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.

Woolly mammoths and walruses and dinosaurs, oh my! Jewelry designer Monique Pean has carved out an interesting niche, literally -- she digs in the dirt for unique fossils--in the accessories market.

I am writing this blog post from the sunny lanai (fancy Florida word for what we just called a porch when I lived in Pittsburgh) of my parents’ house in Florida.

This past winter, one of my esteemed industry colleagues included a saying in one of his blogs that I had never heard before: If you really want to be wary of the mass media, read an article on a topic about which you are particularly well informed.

I ran a half-marathon Sunday and I did OK, considering the confluence of severe snowstorms and the flu that deterred my training.

I would like to clear up any confusion about a not-really-breaking news story that seems to have gotten new life lately following an article by The New York Times and the almighty online news machine, where stories get picked up and re-posted ad nauseam.

It’s been a long couple of weeks. I am exhausted from Basel and still in the midst of my not-very-well-thought-out Michelle-blogdecision to give up alcohol for Lent. What I wouldn’t give for a beer at dinner tonight or even right now; but I digress.

In early February, we ran a story about a new program called Sustainable in Style. Created by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based diamond company Avilan, the program pairs independents designers--Sofia Kaman, Toby Pomeroy and Megan Thorne among them--with Avilan’s “eco ethical” Storied Diamonds, which are recycled, or previously owned, stones.

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