The best way to gauge the growth, direction, and trends of any industry is by listening to what is being spoken about at the retail level. Even though companies and industry leaders aim to drive the market by introducing new products and trends, ultimately, retail sales associates and consumers play a significant part in determining the success or failure of any business decision.
The 4 Cs are usually part of the selling process when it comes to diamonds, but at Toronto’s Fair Trade Jewellery Co., you can add ‘3P’ to the conversation. As a triple bottom line company, the atelier operates on the ‘people, planet, profit’ business model, which encourages social responsibility and sustainability.
Stuller is adding lab-grown diamonds to its offering. “Lab-grown diamonds are optically, visually, and chemically identical to natural diamonds,” says Stanley Zale, vice-president of diamonds and gemstones.
The topic of a gemmology column appearing in the December 2011 issue of Jewellery Business centred on the likely probability of undisclosed synthetic diamonds making their way into the diamond pipeline.
For more than two decades, I was a practitioner of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. The style I practiced was focused primarily on the purely defensive and harmonious blending of the ‘attack’ and ‘response’ energies. Most of the appraisers I know also practice some form of self-defence, at least in their appraisals.