I think I should begin this blog with a bit of an apology: We, like so many others, predicted incorrectly.

As of Monday afternoon, donations to the ALS Association, the nonprofit that works on research, care services, public education and public policy surrounding amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), were up 767 percent year-over-year. They rose from $1.8 million between July 29 and Aug. 18 of last year to $15.6 million in the same time period this year, according to figures released by the association.

As both a reader and a writer, this headline in The New York Times caught my eye over the weekend: “Plot Thickens as 900 Writers Battle Amazon.”

I feel as though I’ve written a fair number of “large rough unearthed” stories in recent months, so many, in fact, that I began to wonder: Has this been an unusually active year for finding rough diamonds that are 100 carats or larger?
When I was wading through the De Beers Group’s first-half results recently, a paragraph about De Beers Diamond Jewellers, the retail chain De Beers operates in a 50/50 joint venture with luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, stuck out to me.

It was fitting that Monday’s story about the retirement of Tiffany & Co. CEO Mike Kowalski ran directly ahead of my latest piece about the Pebble Mine in Alaska, the proposed open-pit copper and gold mine that would sit at the headwaters of the pristine eco-system that surrounds beautiful Bristol Bay.

I received quite a bit of response from last week’s post concerning consumers’ thoughts on lab-grown diamonds, from both the trade and the people I polled. My article even sparked a more formal poll, on consumer-facing jewelry website PriceScope.

It’s been a rough (no diamond pun intended) past couple of weeks for two of the industry’s largest producers of lab-grown diamonds.
Everybody loves a mystery, and there is something particularly tantalizing about one that will never quite get solved.

July 2, a week from today, will mark the midway point of 2014. There will be exactly 183 days behind us and 182 more to go.

In 2012, Christie’s Rahul Kadakia cracked open a case of extraordinary jewels that once belonged to Huguette M. Clark that were, as the story goes, kept in a bank vault untouched since the 1940s.

I personally attended two panels in Las Vegas where the topic of lab-grown diamonds, also called synthetics, came up; the first covered synthetic diamond disclosure and the second was on five forces shaping the future of the industry. No. 1 of those five was lab-grown diamonds.

Albert Einstein once said that if bees were to disappear, mankind would only have four years left to live. Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff looks at two collections designed to help make sure that doesn’t happen by contributing to organizations working to save the honey bee. 
English designer Imogen Belfield and her chunky, gold nugget-esque designs were one of the standouts for me in Las Vegas last year, and I have been thinking about her Rock Cluster necklace since then.

This week, WSMV-TV, an NBC affiliate in Nashville, Tenn., aired a two-part segment about Genesis Diamonds (not to be confused with lab-grown diamond company Gemesis), a local jewelry store that uses reports from EGL International, among other precious gemstone grading labs.

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