Merrick, NY—April is diamond month. The Federal Trade Commission kicked it off by “re-mined-ing” lab-grown diamond companies to toe the line with their advertising. Although the natural diamond industry reacted in horror last year when the FTC removed the word “natural” from the definition of a diamond, it is proving vigilant at monitoring growers to stay on message.
Diamonds aside, last month the industry bid a sad farewell to Dick Greenwood, an icon and peacemaker in the colored gemstone sector. Ongoing troubles at Baselworld and at Signet made news, but we also celebrated the accomplishments of several noted independent retailers: Kelly Newton, Steve and Judy Padis, David and Julia Gardner, and more. (Image at left: Texas-based Kelly Wade Jewelers’ four-footed ambassador.) In case you missed them, here were the top stories from April: