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Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup (Still Recovering Edition)

In the news … Another Vegas fades into very blurry memory .. Another diamond investment vehicle launched, just in time for prices to stagnate … And another J.C. Penney announcement. Sales are back! (Well, the word, at least.) … All below …


Vegas show attendance up.

- Reports from IDEX, Rapaport.

- Avi Krawitz: Demand “stable—not booming.”

- Edahn Golan: World economy getting worse.


About that undisclosed synthetic diamond parcel

- Charles Wyndham: Lab grown gems “can grow market.”

- Labs want to tighten submission terms.


Forevermark CEO speaks on the state of the brand and the state of the industry.

- Video interview with Varda Shine.

- De Beers CEO hopes for new mine.


Analyst: Diamond prices may “stagnate.”


New diamond investment vehicle—Singapore Diamond Exchange—launched.


Harry Winston first quarter sales increase 23 percent.

- Earnings call transcript.


Alrosa wants to buy BHP mine.


Kimberley Process meeting ends in Washington D.C.

- South Africa urges “caution” on changing definition of conflict diamonds.

- Zimbabwe newspaper already celebrating proposal’s defeat.

- World Diamond Council reiterates support. (Full speech.)

- U.S. deputy secretary lays on the charm.

- Global Witness ”wishes it well.”

- Statements from Human Rights Watch, the U.S. assistant secretary, and U.S. State Dept.


Insurance broker faces investigation over Zimbabwe diamond business.


Ivory Coast wants KP diamond ban lifted.


Man caught smuggling diamonds into Vietnam.


Rio Tinto diamond campaign emphasizes stone’s origins.

South African diamond industry “no longer sparkling.”


AGS acquiring remaining shares of laboratory.


J.C. Penney now using word “sale.”

- Makes executive changes.


Claire’s Stores appoints Disney Stores chief as CEO.


Jeweler killed at Calif. flea market.


“Bored” diamond thief jailed.


Miley Cyrus shows off engagement ring.


Axl Rose gets his stolen jewelry back.


Why the Queen’s diamonds are remarkable.

- Google includes diamonds on its Jubilee-celebrating doodle.

- Asprey’s diamond portrait.

- Time columnist calls for return of Koh-i-Noor.

- Scandal! Kate Middleton wore fakes.


Media Watch

Financial Times on the Responsible Jewellery Council, Steinmetz in BotswanaJCK Las Vegas, and engagement rings.


From the Blog:

About That Parcel of Undisclosed Synthetic Diamonds

Forevermark CEO: Where De Beers—and the Diamond Business—Goes From Here

Forevermark CEO: Why We’re NOT Going Retail


From JCK:

- Story on GIA’s training for law enforcement

- Story on Kimberley Process reform

- Story on synthetic diamond market (Written prior to recent events.)


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