As I’ve noted in this blog before, getting the chance to view some of the world’s most spectacular gemstones in person at Christie’s is and always has been one of my favorite aspects of this job.

Earlier this week, news broke of a renaming and corporate identity consolidation underway at De Beers, a company in the midst of a major transition as the Oppenheimer family exits the diamond business and Anglo American ups its stake. The...
I don’t usually have the opportunity to blog about jewelry I like. I am usually, as the English would say, banging on about generic diamond marketing or social media law. Recently, though, I received an email from a jeweler I...
The absence of De Beers as the driving force behind the promotion of diamonds has been described as a void, a vacancy and a vacuum, one the industry has not been able to cohesively fill. A couple of years ago,...
I feel the need to confess something right here and now. I personally don’t like Facebook. I just can’t delude myself into thinking that anybody actually cares what brand of syrup I bought at the store this morning (yes, this...
Sterling Jewelers made a number of big announcements during its conference call on Thursday, not the least of which is that it is now a “Select Diamantaire” of mining giant Rio Tinto, and that it's making a bigger push into...
On my trip to London last month, I learned an interesting piece of Olympic history, one that I thought would be good to share as the Summer Games kick off this Friday in London. So, here’s my trivia question: The...
When you’re a member of the media you receive many emails, particularly from people and companies you may not know looking to introduce themselves and, hopefully, garner a little press. In the midst of this digital crush, it takes something...
A few weeks after news surfaced that hundreds of synthetic diamonds were submitted to the International Gemological Institute (IGI) in Antwerp without proper disclosure, a press release began circulating about a $199 lab-grown diamond detection device. The DiamaPen, a laser...
For years in retail, the story has been about brick-and-mortar retailers losing business to pure-play online retailers, which can offer the same product for less due to lower overhead costs. Now, however, it seems that e-tailers are awakening to the...
Last night, the Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA) held a meeting in New York City covering what is undoubtedly one of the most talked-about topics among diamantaires today: synthetics. As I am sure many of you are...
In the watch industry, brands constantly are on a quest to connect with their history and tradition, leading to the introduction of countless timepieces that “reach back into the archives” to pay homage to a milestone anniversary of one particular...
It didn’t take very long after the World Diamond Council (WDC) and the Kimberley Process (KP) expressed their support for broadening the definition of “conflict” diamond for the first sign of resistance to surface. The day after the news emerged...
Last week was Madison Avenue Watch Week here in New York, a seven-day stretch dedicated to showcasing and recognizing the work of watchmakers and the high-end timepiece brands that line Madison Avenue. As part of the week’s festivities, I took...
A recent Associated Press article ignited debate over employers asking for potential employees’ social media passwords, the combination of letters and numbers that open the door to the presumably personal worlds of accounts on sites such as Facebook and Twitter....
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