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Nov. 12 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


This week: Retailers sound off on the vaccine mandate, the supply chain, and the new infrastructure bill. Lightbox may be the brand to beat. How Tiffany may break the internet. All below.


Baselworld fair canceled again.


Watches of Switzerland acquires five stores as U.S. expansion continues.


It’s a new Day’s! Maine chain becomes employee owned.


Helene Fortunoff, legendary industry trailblazer, dies.


Jewelry shoppers buying diamonds, personalized gifts.

– Younger consumers buying more precious jewelry.

– More than half of U.S. consumers plan to shop before Thanksgiving.

– Edahn Golan: Consumers spending way more on jewelry.


Can jewelers benefit from shipping delays?

– President Biden says retail CEOs tell him shelves will be filled this holiday.

– Online merchants squeezed by increased shipping costs, delays.

– Retailers say infrastructure deal is “good news for the supply chain.”


What to know about the new COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

– Retail group calls mandate “burdensome.”


List of top luxury brands include Cartier, Rolex.


Luxury brands prioritizing ethics.

– More luxury brands offering “pre-loved” items.

– Is recycled fashion really more sustainable?


Phillips sets world record for watch auction.

– The five most expensive watches sold at auction.

– Who is to blame for rising secondary market prices?


Artisan independent watchmakers now outshining the majors.


What the diamond industry learned post-COVID.

– There’s a sudden run on fancy-shaped diamonds.

– De Beers raises prices on cheaper rough diamonds.

– Lower rough supply drives greater efficiency.

– Alrosa posts profit jump on recovering diamond demand.

– IDEX sees prices start to fall.


There’s renewed interest in diamond exploration.


Why so many hate the Kimberley Process—but don’t leave.

– Kimberley Process NGOs call for “reality check.”

– World Diamond Council leader still trying to get Kimberley Process definition expanded.


Indian diamond mine plan threatens local forest (video).


Marange diamond protests: What industry should know.

– Zimbabwe turns to United Nations over gem ban.


Teen Vogue looks at Instagram lapis sales and the Taliban.


Mozambique’s gemstone industry spurs “cycle of corruption.”


What life is like in an illegal Madagascar gem mine (video).


World Wildlife Federation on the “downside of gold.”


United Arab Emirates will mandate audits for gold refiners.


Bulgari commits to use only gold from certified sources.


Jeweller looks at lab-grown market.

– Why natural and lab-grown really are competitors.

– Are advertising standards for lab-grown diamonds too strict?

– Is Lightbox now “the brand to beat”?

– Jewelers talk about top challenges selling them.


India draws up rules to prevent certificate fraud.


Post-Graff hacking, ransomware group says it won’t leak dictator data.


Integra Diamonds head sentenced for bilking investors.


Midtown Manhattan pawnshop sued by former billionaire over diamond ring loan.


Bernard Arnault, other billionaires, park assets in Luxembourg.


Namdia eyes 50% of Namdeb’s production.


South African cutter’s deal with Pluczinek could be a “game changer.”


Editorial: Zambia needs a “Debswana arrangement.”


Firestone Diamonds appoints new CEO.


Mountain Province hires new CEO.


Gannon & Scott gets new Arizona plant manager.


Jeweler Renna to open Meatpacking District showroom.


Activist investor buys stake in Richemont.

– Another shareholder agrees.


Macy’s boosts hourly pay to $15.


FT looks at how to get an affordable mid-priced watch.


British Vogue says that silver is “ready to take over your jewelry box.”


Tiffany & Co., Supreme collaboration may “break the internet.”

– Aimed at young consumers.


Twenty-carat Okavango Blue displayed at American Natural History Museum.


Everything to know about New York City Jewelry Week 2021.


Marie Antoinette’s diamond bracelets fetch $8.3 million at auction.

– Sotheby’s to feature Romanov jewels.


Discovery of “new” gemstone turns coal into gold.


New mineral discovered in deep Earth diamond.


Bride asks if it’s wrong to tell mother-in-law diamond is “cursed.”


TikToker slams follower who criticized her engagement ring.


In prank, New York police officer gets engagement ring instead of an award.


From the Blog

Why So Many Hate The Kimberley Process—But Don’t Leave


From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 56: Sustainability and Holiday Marketing


Have a safe and healthy weekend.


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