May 21 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

May 21 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week in Diamond Shavings: Firecrackers thrown in Diamond District during protest over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Swiss trader said to launder Mafia money. Can there be vegan diamonds? All below.


GIA finding more lab-growns passed off as naturals.

– Lab spots synthetic ruby sold as natural.


What retailers need to know about the new mask mandates.


U.S. platinum jewelry sales rose 3% in 2020.


Bain sees “personal luxury goods market” on track for recovery.


Macy’s says jewelry attracting younger consumers.

– Macy’s reports surprisingly profitable first quarter.


Diamond producers sell off billions of dollars’ worth of gems as demand roars back.

– Paul Zimnisky: Will we see “generational consumer boom” for diamonds in second half?


Red end: Argyle unveils its final Pink Tender.

– Tender aims to develop secondary market.


Are men embracing diamonds?

– Adweek: Why did Tiffany wait 135 years for male engagement ring? (subscription required)

– Is Tiffany ignoring same-sex couples in engagement ring push?


Do couples pick out engagement rings together?


“Revolutionary” synthetic producer gets six-figure funding.


Charm Warfare

– Does Pandora’s strategy spell trouble for Alrosa?

– Pandora’s “box of worms.”

– Pandora announcement “completely irrelevant,” Lucara says.

FT: The industry fights back.


The sustainability of the new lab-grown diamond mine in China.


Swiss trader accused of laundering Mafia money with diamonds.


Petra Diamonds settles human rights claims.


Fireworks thrown during pro-Israel and pro-Palestine clash on 47th Street.


Russian spy case may have link to Viktor Bout and “blood diamonds.”


Detroit Customs seizes consumer’s elephant ivory jewelry.


Illegal gold markets in East and Southeast Asia.


Upcycling becomes issues in Chanel’s suit against jewelry company.


Signet CEO Drosos talks on Mad Money.

– Alliance Data, Signet agree to continue credit card services.


Bergio International acquires assets of GearBubble.


Shinola debuts its most complicated watch to date.


Interview with Chanel’s watch and jewelry director.


Interview with Swarovski’s first global creative director.


Mountain Province Diamonds borrows $33 million following slowdown.


Natural Diamond Council inks deal with Chow Tai Fook.


Oval diamond ring sells for triple its estimate at Bonhams sale.


Beth Bernstein thinks Elsa Peretti’s jewelry steals the show in Halston.

– Michelle Graff wants to see a Peretti spin-off.

WWD lists the designer’s five most iconic pieces.


The American Museum of Natural History’s new Gem Hall will cause “jaws to drop.”


Jewelers of America, AGA offering virtual conventions.


Responsible Jewellery Council joins UN Global Compact platform.


Aether Diamonds are “certified vegan.”


Media Watch

Australian writer happy with her cubic zirconia engagement ring.


From the Blog

The American Museum of Natural History’s New Gem Hall Will Cause “Jaws to Drop”


From the Podcast

The Jewelry District
, Episode 44: Our Digital Future, Tiffany’s Male Engagement Rings, Burma Sanctions


Have a safe and healthy weekend.



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