Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

 

This week … Will enlisting the head of Apple stores enhance
J.C. Penney’s “cool factor”? And is this the first time the phrases “J.C.
Penney” and “cool factor” have appeared in the same sentence? … A bank predicts
gold may hit $5,000 an ounce. Now all that’s needed: Somebody who’ll pay it… And
the Kimberley Process will meet in the Congo next week, in a battle that could
rival the “Thrilla in Manila.” Maybe the “Mishegas-a in Kinshasa”? … All below

 

Retail sales fall for first time in
11 months.

 

J.C. Penney hires Apple exec as
CEO.

– Interesting article on the Apple
mind-set
. More here.

–  My
thoughts.

 

Bank: Gold price will
triple.

 

Prices at DTC sight rise
12%.

– “Enjoy the good
times
.”

 

46.51-carat fetches
$42 million at Christie’s.

 

De Beers, Botswana to sign
10-year marketing contract.
Botswana to get ten percent “window.” Four new
polishers coming.

– Long-time De Beers exec quits.

 

All eyes on next week’s Kimberley
Process meeting.

-Mozambique prepares to
join the fun.

– Mugabe vows
to export.

– WFDB: KP
will survive.

– “Things
that make you go wow
.”

 

SoS Clinton not happy about
Zimbabwe/Chinese diamond deal.

– Russia explores mining in
Zimbabwe.

– Zim to float $32 million
exploration tender.

 

South Africa’s State Diamond Trader “has
failed.”

– Local manufacturers win
a battle.

 

World Gold Council outlines
“conflict gold” standard.

 

Rockwell Diamonds reports
mine fatality.

 

DGSE to acquire
Southern Bullion.

 

BJ’s Wholesale receives
takeover bid.

“Lowball offer.

 

Breeden still reducing
Zale stake.

– Seeking Alpha: “Don’t believe bad news about
Zale.”

 

Blue Nile tops list
of Internet retailers.

– The Seattle Times profiles CEO
Diane Irvine.

–  Company signs
lease renewal.

 

The Knot changes
name, stock exchange.

 

Jewelry, watch brands lack strong
Facebook presence.

 

Battery legislation could
hurt watch business.

 

Eight arrested in jewelry
theft ring.

 

ABN Amro may open in
Israel.

 

Harry Winston opening
in China.

 

Mandela pal cleared over
blood diamonds.

– Challenges Naomi
Campbell claims
. Zzzzz…

 

Are luxury pacifiers too
much?
Um, yeah …

 

Media Watch:

Jay Leno lights Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring on fire.

Racked
on David Yurman engagement rings.

 

From the Blog:

Things
That Make You Go Wow.

Moving
from Apple to … J.C. Penney?

Forevermark
Blogging: De Beers’ New Brand and Retailers.

 

 

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