May 7 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

May 7 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. And since way too many of us still aren’t, I urge you to support the World Federation of Diamond Bourses’ COVID-19 relief fund for India or other efforts to help our industry comrades there.

This week in Diamond Shavings: Can you tell a diamond is lab-grown just by inspecting it? Jewelers get into a lawsuit over a TikTok video. And why jewelers are getting into astrology. All below.


Harris Jewelry has closed all its stores.


JCK Las Vegas outlines health, safety measures.


U.S. economy could see fastest growth since the 1980s.

– Luxury consumption spending in China rebounds.

– Chinese women “revenge spend” on gold jewelry.


Pandora’s Bollocks

– Pandora stops using mined diamonds, a product it rarely used.

– Why it’s launching the brand in the United Kingdom.

– Will others follow suit?

– Canadian jewelers balk.

– A “PR masterstroke.”

– About that “ethical” angle…


How to tell if a diamond is lab-grown just by looking at it.


De Beers sight sees strong demand, low supply.

– Prices firm as Indian supply drops.

– Strong demand leads Alrosa to all-time high dividend.

– The diamond trade’s “brave new world.”


Russia, Australia produce half of all diamonds mined globally.


New 25% duty possible on Indian jewelry.


Vexed by visas: How 70 gem dealers never made it to Tucson.


Customs seizes 9,000 counterfeits of 10 brands.


Jewelers get into lawsuit over claims made on TikTok.


More victims claim they were swindled by Houston-area jeweler.


Better Business Bureau warns consumers about online jewelry retailer.


Israeli bank financing of the diamond industry slashed.


South African legislation is “strangling” the junior diamond industry.


How effective is the Kimberley Process?


De Beers moves Tracr into new phase with new CEO.


Ekati plans new open-pit mine.


Small-scale miners in Tanzania double in a year.


Phillips taps two execs in international expansion.


InColor editor Jean Claude Michelou dies.


Longtime Tiffany exec Debbie Kaufman dies.


Fifteen Black-owned fashion brands on what it takes to run their business.


Asian jewelry store owner attacked in D.C.


Man caught dancing after fencing stolen jewelry.


J.C. Penney cuts 650 jobs under new owners.


Mejuri has sold 1.5 million pieces, going into higher price points.


Alabama jeweler gets in “sign war” with local Chick-fil-A.


Judith Ripka to open Weschester store in June.


How Mimi So is managing.


New Yorker article on Lucara Diamond being turned into digital content.


Surprising stories behind the Smithsonian’s jewels.


American Museum of Natural History gem halls reopen.


Nashville, Tenn., jeweler uses pieces to spotlight mental health awareness.


Why jewelers are getting back into astrology.


Woman sparks outrage by calling “finders keepers” for engagement ring.


Couple finds jewelry in landfill.


Media Watch

Psychology Today on diamond psychology.


From the Blog

Vexed by Visas: How 70 Indian Gem Dealers Never Made Tucson


From the Podcast

The Jewelry District, Episode 43: Guest Christina Miller


Have a safe and healthy weekend.



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