Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week …  Goodbye Charlie! What does Taylor’s conviction mean for the industry—and Naomi Campbell? (Seriously, there are articles about what Taylor’s trial means for Naomi Campbell) … J.C. Penney: New Apple, or new Sears?… Plus, go Gemologist! … All below …

 

Richline announces purchase of Inverness, LeachGarner

 

Gold price sees three month drop, first since 2001.

 

DTC sight estimated at $520 million.

– Chaim Even-Zohar: De Beers doing new strategic review. ($)

– Polished prices stable in April, agree IDEX and Rapaport.

 

My thoughts on HRD and past grading scandals

 

More layoffs at J.C. Penney

– “Turning into Sears?”

– Launching Cosmopolitan magazine jewelry line

 

Sears trying to “transform business.”

 

Graff seeking Hong Kong IPO.

– Gets go-ahead.

 

“Many” interested buyers for Rio’s diamond mines.

– Diavik reaches mining “milestone.”

 

Section on diamonds in Charles Taylor verdict.

– U.S. lauds conviction.

– Prosecutor seeks 80-year sentence.

– Naomi Campbell’s evidence “crucial.”  (If true, that was a weak case.)

– Avi Krawitz: Taylor’s legacy.

– My thoughts: Why Taylor’s conviction matters.

 

U.S. diplomat says Botswana diamond “hopefully coming soon.”

 

Edahn Golan: Industry needs to “lead change.”

 

Hermés wins $100 million counterfeiting judgment.

 

Judge voids Illinois Internet sales tax law.

 

Botswana’s diamond exports recover.

 

Diamond transport accident in Zimbabwe.

 

Diamonds International boss responds to anti-Semitic comment.

Background.

 

Birks and Mayors now accepting Asian credit cards.

 

Kanye West and Jacob the Jeweler (who West name-checked in song) make chain.

 

New video game talks about bribing U.N. diamond inspectors.

 

Does Angelina hate her ring? No, says Gossip Cop!

– Jolie’s jeweler sues Perez Hilton for libel.

 

Industry roots for horse named Gemologist in Kentucky Derby.

 

From the Blog:

Why Charles Taylor’s “Blood Diamond” Conviction Matters

Another Diamond Grading Scandal?!

 

Have a great weekend …

 

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