With such friends, you don’t need enemies

Last month, Israel “pulled the plug on God TV." the evangelical channel “spreading the gospel of Jezus” to the Jews. God TV is an evangelical TV network that, according to its website, broadcasts worldwide to hundreds of millions of viewers. The programs are made by broadcasters who have an Anglican, Pentecostal, “Full Gospel,” or Messianic-Jewish background.   Messianic Jews are Jews who accept the figure of Jezus as the Messiah, just like ‘normal’ Christians. From a traditional-Jewish viewpoint, Jews who take this step commit no [...]



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 [...]


Tequila Sunrise

Earlier this week, Vlad Yavorskyy posted a story about Mandarin Garnet on Facebook.  He wrote: “In recent years many new gemstones have been unearthed in distant and exotic places, occasioning great excitement in the gem world. One such a fantastic moment came at the beginning of the 1990’s with the discovery of a vivid orange garnet in the remote North-West of Namibia….” And “Mandarin garnet itself is a spessartite with some almandine, and owes its bright orange color to the presence of manganese...” Thank you, [...]


The girl of yesterday

In early September, the head of the IDEX design team sent me the draft of the info mailer that announced the publication of IDEX Magazine’s September issue. If you haven’t seen it, take a look. It’s a great issue with a brilliant cover story by IDEX’s former head of research, Ken Gassman, that was inspired, so he said, by several of my Eagles-themed Memos. There is also an insightful article by Rami Baron and an important profile of Victoria McKay, who heads the Women’s’ Jewellery [...]


Time for OUCH: Openness, Understanding, Cooperation and Harmonization

This October, CIBJO – the World Jewellery Confederation will hold its annual congress in Bogota, Colombia, and shortly after that the delegates of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) will gather in Mumbai for their biennial congress – the 38th! There will be a lot to discuss, since the global diamond, gem and jewellery trade is facing lots of pressing issues and challenges. This past July, the United States Federal Trade Commission released the final revision [...]


Minjan in Dubai (first published in NIW)

Door mijn werk als voorlichter van een aantal koepelorganisaties in de internationale diamantindustrie en -handel, reisde ik afgelopen mei naar Dubai. Daar, in de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten, werd het 37ste Wereld Diamantcongres gehouden. Dubai is een miljoenenstad; een soort uit zijn krachten gegroeid Manhattan in de woestijn aan de oostkust van het Arabisch schiereiland. De stad is de laatste tien jaar uitgegroeid tot een van de belangrijkste distributie- en overslagcentra voor voornamelijk ruwe diamant. Tegenwoordig wordt de diamantindustrie en -handel voor 90 procent beheerst door [...]