May 18 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup  

This week: The new affordable Baume & Mercier brand. Rapper trades insults with jeweler. Will Prince Harry wear a wedding ring? All below.


Jewelry industry feeling confident, survey says.


Pandora’s U.S. sales fall 8 percent in first quarter.

– Earnings call transcript.


ABN AMRO shutting New York City and Dubai diamond lending offices


A. Jaffe asset purchase price revealed: $8 million.

– Judge puts sale on hold.


Samuels Jewelers taps financial consultancy Berkeley.


Charges against Modi, Choksi filed.

– Bank of India sues Modi in Hong Kong.

– Jewelry seized from Gitanjali Group.

– De Beers says it’s tightened due diligence.


Ben Janowski: Industry supplies “in transition.”


Baume & Mercier launches affordable spin-off brand.


Richemont buying back a lot of unsold watches.

– Results below analyst expectations.


Jewelers Haute Victoire and Ceremony go direct to consumer.


Cellini opens new Park Avenue flagship.



Why Jacob & Co. launched new retail store.


Tiffany offering employees paid parental leave.


Helzberg gets new point-of-sale platform.


B.J.’s Wholesale Club files for IPO.


Rare diamonds blow away estimates at Sotheby’s.

– 50 ct. diamond leads Christie’s sale.


De Beers raises diamond prices, again.


New Botswana president wants De Beers to provide more local cutting.


How De Beers is using modern technology to tackle an old ugly problem.

– De Beers tracks first diamonds with blockchain.

– Alrosa premiers its own diamond-tracking initiative.


Alrosa wants to sell more colored diamonds.

– Alrosa may buy Kristall sometime this year.

– Alrosa earnings call transcript.


Dominion warns of mine layoffs.


Beny Steinmetz digging for diamonds again.


Spence Diamonds hires first-ever chief marketing officer.


Firestone Diamonds appoints new CEO.


Alrosa gets new head of corporate finance.


World Federation of Diamond Bourses asks Blom to stay on as president.


Lussier, Bouffard, and Chandler to be honored by AGS.


Longtime Florida jeweler Robert DuBose dies.


Former jeweler gets jail for larceny.


Hezbollah laundered money with conflict diamonds.


Eighteen acquitted in Brussels airport diamond heist.


Borsheims builds water delivery system in Botswana.


Jeweler says rapper 6ix9ine didn’t pay for bracelet.

– Rapper fires back.

– 50 Cent somehow gets involved.


Elvis Presley’s Omega watch sets auction record.


Meghan Markle wears $10,000 earrings to wedding rehearsal.

– Will Prince Harry wear a wedding ring?


Hong Kong jeweler puts diamonds on a Coca-Cola handbag.


Commenters say Theo Fennell necklace looks like a—well, you’ll see.


How to bend diamond.


Diamonds believed to be from solar system’s “lost planets.”


Staten Island resident finds safe with jewelry in backyard.


Media Watch

CNBC says “industry warming” to lab-grown diamonds.


From the Blog  

De Beers’ Plan to Use Modern Technology on an Old Problem


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