Soon You May Know Exactly Where Your Diamond Was Mined

“The social and economic value of diamonds is very different depending on where they come from in the world,” Mr. Moltke said on a video call earlier this month from his home in Antwerp, Belgium. He moved to the city, a diamond trading hub, after leaving De Beers, where he had worked for 16 years, including five years in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital.

“I saw firsthand how these diamonds do good and how important it is for those communities who live off them,” he said.

This month, International Diamond Center, a 12-store jewelry retailer based in Clearwater, Fla., is planning to introduce Botswanamark’s branded diamonds at four of its stores, Mr. Moltke said, adding that the consumer experience will be similar to the De Beers model.

Greg Kwiat, chief executive of Kwiat Diamonds, a diamond jewelry brand in New York City, said the company’s Mine to Shine traceability program, introduced in June, was likewise based on a desire to show how diamonds positively affect the communities in Africa where they are mined.

Consumers who buy Kwiat diamonds are able to follow their stones from the mine through the stages of cutting and setting into jewelry. “Right now, we’re sharing videos and imagery of the process as it’s occurring,” Mr. Kwiat said. “At the end, you get this aggregated video from start to finish as a wonderful shareable memento.”

Proving mined diamonds’ origins is something the diamond industry has focused on since the late 1990s, when the blood-diamond crisis shook consumer confidence in the trade. In 2003, a coalition of governments, civil society and diamond industry established the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, aimed at preventing the flow of conflict diamonds.

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Adele shows off diamond ring amid rumours she’s married to boyfriend Rich Paul

Adele has been photographed wearing a diamond ring, just weeks after calling her boyfriend Rich Paul her “husband” on more than one occasion.

On Sunday 15 October, the Grammy winner took to Instagram to show off some photos from her Las Vegas residency. However, each photo in the carousel featured the singer wearing a large diamond ring – specifically on her ring finger.

“Weekend 31,” she captioned the social media post, in which she wore a Swarovski crystal-studded black velvet Cong Tri gown and accessorised with a massive emerald-cut sparkler and a pavé band.

One of the photos also showed Adele holding up a copy of Paul’s recently released memoir, titled Lucky Me. The photo expertly showcased the ring, while the bottom half of the singer’s face was covered.

This is the second time that a diamond ring worn by Adele has sparked engagement rumours. She was previously wearing a ring during the 2022 Brit Awards;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link rapid-noclick-resp”seen wearing a ring during the 2022 Brit Awards, leading people to believe she was engaged to her boyfriend of two years.

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On 16 September, the “Hello” singer referred to herself as Paul’s wife during a performance at her Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. While answering questions from guests in the audience, one female fan asked Adele to marry her.

Adele went on to politely decline the marriage request, saying: “You can’t marry me, I’m straight, my love. My husband’s here tonight, he’s here.”


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Consumer Report: Lab-Grown Diamonds

The market for lab-grown diamonds is exploding this wedding season, putting larger gems onto more hands than ever.

But some say that shine can wear off when the synthetic stones quickly lose their value.

Pandora, the largest jeweler in the world, is now very much in the diamond business.

Last year, the company that’s well-known for its accessible charm bracelets began selling lab-grown diamonds set in rings and other jewelry.

The diamonds are offered at prices Pandora says make sense for their slice of the jewelry market.

“What we are seeing a lot is people that always dreamed but never had a chance to buy a diamond. Now they can,” said Luciano Rodembusch, Pandora’s North American President.

At Pandora, a one carat diamond ring goes for less than $2,000, while a 2-carat piece sells for roughly $5,000, a fraction of what similar, mined stones would cost.

Pandora says its lab-created diamonds are manufactured in U.S. facility using 100% renewable energy.

“Ours are going to be one-fifth to one-seventh of the price,” Rodembusch said.

According to The Knot, the popularity of lab-grown diamonds has doubled since 2020.

In 2022, more than a third of engagement ring center stones were manufactured, not mined.

Regardless of the source, the diamonds are visually and chemically the same.

But, some argue that there is a key value difference.

Olivia Landau, co-founder and CEO of custom jewelry company The Clear Cut, sells only natural diamonds, which she says hold or even increase in monetary value.

“Lab grown diamonds hold zero value. They’re mass produced. You can create an endless supply of them,” Landau said. “They’re kind of the fast-fashion of diamonds, whereas natural diamonds do hold inherent value.”

The Clear Cut does use lab-grown diamonds but it actually gives them away for free,

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Miss Manners: My fiance wants a diamond ring, even if the stone comes from Russia

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am very much against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and I don’t want to support it by buying a diamond engagement ring, since the stone is likely to come from Russia.

I told my fiancee I would like to buy her a ruby, emerald or sapphire ring — her choice — but she says the only ring appropriate for an engagement is a diamond. What is your advice?

GENTLE READER: This is not the jewelry department, so Miss Manners cannot advise you on how to find a diamond with a clear provenance (or a lab-created one). But that is what you must do.

The reason is not because there is any etiquette rule about diamond rings. Frankly, we don’t even care if there is a ring, much less what type. Etiquette considers that all an engagement requires is an agreement between two people to be married. It is not we who invented that bended-knee routine.

But your fiancee craves this. And your marriage will go better if you acknowledge that while a spouse’s moral convictions should be respected, so should a spouse’s emotional longings.

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: If one is dining alone at a restaurant and must burp, what should one do afterwards? It seems coarse to say nothing, but it seems odd to try to engage nearby diners.

By saying “excuse me,” would one be asking the salt shaker for a pardon?

GENTLE READER: Even if dining alone, one should say “excuse me.” Especially if the people at the next table jumped.

Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website,; to her email, [email protected]; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

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The Diamond Bank Is A Hidden Gem Against LA’s Jewelry Trove

            It’s often said that artists are defined by their eyes and how they see the world around them, which extends into the art of jewelry making and craftsmanship. Diamond diving is more precarious than you might imagine, for natural diamonds sparkle singularly in their own light, each one shaped and sculpted uniquely from the next. An eye for detail and diversity are required to identify true treasures, and The Diamond Bank, one of the most recognizable names in jewelry in Los Angeles and beyond, has perfected the art of ornamentation through decades of refinement and trust baked into the community, and the eyes that search for these pieces. Part of the charm that defines The Diamond Bank is their bespoke nature even after years of growth and development, retaining a distinctly artisanal quality unrivaled in the jewelry space. Much of this work is attributed to Chris Arakel, owner and lead designer, who embarked on his own journey 25 years ago.

            Fittingly tucked into the folds of LA’s “Diamond District”, The Diamond Bank only became a concrete destination in 2021 when their flagship studio opened on South Hill Street. Before then, The Diamond Bank name rested heavily on the shoulders of Arakel, who frequently traveled to cities far and wide for call-ins and consultations. Still to this day, referrals remain a large part of the company’s clientele, many of them repeat and returning customers who have trusted the quality of Diamond Bank for more than a decade.

            One of the largest distinctions in The Diamond Bank is their dedication to diamond diversity which, to the untrained eye, comes second or third to general size. What most people fail to realize is that diamonds themselves are a product of their environment, which affords a great deal of variety and surprises to

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Rihanna Wears Expensive $600k Diamond Toe Ring On TikTok

Staying true to one of her biggest hits, Rihanna shone bright like a diamond in a new TikTok, showing off some seriously expensive bling. In a now-deleted clip filmed ahead of the 2023 Met Gala, the 9-time Grammy winner could be seen strutting her stuff in a vintage faux fur Chanel jacket and black-and-white feathered hat, complete with a pair of black Amina Muaddi heels and a shimmering diamond toe ring — proving this ‘ugly’ trend is officially back in style. “Quiet luxury,” the singer captioned the post, which featured her XIV Karats pear-cut diamond toe ring that boasts a hefty $600,000 price tag.

Speaking to Page Six, diamond-toe-ring-could-be-worth-1-million/”jewelry expert Maxwell Stone explained that Rih Rih’s “9 carat pear-cut diamond” was likely an intentional choice, as the ring’s “nontraditional cut” symbolizes “the empowerment and independence of the wearer” — which Stone says is the “perfect choice for a global superstar like Rihanna.”

The dazzling stone soon caught the attention of admirers on TikTok, including actor Christa Allen, who declared a “toe ring revolution” has begun. “Rihanna rocks a toe ring so I went out and bought a toe ring,” another user commented, while others also speculated that the toe ring was “an engagement announcement.”

Although Rihanna and her longtime partner A$AP Rocky are yet to announce an engagement, the couple is currently expecting their second child together. As fans of the “Umbrella” singer will recall, Rihanna announced her second pregnancy during her Super Bowl Halftime Show performance on February 12.

Back in 2022, the couple welcomed their first bundle of joy, but didn’t reveal the youngster’s name, RZA Athelston Mayers, until a year later in May 2023. The baby’s moniker is inspired by the iconic producer and rapper RZA, the leader of the U.S. hip-hop collective Wu-Tang

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Rihanna Wore a Diamond Toe Ring Worth $1 Million in the Name of “Quiet Luxury”

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Quiet luxury—also known as “stealth wealth”—is in these days, I’m told.

This trend, or perhaps more realistically this lifestyle, refers to wearing logo-less, discreet, high-quality, expensive items, which don’t scream designer but do “whisper” money, as style editor Emma Childs suggests.

Rihanna—a long-time aficionada of all things logos and jewels—doesn’t exactly fit the bill when you think of celebs embracing quiet luxury, and you better bet the Fenty founder knows it.

In a recent, now-deleted TikTok, the star showed off her feet in some very fancy shoes and an even fancier toe ring.

The shoes were heeled black sandals with crystal-embellished ankle straps by Amina Muaddi, originally retailing at $1,380, but now on sale for $966 at Matches Fashion.

As for the ring, it looked much more like a hyper-luxurious engagement ring than you’d expect a toe ring to, ever, featuring a giant pear-cut diamond.

Rihanna gave her TikTok the tongue-in-cheek caption, “quiet luxury.” I see what you did there, RiRi.

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“Rihanna is always impressing with her jewellery—just a few months ago, she wore $3.2 million worth of diamonds during her performance at the Super Bowl. Thus, it’s no surprise to see her flaunting an enormous diamond on her toe during a recent night out,” commented Maxwell Stone, a diamond expert at Steven Stone.

“Custom made by XIV Karats, the ring features a 9 carat pear cut diamond, sat on a pave band.

“Having been around since the late 1400s, pear-cut diamonds have been worn by women for centuries. Because of their nontraditional cut, they’re believed to symbolize the empowerment and independence of the wearer—making the cut the perfect

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Rihanna’s Diamond Toe Ring Is Allegedly Worth $1 Million

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Good afternoon, we’re here to inform you that Rihanna just stepped out wearing a diamond toe ring worth more than…literally anything most of us have ever laid eyes on. (Unless you’re in possession of your own million dollar toe ring, in which case I take it all back.)

Rihanna showed off her giant diamond toe ring in a TikTok, which she iconically captioned “quiet luxury.”

The 9 carat ring was made by XIV Karats, who confirmed that Rihanna wore it ahead of the 2023 Met Gala when she stepped out in this:

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Also, since you’re wondering, yes people in the comments of Rihanna’s TikTok think she’s telling us she’s engaged to A$AP Rocky so—if you’re reading into this toe ring—you’re not alone. And if you want to speculate further, fans also think she wore a straight-up wedding dress to the Met Gala.

As one person put it, “I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I think this is a nod to Rihanna and ASAP getting married. She’s late, she’s the last to arrive, and she’s in a wedding dress.”

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Diamond ring found in wastewater treatment plant returned to owner after 13 years

A diamond anniversary ring found in a regional wastewater treatment plant in the Twin Cities has been returned to its owner after nearly 13 years.

The Metropolitan Council previously found the ring in March at the treatment plant in Rogers, Minnesota, noting it was a “rare event, like winning the lottery.” After posting on Facebook about the discovery, the Met Council announced on Monday the ring was returned to its rightful owner.  

The ring was found by a maintenance crew that was working on a piece of equipment that separates large and heavy items from the wastewater as it enters the plant. As one of the technicians began to shovel out sand and grit that had settled to the bottom of the machinery, another technician spotted a shiny object in the material. It turned out to be the diamond ring. 

The Metropolitan Council posted on Facebook about the ring with “distinctive features” in hopes of locating the owner. Hundreds of people who had lost rings in the wastewater treatment system contacted Met Council about the found ring. Each person was asked to describe the ring and submit photos of it. 

Only one photo looked like a match. Two jewelers compared the ring photo against the actual ring, with both determining it was highly likely that it was a match. 

The owner positively identified the ring as the one that had been lost almost 13 years ago. After reuniting the owner with the diamond ring, the owner now wants to thank the

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Wife mistakenly flushed diamond ring 13 years ago. Then wastewater crews see ‘sparkle’

Mary Strand accidentally dropped her diamond ring into the toilet 13 years ago — then she flushed and saw her beloved jewelry swirling down the drain.

“I’m watching this ring swirl,” she recalled when talking with the Metropolitan Council, which provides services for the Twin Cities metropolitan area. “I dove for the ring, and it went down. It went down the drain. “

Panicked, the first thing the Rogers, Minnesota, woman did was call her husband, who happens to run a sewer and drain cleaning business.

He shook the toilet, hoping his wife’s ring might be stuck, but he had no such luck.

He also used a sewer camera — that can look about 200 feet away from the toilet — but “didn’t see anything,” he said in a Metropolitan Council video.

“I never, ever, ever thought that I would ever see this again,” Strand said.

Then in March, crews at the Rogers Wastewater Treatment Plant “spotted a sparkle coming from the muck” while working on machinery, according to a May 17 news release from the Metropolitan Council.

“Buried in the grit and the muck, they found a chisel, a clamp and a diamond ring,” officials said.

Metropolitan Council Maintenance Manager John Tierney “realized that it was probably special to someone and made a public appeal to find the ring’s owner,” according to the release. “Hundreds of people responded and shared photos and descriptions of rings lost down the drain. But only one photo stood out.”

That photo was of Strand’s long-lost diamond ring.

“Two jewelers compared the ring with the photo, and both said it was a likely match,” officials said.

“Against all odds,” the ring was returned to Strand on May 8.

Boy flushed his mom’s engagement ring a year ago. Sanitation workers just found it

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