A look into the global diamond industry with leading analyst Paul Zimnisky. Each episode features a full-length interview with a special guest to discuss diamond industry trends while sharing analysis and opinions.
Guest: Michelle Graff of National Jeweler
Paul and Michelle discuss lab-created diamonds, what a net reduction of jewelers in American means for the industry and how the growth of independent jewelry designers is a trend to watch. The conversation wraps up with Michelle offering her longer-term views of the jewelry industry acknowledging the clouded visibility due to the pandemic.
Guest: Author Rob Bates
Paul welcomes back industry journalist Rob Bates to talk about his recently published novel “A Murder is Forever.” Paul and Rob also discuss the latest developments in lab-grown diamonds and Blue Nile’s expansion plans. The conversation concludes with the two analyzing Amazon’s latest foray into luxury, the company’s invitation-only site “Luxury Stores.”
Guest: David Kellie of the Natural Diamond Council
Paul talks with marketing executive and CEO of the Natural Diamond Council (NDC) David Kellie about how his fresh perspective positions him well for the role of leading the industry’s category marketing effort. Paul and David also discuss what made De Beers’ “A Diamond is Forever” campaign so successful, what distributing marketing content is like in 2020, how the media covers the diamond industry and where to draw the line with “too much transparency” in retail.
Guest: Economist Peter Sainsbury
Paul talks with UK-based economist and author Peter Sainsbury on a range of topics including: gold market manipulation, humans’ innate desire for precious metals and stones, where we are in the current commodity cycle and if there will be another “China-like” economic boom in our lifetime.
Guest: Geoffrey Madderson of TOMRA
Paul talks with Geoffrey Madderson of TOMRA Sorting about how advancements in sorting equipment technology, using x-ray and near-infrared sensors, has significantly improved diamond recovery in recent years, yielding multiple record-breaking stones.
Guest: Katie Fergusson of De Beers
Paul talks with De Beers’ Senior Vice President of Social Impact, Katie Fergusson, about the company’s kimberlite carbon capture initiative, CarbonVault.