Nov. 22 Diamond Shavings: Your (Pre-Thanksgiving) Web Roundup


This week: Rolex waitlists are getting shorter. Kohl’s sours on digital. And Tiffany hooks up with Pokémon. All below.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!


De Beers to tell “origin stories” about its diamonds

The New York Times on diamond tracing (by Victoria Gomelsky)


Kremlin says diamond ban will have “boomerang effect”

– Rough times ahead for Surat?


African producers criticize efforts to bring up Russian issue at Kimberley Process

– Post-KP statements from United States, Canada, Russian foreign ministry, World Diamond Council, and Civil Society Coalition


Russian gold floods into Hong Kong following UAE crackdown

– Independent jewelers prioritize traceable gold


Diamonds may feel impact from Israel-Hamas war


Unique sues Signet over customer refunds


Instore’s 2023 survey on lab-grown diamonds


Rapaport puts out a “consumer alert” on lab-grown diamond prices


Paul Zimnisky podcast with Stuller’s Guy Borenstein


Manufacturing slowdown hits Sarine results


Top tips to avoid break-ins this holiday weekend

– National Jeweler webinar on protecting your store this holiday (video)


Philadelphia’s Jewelers’ Row wants to become more attractive to pedestrians


Chicago developer buying city’s Jewelers Building


Saks sees 75% of luxe shoppers spending same or more this holiday

– Saks owner raised $340 million after not paying vendors for months (subscription)


Luxury brands show up again in China


Biggest Rolex store owner says waiting lists are shortening


Watchmakers explore musical tie-ins


David Yurman’s high-tech holiday campaign


German camera company Leica releases luxury watch


Kohl’s says digital business is “bringing us down”

– Kohl’s president/COO out after less than a year


Forevermark alum Kate Rogowski joins Pandora


Betts Group names David-Louis Hendley as new tools manager


Varda Shine becomes interim chair of Petra


Koolatotse Koolatotse appointed Debswana deputy managing director


Liberia president-elect to review mining concessions


LVMH succession drama “heats up” as Antoine Arnault steps down as head of shoe brand


Employee of Karan Kothari defrauded jewelry firm


Florida jewelry company gets deceased woman’s fingerprints without permission


Jilted bride selling engagement ring on Facebook receives “creepy messages”


Phil Collins ex-wife to auction couple’s jewels


Online auction sells Patek Philippe owned by first man to reach South Pole


Is Meghan Markle redesigning her engagement ring?


Black in Jewelry Coalition presents Rock the Jewels Awards


Tiffany releases Pokémon jewelry collection with a gold Pikachu


Media Watch

CNBC and BBC on lab-grown vs. natural

– Jeweler Jean Dousset tells TMZ lab-grown diamonds are “identical” to natural (they’re not)

The New York Times on jewelry houses entering fashion market, jewelry designers celebrating motherhood, jewelry podcasts, jewelry classes in Florence, and David Webb’s 75th anniversary


From the Podcast      

The Jewelry District, Episode 109, Guest: Olga Oleksenko


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