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A Massive Synthetics Wedding, and This Week’s Other News

Members of the editorial team pick their favorite pieces from the internet.

June 27, 2024  |  Rapaport News

What is the Rapaport team reading? The editors and reporters sat down to pick the content from around the web that’s helped expand their knowledge of the diamond and jewelry industry this week. 

Harbin Institute of Technology Celebrates Group Student Wedding with Special Diamonds (China Daily) 

“Harbin Institute of Technology held a mass wedding with 82 participating couples in an effort to promote its synthetic-diamond lab. It gave each couple gold wedding rings with two synthetic diamonds and turned it into a huge media event. I wonder how significant this is in terms of Chinese millennial and Gen Z demand for lab-grown versus natural diamonds.”   

Zoia Kolton

Sales Operations Manager
A Closer Look at the Meaning Behind the Jewels of ‘Bridgerton’ (JCK) 

“As a big fan of the TV show Bridgerton and someone who writes about covetable jewelry every day, this story seemed like a natural choice. The article looks at the jewelry of the hit Netflix show beyond simply praising their beauty as statement pieces meant to impress the whole of Regency-era Mayfair — and assigns meaning to why each piece was chosen. For instance, Penelope’s engagement ring has a floral motif, representing her elevation in the season to a woman coming into her own and as a nod to her former wallflower status.”  
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Leah Meirovich

News Editor
Gen Z Shapes the Future of China’s Diamond Market (Jing Daily)  

“China’s diamond market remains slow, but that doesn’t mean trends aren’t happening. This article outlines some of them. (Look out for our Rapaport Market Comment video today on why China has lost ground to India as a source of diamond demand.)” 
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Joshua Freedman

Senior Analyst
Will Semiprecious Gems Become More Popular Than Diamonds? Luxury Brands Look to ‘Affordable’ Stones (South China Morning Post) 

“With diamond prices high, semiprecious stones are making a comeback in the fashion industry. Designers feel they can convey unique ideas by combining colored gems in exclusive jewels. While buyers understand the value of these gems for their visual appeal and cultural significance, they can express their personal style by wearing these items.” 

Suzanne Watkin

News Reporter
Legacy Jewellery Houses from the 18th And 19th Centuries Are Back, and They’re More Relevant Than Ever (Vogue Singapore) 

“I have only read negative reviews of Feud: Capote vs the Swans, so I decided not to watch it, despite being a fan of history-inspired TV shows. But I might give it a try after reading it stars some amazing jewelry pieces, resurrecting interest in pieces from the ’60 and ’70s from names such as Verdura, Van Cleef & Arpels, Codognato, and Suzanne Belperron.” 
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Vanina Pikholc

Podcast and Video Producer

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A Massive Synthetics Wedding, and This Week’s Other News

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