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

Ondermijnen vrouwen het Israelische leger?

Een jaar geleden publiceerde ik in het NIW een artikel ( waarin in ik mij als bezorgde ouder afvroeg naar wat voor leger ik mijn zoon hier in Israel zou toesturen. Het proces van El’or Azarya was toen nog niet begonnen, maar beroerde de gemoederen, en ook de mijne, toen hevig. Fast forward. Zoonlief heeft inmiddels zijn meer dan zeven maanden durende ‘basic training’ in het leger achter de rug, tot zijn eigen en zeker ook tot mijn tevredenheid. Hij is in een legeronderdeel terecht [...]

By | 2018-07-11T14:15:35+02:00 July 11th, 2018|Blog, Dutch - Political|0 Comments

Minyan in Dubai – with live music

Getting on a plane is part and parcel of my work as spokesperson for a number of umbrella organisations in the international diamond industry and trade. In past May, I traveled to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, to work at the 37th World Diamond Congress. It is a biennial, joint event of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA). Dubai is a kind of Manhattan on steroids in the desert, located on the eastern coast of the Arabian [...]

By | 2018-07-11T12:52:44+02:00 July 10th, 2018|Blog, Human Interest - English|0 Comments

Marketing the myth – For consumers, Amsterdam is still Europe’s top diamond city

How many members of the international diamond trade make a weekly beeline for the bookstore or newsstand to pick up a selection of the latest consumer fashion and lifestyle magazines? Probably very few. Let’s face it, Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Oprah magazines are not regular reading in diamond business offices. However, in today’s diamond business, there is ever-growing awareness of the need to know the trends in the consumer markets, to catch up on fashion news and follow the performance of other luxury products. [...]

By | 2018-07-11T12:53:13+02:00 July 10th, 2018|Blog, English - Industry related|0 Comments

Remembering Howard Rubin, from a distance (February 2012)

This post was written in February 2012. It's 30 days ago since Howard Rubin passed away, and throughout the past weeks I've noted the many kind and often moving words have been spoken and written about Howard, that true gentleman. This may be a bit presumptuous on my part, but I'd like to try and speak on behalf of those who did not know Howard well, who knew him, as it were, from a certain distance, and who, in spite of that observation, feel that [...]

By | 2018-07-11T12:53:35+02:00 July 10th, 2018|Blog, English - Industry related|0 Comments

De mythe leeft voort – voor toeristen is Amsterdam nog steeds Europa’s diamantstad

  Enige tijd terug leidde Hetty Berg, de curator van het Joods Historisch Museum mij in een hoog tempo door de tentoonstellingszalen. We hadden beiden weinig tijd en ons doel was mij te laten zien welke voorwerpen en  er momenteel in het museum tentoongesteld wordt over de meer dan vierhonderd jaar oude geschiedenis van de diamantindustrie en -handel in Amsterdam. Een naoorlogse slijptafel, wat instrumenten, een interactive display. Berg vertelt dat het maar paar voorbeelden zijn en dat er vele honderden voorwerpen en dokumenten in [...]

By | 2018-07-11T12:57:03+02:00 July 10th, 2018|Blog, Dutch - Industry related|0 Comments

Out in the sticks

One of my American Facebook friends - she knows who she is - lives in a very small town in Arizona's countryside, and writes fantastic stories, among others about her well-planned and meticulously prepared forays into the city nearest by, an hour plus drive, for all the shopping and services she cannot get in her home hamlet. Living in Israel, a country the size of New Jersey, I've always thought this to be so amazing, that people would need to drive almost a hundred kilometers [...]

By | 2018-08-21T22:20:13+02:00 March 28th, 2018|Blog, Human Interest - English|1 Comment
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