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Merger Creates ‘World’s Leading Buyer’ of Used Luxury Jewelry and Watches

Consumers own more than $1 trillion of fine jewelry and watches, according to Mondiamo.

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Mondiamo, an online buyer of pre-owned diamond jewelry, announced that it is merging with CIRCA, a global buyer of pre-owned fine jewelry and watches with 12 offices worldwide.

The combination will create “the world’s leading buyer of pre-owned luxury diamonds, jewelry and watches,” according to a press release from Mondiamo.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Consumers own more than $1 trillion of fine jewelry and watches, according to Mondiamo. The company estimates the global secondary market for consumer-owned luxury jewelry and watches at more than $8 billion per year and predicts annual growth in the high single digits.

“Sustained growth is fueled by consumer acceptance of ‘recommerce’ and increasingly efficient digital platforms that provide more transparent services and higher values for sellers than was previously available,” according to the release.

The merger “transforms the face of the pre-owned luxury jewelry industry by creating a global bricks-and-clicks platform offering consumers the opportunity to realize the true value of their assets,” according to the release.

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CIRCA, founded in 2000, has specialists in the U.S., Europe and Asia make immediate payments to sellers after an in-person evaluation of their jewelry and watches.

Mondiamo was founded in 2017 by Adama Partners, a New York based venture firm that partnered with Bain Capital and Bow Street to take Blue Nile private in 2017. The company has an exclusive referral arrangement with Blue Nile.

“By combining Mondiamo’s scalable business model, digital capabilities, data-driven processes and operational expertise with CIRCA’s jewelry knowledge, physical locations and brand equity, we plan to build the best global proposition for sellers of high-end jewelry and luxury watches,” said Oren Schneider, Adama Partners co-founder and CEO of the combined business. “We are excited about partnering with the CIRCA family. Our teams combine cutting edge digital technology with luxury jewelry and timepiece expertise.”

Ori Levy, Adama Partners co-founder and executive chairman of the combined businesses, said, “Together, Mondiamo and CIRCA empower clients through digital technology, education and world-class service by experienced specialists. Sellers can now choose between shipping their pieces for evaluation or scheduling face-to-face expert consultations in any of 12 physical locations.”

Richard Tilles, CIRCA’s founder, will become president of the combined business.

“Thanks to our deep industry knowledge and global distribution, we’re able to find the best buyer for each piece and pay the highest amount to our sellers,” Tilles said. “Our goal, to revolutionize the way people monetize their jewelry, will be met by providing world-class pricing with discreet and professional service, whether in-person or from the comfort of one’s own home.”

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Tiffany Rolls Out Men’s Jewelry Collection

The line is ‘centered on craftsmanship as the foundation of our company.’

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Tiffany & Co. announced the launch of its Tiffany Men’s collections, including jewelry, watches and home and accessories products.

Tiffany Men’s includes two collections: Tiffany 1837 Makers and Diamond Point.

These pieces are from the Tiffany & Co.’s men’s collection. Photo: Roe Etheridge

“Tiffany Men’s is centered on craftsmanship as the foundation of our company,” said Reed Krakoff, chief artistic officer for Tiffany. “Tiffany 1837 Makers is a nod to the workmanship and time-honored techniques used in creating jewelry — the idea that there’s a person behind each object.”

According to a press release:

Embodying Tiffany’s craftsmanship heritage, the Tiffany 1837 Makers collection is inspired by the jeweler’s hollowware workshop and its tradition of handcrafting sports trophies. Designers experimented with concave and convex forms, flat edges and motifs evocative of utilitarian hardware when creating jewelry, barware and more. Stamped with symbols like “T & CO MAKERS,” “NY” and “AG925,” Tiffany 1837 Makers honors Tiffany’s silversmithing legacy and the fact that the luxury house set the U.S. standard for sterling silver (925 per 1,000 parts silver). The made-to-order Tiffany 1837 Makers trophy ring honors Tiffany’s 160-history of making sports trophies by hand and makes a bold statement and adds edge to any outfit.

Diamond Point, on the other hand, “represents the elevated, classic end of the style spectrum with a strong, graphic pattern.”

The company states:

This motif appears as a subtle accent or a prominent overlay on jewelry and Home & Accessories pieces like the Diamond Point rectangle pendant in sterling silver, cuff in sterling silver and cocktail mixer in lead crystal and sterling silver. Most of the Diamond Point jewelry designs are die struck and hand polished to achieve the distinctive textured motif.

Diamond Point takes a more modern and graphic approach, utilizing a pattern inspired by a diamond’s culet that ties back to our diamond authority.

The New York Post reports that the launch is “part of the Tiffany’s strategy to attract younger shoppers and pump up sales.”

In all, Tiffany Men’s includes about 100 pieces. Jewelry rices range from $200 to $15,000.

Among the accessories items on offer are ice tongs and cocktail shakers.

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Jeweler Sentenced for Theft, Ordered to Pay $85,000 in Restitution

He’ll have to serve 4 years of probation.

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A Colorado jeweler who was accused with stealing gold, jewelry and money from customers has been ordered to pay restitution and serve a probationary sentence.

David Kushnir, who operated D & D Jewelers in Thornton, pleaded guilty to theft, KMGH-TV reports. He was accused of stealing from nine customers, according to the news outlet.

The court ordered Kushnir to pay about $85,000 in restitution and serve four years of economic crime supervised probation.

In January, authorities accused Kushnir of defrauding customers after they brought their diamonds, watches and other jewelry to him for repair or consignment sale at his business. It was also alleged that he sold fake diamonds to three victims.

The Sentinel newspaper reported in January that in one case, he was accused of removing a movement piece worth $40,000 from a Rolex watch he was asked to repair and then substituting “a Chinese piece.”

Read more at KMGH-TV

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Pandora to Buy Back $75M in Jewelry from Retailers

The effort is part of a broader restructuring program.

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Pandora plans to buy back about $75 million in jewelry from retailers.

The idea is to help retailers avoid holding onto stock for too long, Rapaport News reports.

The repurchased inventory will be smelted, with new jewelry to be made from the material.

Rapaport reports that the program will be rolled out in “select global markets.”

The effort is part of a broader Pandora restructuring program expected to cost the company over $224 million.

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The plan comes as Pandora prepares for a brand relaunch that will kick off Aug. 28 in Los Angeles.

At the event, the company “will reveal its new company purpose, brand expression and visual identity, and show the Autumn 2019 collection.”

Read more at Rapaport News

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