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  1. GIA Launches AGS Ideal Report
  2. RJC Appoints New Executive Director
  3. Rio Tinto Production Jumps After Diavik Buyout
  4. Charles Stanley To Retire From De Beers
  5. Tiffany Joins LVMH Watches And Jewellery Division
  6. End-Year Diamond Prices Decline, says RAPI
  7. GIA’s Paperless Journey Begins
  8. Vicenzaoro January Reimagines Fine Jewellery Designs
  9. De Beers Rough Sales Steady At Year End Final Sight
  10. Gemfields Emeralds Take Centre Stage in New Jewellery Collaboration
  11. A 303-carat Golden Canary Shines at Sotheby’s New York Sale
  12. Christie’s New York auction totalled nearly $59M
  13. Pantone’s Color of the Year 2023: Viva Magenta
  14. Christie’s Hong Kong Jewellery Auction Fetched $46M
  15. Gemfields’ 187,775-carat Emerald Cluster Sets Record Price
  16. Yellows Showed Highest Increase in Q3 Fancy-Colour Price Index
  17. GIA Joins Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030
  18. David Yurman Features First Celebrity Ambassadors in Holiday Ad Campaign
  19. Gemfields To Auction 187,775-carat Emerald Cluste
  20. De Beers Announces Hollywood Star as First Global Ambassador
  21. Kering Q3 Jewellery Sales Remain Strong
  22. Rio Tinto Unveils First Argyle Brand Jewellery
  23. De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver to Step Down in Early 2023
  24. Price Decline Fuelling Diamond Trade Uncertainty
  25. ‘Williamson Pink Star’ Diamond Sold at New Auction Record
  26. Pandora Unveils First Ever Art Collaboration - Keith Haring X Pandora
  27. Further Growth in Hong Kong’s Luxury Retail Sales
  28. Pandora Unveils First Ever Art Collaboration - Keith Haring X Pandora
  29. Further Growth in Hong Kong’s Luxury Retail Sales
  30. Platinum Jewellery Sales Rise in Key Markets in Q2 2022, PGI says
  31. AGTA Announces New Board Members
  32. Fura Gems Discovers 101-carat Ruby
  33. Lightbox Sells Lower-Quality Lab-Grown Diamonds
  34. 160-Carat Rough Unearthed from Angola Mine
  35. GIA Found Synthetics, Simulant among Four ‘Natural’ Sapphires
  36. ‘De Beers Blue' Might Originate from Deep Earth, Says GIA
  37. New Chairman Elected at India’s GJEPC
  38. Tiffany Launches Its First All Gender Bangle Collection
  39. Pandora Launches Lab-grown Diamond Jewellery Collection in North America
  40. Gemfields Reports Record Revenues
  41. IIJS Premiere Sees Record Number Visitors
  42. Signet Acquires Blue Nile for $360M
  43. Hong Kong jewellery sales slide in H1
  44. Fancy Colour Diamond Price Index Rises
  45. The Potentially Largest Pink Diamond Found in 300 Years
  46. Kering Reports Strong First Half Jewellery Sale
  47. Vicenzaoro Back In September
  48. eBay Offers Fine Jewellery Authentication with GIA Partnership
  49. New Executive Director and Secretary General Appointed for Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030
  50. VO Vintage Returns To Vicenzaoro September
  51. Sarine Partners With NGTC on Grading Reports In China
  52. Diamond Prices Slide Amid Economic Uncertainty
  53. De Beers, Botswana Sales Agreement Extended
  54. AWDC Appoints David Gotlib As New President
  55. IGI Debuts Online Learning Courses
  56. Swarovski Appoints First Non-Family CEO
  57. Kashmir Sapphire Ring Comes Out on Top at Bonhams
  58. WJA Foundation Launches New Scholarship for Women of Colour
  59. Blue Nile Merges with Mudrick for Its Second IPO
  60. RJC Launches ‘Gender Equality Toolkit’ at JCK Las Vegas
  61. GIA Reports to Go Digital by 2025
  62. Gemfields Achieved Highest Revenue at Emerald Auction
  63. DAMAC Group Now Owns de GRISOGONO
  64. GJEPC Proposes Lab-Grown Diamond Park in India
  65. Pandora’s New Crafting Facility in Vietnam Costs $100M
  66. Q1 Gold Jewellery Demand Soft, Says WGC
  67. Jewellery Buying Groups Formed New Global Alliance
  68. Singapore to Host Jewellery & Gem World 2022
  69. ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Premiered in Tiffany’s 2022 High Jewellery Collection
  70. Christie’s to Auction ‘The Light of Africa’ for $18M in June
  71. New Board of Directors were elected to Jewellery Exporters Association of Turkey
  72. Oroarezzo back with Première Competition
  73. ‘De Beers Blue’ auctions US$57.5M at Sotheby’s
  74. CTF launches Mother’s Day collection
  75. Jewelers of America Announces The 2022 CASE Award Winners
  76. De Beers: Diamond Businesses Staying Cautious About Business Expectations
  77. Synthetic Alexandrite Pioneer David Patterson Dies at 89
  78. 205 CARAT FANCY INTENSE YELLOW DIAMOND GENEVA MAGNIFICENT JEWELS | 11 MAY 2022
  79. Rebecca Foerster Appointed As President of Hearts On Fire
  80. US Steps Up Sanctions Against Alrosa
  81. PGI Study Findings: Consumers Have Different Interpretations of Sustainability
  82. Irving Wong Appointed as Pandora’s General Manager For China
  83. Rolex’s 6 New Watches Unveiled at Watches & Wonders Geneva
  84. Sixième Sens par Cartier High Jewellery: Heteractis Ring
  85. Will Russian Diamond Ban Help Foster Lab-Grown Diamond Business?
  86. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  87. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  88. JEWELLERY GENEVA Takes Place between 30 March and 3 April 2022
  89. Christie’s Presents 228 carat White Dimond
  90. Gold Bar Integrity Programme to be Implemented
  91. Press Release: BONHAMS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF BRUUN RASMUSSEN AUCTIONEERS – DENMARK’S LEADING AUCT
  92. Early Spring Fashion for Natural Diamonds
  93. Jennifer Garner Shines in De Beers Jewellers at the Premiere in New York
  94. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, “Cartier Women’s Initiative Impact Report”
  95. American Gem Trade Association Announces Partnership with JCK Show Again
  96. Chow Tai Fook and Canada's Mountain Province Diamonds Sign Supply Agreement
  97. Registration Is Open for 2022 JCK Show
  98. Alrosa Caught Up in U.S. Sanctions
  99. Tawhid Abdullah Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  100. The Largest Blue Diamond Appears at Sotheby’s Auction
  101. Price Rise for Nearly 90% Of Fancy Colour Last Year
  102. Dickson Yewn’s Collectibles Given for Sotheby’s Charity Auction
  103. De Beers Boosts Production
  104. Watches & Wonders Geneva To Be Held In Hybrid Format
  105. Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai to Debut February
  106. Hong Kong Losing its Dominance as the World's Largest Watch Market
  107. Gift Guide for CNY
  108. Press Release: Sotheby’s Announces New Appointments To Luxury Team In ASsia
  109. Georg Jensen Becomes a Certified Member of RJC
  110. 555.55-carat Black Dimond Unveiled at Sotheby’s Auction
  111. GIA Appoints Anna Martin as SVP for Institute, Industry Relations
  112. Alrosa Boosts Direct Sales of Fancy Diamonds to Investors
  113. CIBJO General Assembly postponed to March 17 and 18, 2022
  114. 7,525 Carat Emerald Discovered
  115. Karl Lagerfeld Jewellery Collections to Shine
  116. Diamonds Travel To The Space
  117. Vicenzaoro January postponed to March
  118. America’s Youngest Jeweller Starts Business via Instagram
  119. Concerns over conflict gold arise again
  120. The 1st International Gemstone & Diamond Trade Summit Wraps Up in Macao
  121. The Knot’s Study:Over 30% of Respondents Say Natural Diamond Unimportant
  122. Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year: Very Peri
  123. Phillips Jewellery Auctions Fetch over HK$181 Million
  124. The World’s First Pure Gold Castle of Magical Dreams by CHOW TAI FOOK
  125. Jewellery Sales Jumped 78% During the Thanksgiving Holiday
  126. Gem Auctions DMCC’s Debut Auction Successful
  127. Cartier’s Christmas Tree Lights Up the City with Love and Hope
  128. Rediscovering Lacloche in Hong Kong
  129. Blue diamonds to lead Christie’s HK autumn sale
  130. JMA show to stage next Thursday
  131. HK auction to help Cambodian kids
  132. Basel fair cancelled again
  133. HKDI show to continue in Dec
  134. Gemfields sells 7,500-carat emerald for good
  135. Sustainability is key to diamond purchases, a report says
  136. Christie’s Geneva jewellery sale fetches CHF53.7m
  137. Cibjo forms working group on fei cui standards
  138. Only Watch raises CHF30m for DMD research
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HIGHLIGHT

  1. US market unfolds changes and potential
  2. The queen of gems, the gem of queens
  3. Classics return

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Sustainability: a new way for pearls to go

Pearls, especially cultured pearls, can be viewed as a renewable resource. Top quality pearls can only be produced if we treat our environment in a good manner. This is a win-win situation that a number of people involved in the pearl industry have been aware of for a long time. In a recent conversation with Laurent Cartier, co-founder and lead researcher of Sustainable Pearls with extensive visits to pearl farming areas more than 10 countries in the past three years, shared some of his research outcomes with Hong Kong Jewellery, discussing responsible and sustainable pearl production in better quality and economic profit.

Sustainability has become a widely used term, but what does it mean in the context of pearls? “Sustainability means that development meets present needs without compromising the needs of future generations. This also means that environmentally, you don’t destroy the ocean. You will still be able to produce pearls for a century from now. There are three pillars that include an environmental pillar, a social pillar which is related to the producers and surrounding communities, and an economic pillar which is linked to business and profits,” explained Cartier on the definition of sustainability.

“Ultimately, if a pearl producer operates sustainably, they ensure that their environment will continue to be able to produce high-quality pearls and can thereby operate profitably in the long run,” he emphasized.

“A recent consumer market research has shown that there is a niche market where consumers are interested in traceable pearls with a story, and they may be willing to pay a premium for this kind of product,” he added.

This consumer market survey was carried out by Julie Nash of Sustainable Pearls in collaboration with MVI Marketing on US consumers. It showed that consumers would be more interested in pearls if sustainability is communicated in a tangible manner. This is an increasing trend as a younger generation of consumers is more and more interested in sustainability in general. Demand for and interest in fair and ethical trade is also increasing in the jewellery industry. Corporate social responsibility is a theme that is being widely discussed by jewellery industry leaders, for example, at CIBJO congresses or the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).

In major pearl farms in Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, and Tahiti marine conservation and pearl farming area, protection is vital for business development and sustainability of the pearl trade itself. This is why world-renowned pearl producers such as Jewelmer and Paspaley have integrated different environmental conservation practices and sustainable farming techniques into their production cycles and marketing strategies.

“For producers, sustainability is one route to go in marketing their pearls. It is not just about having a logo saying ‘sustainable pearls’. The idea is that every producer has a different story to tell if that story can reach the end-consumers in meaningful ways there is huge potential,” Cartier said.

“The reason is that culture, history, origin and emotions are a bridge between jewellery and consumers. It is not only about spreading generic pearl education to consumers, it is also our wish that pearls should be traceable all the way back to the farm and its story which helps create value, as each producer and environment has a unique story,” he explained.

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