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When the window of opportunity opens, don’t pull down the shade

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has handed the lab-grown diamond industry a unique opportunity. ANGELA HAN says making the most of these once-in-a-lifetime chances is how history is made. Read more »

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Veritas odit moras – truth hates delay

‘Corporate transparency’ – world-changing initiative or another buzzword being bandied around? ANGELA HAN digs a little deeper into what these words really mean. Read more »

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Leaving the pandemic blues in the dust

As the industry bounces back from the ravages of COVID-19, there have been many ‘positives’ over the past two years. ANGELA HAN says the sentiment should remain optimistic for the upcoming Sydney trade fair. Read more »
The term ‘responsibly-sourced’ forms a significant part of Gemfield's marketing, and it’s important to reiterate here that the Gemfields Group is not a member of the RJC. Image: Gemfields

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Gemfields, Fabergé and the Responsible Jewellery Council

It’s no secret that the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has faced a barrage of criticism since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war. Read more »
This Omega x Swatch collaboration may prove to be a spark that starts a fire amidst the resurging popularity of traditional watches. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure: more collaborations between watch brands will most likely continue following the success of this recent event.

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Making sense of the Omega x Swatch chaos

Two iconic watch brands, one low price – the MoonSwatch was destined to be an astronomical collaboration. While Swatch has stressed that this wasn’t a limited edition release, it wasn’t enough to prevent crowd chaos at launches across the globe. ANGELA HAN explores what this says about consumers today and what it means for the watch industry. Read more »
Times have changed – this is a far cry from potatoes and tighter belts! We saw retail trading figures being buoyed by luxury consumption throughout the pandemic. The watch and jewellery sector evidently experienced momentous growth.

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Predictably unpredictable: the state of supply in 2022

The past two years of the global pandemic revealed some interesting trends, but one stands out: lockdowns, restrictions and overall sense of impending doom did not curb consumption. ANGELA HAN explores some of the anticipated changes to the supply chain in this brave new world. Read more »
The wise and percipient know from past experience that economic instability and the challenges therein can lead to new opportunities. Instead, these events can simultaneously expose existing weaknesses and strengthen the position of a business.

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Retail is dead. Long live retail!

For more than a decade, people have been predicting the end of physical stores as choice and convenience lured customers away from the streets and into the cloud. But one thing is certain, and as demonstrated by the past two years, nothing is as ever as it first seems. ANGELA HAN explores what the future holds for retail. Read more »

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DeBeers' lab-created diamonds: direct to consumers – it was always going to happen

De Beers recently announced that it will now sell loose lab-created diamonds direct to consumers. ANGELA HAN explores further challenges that lie ahead for both retailers and suppliers. Read more »
Jay Z and Beyoncé – wearing the Tiffany Diamond – in the new Tiffany & Co. campaign 'About Love'. Image credit: Mason Poole/Tiffany & Co.

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Beyoncé, Tiffany, and the marketing conundrum

Tiffany & Co.'s latest advertising campaign has made headlines – but will it attract new customers, asks Arabella Roden. Read more »
Once heralded as a great jewellery success story, Alex and Ani's fall from grace is something of a cautionary tale for business owners.

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From billion-dollar valuation to bankruptcy: Lessons of the Alex and Ani saga

Arabella Roden examines how management missteps created a perfect storm for a once-prosperous jewellery business. Read more »

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Life, death, and resurrection: Baselworld survives an execution

ARABELLA RODEN explores the reasons for Baselworld’s unexpected return – and why it wasn’t so unexpected after all. Read more »
The ‘Sakura Diamond’ sold for $HK226.275 million at a Christie's auction in May. Image credit: Christie's

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What it’s really worth

The recent auction of the Sakura Diamond at Christie’s was reported to be both ‘disappointing’ and ‘record-breaking’ – so which was it? ARABELLA RODEN explores the complex factors that determine value. Read more »
A portrait shot of the publisher's ex-runt first hoya compacta flower that bloomed two years earlier than usual since it was nursed from root rot.

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One part water, one part soil and sharp scissors

Recognising root rot is the first step towards saving a plant or tree, and just like gardening, a ‘dying’ business can often be saved by a repot and a solid prune. ANGELA HAN shares her experiences. Read more »

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To see the world in a facet

Problems can sometimes appear bigger than they really are, but solutions are often right before our eyes. ANGELA HAN reveals how diamonds can teach us multifaceted solutions to multifaceted problems. Read more »
Cloud Fatigue: extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical withdrawal from society. Symptoms include the desire to wear pants and get out of the house to hang out in the office.

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Read in the event of an emergency

As the world went into lockdown, businesses were forced to move trading from the street to the cloud. With the convenience and savings afforded to us by technology, are we looking at a digital-only future? ANGELA HAN reviews the state of affairs, one year on. Read more »

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