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Nov. 3 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


This week: Gold has outperformed stocks this year. A Massachusetts jeweler pleads guilty to firearms trafficking. And how to tell your fiancé you hate his ring. All below.


New brand created from Watchbox merger with jewelry store chains

– Smashes walls between primary, secondary markets

– Will join Rolex certified pre-owned program


National Retail Federation predicts drop in holiday sales growth


Jewelry business closures rise, says JBT


Gold price surpasses $2,000 again

– Gold outperforms stocks


WD Lab Grown principals form new company


Stornoway Diamond Corp. files for creditor protection


Indian diamond industry plans to cut bank financing


Surat workers face “gloomy Diwali”


Webinar on the “diamond dilemma,” hosted by me (video)


Rapaport releases Russian diamond plan


Russian gems flagged in Antwerp


Russia says Kimberley Process being “politicized”


De Beers agrees to five-year wage deal with South African union


Researchers can now better tell where diamonds are buried (video)


Zimbabwe wants to tell its “positive diamond story”


Dana Al Alami Jewelry signs $120 million deal with Greenlab


Diamond Foundry says it wants to solve controversy over towers

– 120 residents protest

– Locals lash out at Leonardo DiCaprio


Diamond exchanges host “Stand with Israel” sale


United Arab Emirates poised to come off financial watchdog “gray list”


Neiman Marcus “confident” in exit options


Claire’s to expand in 700 Kohl’s stores


Saks’ Marc Metrick on luxury’s long game


Rolex trolls Omega by purchasing building with its flagship


Wells Fargo sued over customer’s missing jewelry


Oregon jeweler hit with additional “scam” allegations


Massachusetts jeweler pleads guilty to firearms trafficking


Canadian jewelery company fined by anti-money-laundering agency


Former president bids farewell to Jewellers Association of Australia


Hearts on Fire appoints general manager for China


Iconic Audrey Hepburn necklace up for sale at Christie’s


Tamar Braxton’s ex-husband Vince must pay $68,000 for blowing off jeweler’s lawsuit


Opal ring, tourmalines headline 2023 AGTA Spectrum Awards


How to clear “haunted” engagement rings of bad energy


Rhode Island jeweler makes keepsakes from cat whiskers, fur ashes (video)


How to tell your fiancé you don’t like the engagement ring


From the Podcast     

The Jewelry District, Episode 107: Guest Edahn Golan


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By: Rob Bates

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