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

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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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