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Oct. 22 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


This week: Rolex Daytonas outperform the stock market. Digital advertising’s possible collapse. Why Dolly Parton doesn’t show off her diamonds. All below.


Lightbox cuts loose: De Beers brand sells unmounted lab-growns.


The lab-grown diamond price anomaly: Demand rises, prices fall.

– Jewelers consider the whole thing “complicated.”


U.K. ad watchdog: E-tailer didn’t properly disclose diamonds.

– The term “diamond simulant” is confusing and should be banned.


Why retailers expect the diamond boom to continue.

– Alrosa says diamond sector “fully recovered” from pandemic.

– Alrosa report sees favorable demand trends.

– Diamond sales fell in last De Beers sight.


Jewelers boosting holiday hiring.

– U.S. retail sales boost expectations for second month in a row.


Rolex Daytonas have outperformed the stock market.

– Is the Rolex boom a bubble?

– Why “investment-grade” watches are bad for the industry.

– Mainline China takes over Swiss watch business.


China’s latest crackdown could spell disaster for luxury goods.

– French luxury good stocks hit by weak Chinese data.


LVMH has powered through the pandemic, but that could change.


Five retailers that bounced back in 2020.

– Following up on five people who were supposed to save retail.


The “imminent collapse” of digital advertising.


In search, Amazon puts its own brands first.


Amazon launches in-store pickup option for items from local businesses.


Walmart is gaining on Amazon in e-commerce.


Birmingham, U.K., jewelry quarter threatened.


Former Signet CFO joins Shinola parent Bedrock Manufacturing.


Mellerio appoints Christophe Mélard as managing director.


Shreve, Crump & Low owner David Walker dies.


Jeweler William Morgan dies.


U.S court allows fraud charges against Nirav Modi and associates.


Man charged with insurance fraud after “lost” Rolex found at jewelry shop.


Scientists develop nontoxic gold extraction process.


AGD Diamonds, Grib Diamonds’ parent, is put into bankruptcy.

– Grib Diamonds CEO Igor Prokhorenko leaves.


Catoca: Mining leak contained no hard metals.


Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition NGOs gives update on illegal mining, trading in Africa.


Artisanal diamond miners trapped in collapsed tunnels.


Ekati’s owner clears regulatory hurdle for expansion.


UAE company sets record for biggest-ever display of jewelry.


Bulgari is bringing back one of the most coveted names in watches.

– Bulgari opens high-fashion hotel in Los Angeles.


Badgley Mischka introduces lab-grown line for Macy’s.


Stephen Webster scoops up Grosvenor Sustainability Prize.


Israeli jeweler turns Gaza rockets into wearable art.


Gübelin awards annual scholarship.


New book is a “love letter to diamonds.”


Oppenheimers investing heavily in Asia.


TV personality, businessman Marcus Lemonis to keynote AGS.


Kourtney Kardashian’s engagement ring is massive.


Tiffany & Co. debuts film about the Carters’ “date night.”

– Tiffany to mentor young people on creative team.


Lil Uzi Vert has a more expensive pink diamond than Ben Affleck.


Dolly Parton doesn’t wear real diamonds because she gives them away.


From the Blog

The Term “Diamond Simulant” Is Confusing and Should Be Banned


From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 54: Watch Sustainability, the HardRock Summit, and the Pandora Papers


Have a safe and healthy weekend.


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By: Rob Bates

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