This week in Diamond Shavings: Watch demand back at pre-pandemic levels. Big customs diamond busts in Hong Kong and India. And “trash into jewelry” project goes viral. All below.
Duty free (for now): U.S. postpones tariffs on Indian jewelry.
U.S. jewelry demand bounces back.
Swiss watch exports recover to pre-COVID-19 levels.
Diamond shortages driving “crazy” rough prices.
Hong Kong customs seizes 1,300 diamonds in record bust.
Diamonds seized in Surat for wrong weight disclosure.
New Jersey bill will increase penalties for jewelers who violate fencing laws.
Flood of fake ancient jewelry is duping buyers.
Banks chase cash lost to Winsome Diamonds.
– Mehul Choski’s lawyers claim he was kidnapped by phony “girlfriend.”
– Indian plane leaves Dominica without Choksi.
– Choksi denied bail.
– Wife claims he wasn’t charged; yes, he was.
– Calypso singer gives daily updates.
How Petra Diamonds ended up in a human rights mess.
Reports looks at Belgium’s conflict diamond controls.
Pandora Seems to Have Opened…Something
– Why Pandora lab-grown controversy is fruitless.
– Thoughtful essay on lab-grown diamonds and hopes for the future.
– New ABC story on lab-grown diamonds.
– Ben Chavis on natural diamonds (video).
Sotheby’s to auction one of the largest-ever fancy yellow diamonds.
Brilliant Earth opening two showrooms this summer.
Is the never-ending Sears saga finally near closing?
Target, Walmart announce sales events to rival Amazon.
Trade shows are back! VicenzaOro, HardRock announce dates.
Hard luxury embraces “Chinese digital future.”
– Can Gucci sell high-end watches to China?
– Pomellato CEO on the changing Chinese jewelry market.
Vacheron Constantin appoints new president for the Americas.
Freeman’s auction house appoints Tracey Kahle as regional rep.
Fancy-color group expands advisory board.
Ohio jeweler faces menacing charges, runs for school board.
Alan Revere guides 20,000 people through jewelry-making on Facebook.
John Goldman, vice president for Richline and Cynergy, dies.
Inside Tiffany & Co.’s Pride Month campaign.
De Beers pledges $7 million in latest round of COVID-19 support.
COVID-19 interferes with Ekati operations.
DRC’s soil bears few riches for its gold miners.
Zimbabwe gold smuggling syndicates exposed.
Cameroon clears illegal gold miners after landslide.
Harry Winston’s apartment up for sale.
Man digs up diamond for engagement ring in Arkansas park.
The stories behind the American Museum of Natural History Beautiful Creatures.
Artist goes viral for turning trash into jewelry.
Documentary about “gem painting” just won an award.
The Good Men Project on shopping for an engagement ring.
From the Blog
How Petra Diamonds Ended Up in a Human Rights Mess
From the Podcast
The Jewelry District, Episode 45: Guest Shelia Bayes
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