfriend gave her diamond ring


Antiques Roadshow guest shocked by value of grandmother’s ring


Media Watch

Essence hails American Museum of Natural History hip-hop exhibit

Tony Robbins moved by ashes-to-diamond company Eterneva

The Onion imagines a Cartier diamond-encrusted gastric lap band

The New York Times on Charlotte De Syllas, metal settings that “disappear,” the history of Buccellati, changes at Hancocks, jewelry engraving, Hong Kong jeweler Forms, “ultimate insider” Walid Akkad, jewelry with animals


From the Blog

Where Does De Beers Go From Here?


From the Podcast   

The Jewelry District, Episode 121: Guest Al Cook


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By: Rob Bates

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