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Trepidation

I write this column with trepidation, as it discusses how the ultra-orthodox Jewish cities and neighborhoods in Israel have become the central hot spots of the coronavirus. With trepidation, because no matter how careful I will spin the tale and report on the below, it is bad news. The good news is that, in a recent report, Israel was identified as one of the safest countries at the time of this pandemic. That is encouraging news, but it can still change. A humorous look at [...]

By | 2020-04-08T16:45:17+02:00 April 8th, 2020|Blog, Human Interest - English, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BC-AC

BC-AC? No, it’s is not the name of a band. That’s AC-DC. BC-AC is a term we’re going to hear a lot more in the coming weeks, months, and maybe years. I first came across it on March 20, in an article in the New York Times, written by the renowned journalist and columnist Thomas Friedman. “There is the world B.C. - Before Corona – and the world A.C. – After Corona. We have not even begun to fully grasp what the A.C. world will [...]

By | 2020-03-31T23:43:36+02:00 March 31st, 2020|Blog, English - Industry related|0 Comments

Dancing at two weddings at the same time

On Thursday, I watched Martin Rapaport’s webinar. The webinar ran for almost two hours. As Rapaport carried on, I became progressively more uncomfortable. Did he ask valid questions? He sure did. Here are some of the questions he asked. Are diamonds more than a luxury product? Are they better than shoes and pocketbooks? Are diamonds valuable? Why?Who makes them valuable? Who stands behind those diamonds?  Are diamonds a store of value in troubled times? Good questions, you’ll agree. He then continued making some more good [...]

By | 2020-03-21T20:51:23+01:00 March 21st, 2020|Blog, English - Industry related|0 Comments

Geen dag zonder Bach….in Israel

Bach-liefhebbers in Israel waren tot een jaar of wat geleden aangewezen op het luisteren naar hun eigen afspeelbare verzamelingen, op de - sporadische  - uitzendingen van Bach's muziek op de lokale klassieke zender, op de uitvoeringen van een handvol barok-ensembles, op het jaarlijkse Bach Festival in Jeruzalem en op andere, eveneens sporadische concerten. Voor de laatste twee moest  - en moet je nog steeds - flink in je geldbuidel tasten en meestal ook een flink stuk reizen. Maar nu is Bach overal 'bereikbaar.' Op mijn [...]

By | 2018-08-11T14:06:42+02:00 August 11th, 2018|Blog, Dutch - Human Interest|0 Comments

A blast from the past: Counterclockwise – a review of BaselWorld 2013

This blog, written in 2013, did not make it to the digital screen at the time, but with the Swatch company announcing it is withdrawing from BaselWorld 2019. I'm happy to share it, five years later.... I love going to Basel. I mean BaselWorld, that unique fair that has been held steadfastly, uninterruptedly – even during WWII… – since 1917 and ultimately evolved, over time, into Europe’s leading watch and jewelry fair, and into a must-attend event for European, North American and Asian buyers. I [...]

By | 2018-07-30T13:16:02+02:00 July 30th, 2018|Blog, English - Industry related|0 Comments

The end of emotion – the beginning of reason

From today and onward, the diamond industry and trade can stop screaming foul. During the past decade(s), the diamond industry has been discussing, arguing and sometimes been kicking and screaming foul against the tendency to call synthetic diamonds….indeed, diamonds. Throughout the years, I have witnessed grown men and women getting worked up and all emotional, arguing passionately that synthetic or lab-grown diamonds cannot be called diamonds, because they just aren’t. Their arguments were driven by emotion, not by reason. This contrary to their colleagues in [...]

By | 2018-08-07T21:12:13+02:00 July 28th, 2018|Blog, English - Industry related|0 Comments

By launching Lightbox, De Beers has blurred the idea of real

(Orginally published on GemKonnect on June 1, 2018) Earlier this month, the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) released the findings of a survey done by the Harris Poll revealing that ‘a clear majority of American consumers (68 percent) recognise that diamonds created in a factory (also known as “synthetic” or “laboratory-grown”) are not “real” diamonds’. The purpose of the survey was, as stated on the first slide of the survey's presentation, to "assess the extent to which consumers associate the term 'real diamonds' with 'natural diamonds’.” [...]

By | 2018-07-25T17:10:11+02:00 July 25th, 2018|Blog, English - Industry related|0 Comments

The Iceberg of Diamonds and Climate Change

One of my favorite quotes is by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who said that “Change is the only constant in life.” Wikipedia states that "Heraclitus was famous for his insistence on ever-present change as being the fundamental essence of the universe…" Some 2500 years later, this philosopher's pearls of wisdom are still fresh and applicable, also to the diamond, gem and jewellery industry and trade in which many of my blog's readers make, or try to make, a living in. Currently, one of the world's [...]

By | 2018-07-22T21:51:21+02:00 July 22nd, 2018|Blog, English - Industry related|0 Comments

Time to start listening – to the retailers

As a diamond industry communications specialist, I read Rapaport - and many other new sources - daily. In the diamond industry and trade itself, Rapaport is no doubt an important news source. "Rapaport's weekly email is the first thing I read on Friday morning," a religiously-observant diamond trader told me a while ago. Add to that his multiple, daily consultations of the Rapaport diamond price list, and he most probably reads Rap many more times a day than he opens his prayer book. Therefore, when [...]

By | 2018-07-25T17:29:20+02:00 July 11th, 2018|Blog, English - Industry related|0 Comments

Aanval op de consensus (gepubliceerd in NIW in 2016)

Mijn radio staat afgesteld op “Reshet Bet,” de Hebreeuws-talige nieuwszender, vergelijkbaar met Radio 1 in Nederland.  Men laat een opname horen waarin onze volkse president Rubi Rivlin zijn toehoorders verzekert dat met onze Chef van Staven, Gadi Eizenkott, aan het roer van de IDF, hij een stuk beter slaapt in Jeruzalem. Het Israelische leger, verzekert Rivlin ons, is het meest ethische leger in de wereld en we kunnen onze zonen en dochters met een gerust hart naar het leger sturen om hun dienstplicht te vervullen. [...]

By | 2018-07-11T14:11:19+02:00 July 11th, 2018|Blog, Dutch - Political|0 Comments
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