Josh Saltzman of Nomad’s said he’s been selling more aquamarine since Meghan Markle wore Princess Diana’s emerald-cut aquamarine Asprey ring to the royal wedding reception. He expects the trend to continue at the 2019 Tucson gem shows.
New York—Need to catch up on jewelry news from last week? Here are five stories to get you started.

1. 7 Expectations for the Tucson Gem Shows
Exhibitors dish on the gemstone colors, qualities and cuts that will be hot in the desert.

2. Italian Jewelry Designer Pippo Perez Dies at 72
Perez founded his namesake line in 2006.

3. De Beers Has Changed This Rule Regarding Rough Diamonds
The company is implementing a policy shift that will allow sightholders to refer to its rough stones as “DTC diamonds.”

4. The Industry Shrank by 4% Last Year, JBT Data Shows
A healthy number of new jewelry businesses opened in North America in 2018, but not enough to offset the number of companies that closed.

5. Amid Unrest, Alrosa to Return to Zimbabwe
The Russian diamond miner said it plans to start exploration in the country by the middle of next month.

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