Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week… The Vegas Show got its neon-tinged groove
back.… The Kimberley Process remains in
crisis, which means it must be a weekday.… And we all began the post–trade-show recuperation process. It’s going to take me about a year.… All below.…

 

What Happened in Vegas

 – My thoughts: “Show
was strong
.”

– Diamond World: “Promising.”

– Rapaport: “Well
attended, good atmosphere
.”

 – Idex: “Swings, but wobbly.”

 

Can’t Say With Cert-itude

Highlights
from Rap certification panel.

My
thoughts.
(Very good discussion in the comments.)

 

Harry Winston sales up
26%.

– CEO: Diamond market “in
a renaissance
.”

 

RapNet diamond index up.

– Charts on diamond
prices.
 

– U.S. polished diamond imports up.

 

Nicky Oppenheimer discusses new
De Beers CEO.
Interesting.

– Longtime De Beers exec resigns.

– De Beers considers expansion
of South African mine.

– Oppenheimer address
Council of Foreign Relations.
(Video.)

 

Latest Zale 10-Q.

– Bank of America downgrades
Zale
.

 

Bailey Banks & Biddle opening
five stores.

 

Tiffany wins restraining order against
jeweler.

– Sterling sues over
“Open Hearts.”

 

Theo Fennell CEO steps
down.

 

Brinks settles
Belgian litigation.

 

Diamond smuggling case cracked
in China.

 

More violence in Zimbabwe
diamond fields?

– South African diamond trader imports
Marange parcel.

– Kimberley Process participants admit
“mistakes.”

– India increases pressure to end
Marange embargo.

– Outrage over Chinese
loan.

– Zim politicians quarrel over
diamond revenue
.

– State newspaper: Diamond licenses on hold.

 

27 companies in Mozambique digging for diamonds.

 

Indian rough sourcing initiative plans
auction
.

– “Major disappointment” as auction postponed

 

Indian newspaper: Japanese diamond trade hasn’t
been dampened.

 

Caps on debit card fees upheld.

– Good primer on the issue from Time.

 

Survey: Online sales tax would
drive buyers away.

– Texas governor vetoes Internet tax.

– Politico: “Sales tax fairness” gains steam.

– Amazon still
against.

 

Diamdel opens up in
Dubai.

 

Michael Hill honored
with knighthood.

 

Conflict mineral legislation might “stigmatize”
African gold.

 

Ivanka Trump debuts
ethical jewelry.

 

Was Newt Gingrich’s jewelry purchase a
plea for forgiveness?

 

Bulgari store attacked by
bees.

 

Did Las Vegas adult club steal
customer’s diamonds?

 

Media Watch:

CNBC on
diamond prices.

The
New York Daily News
on a diamond retailer who now sells on the Internet.

The
Financial Times
on Antwerp’s CSR initiative.

 

From the Blog:

Vegas
Blogging: The Problem With Diamond Certs.

Vegas
Blogging: Mandalay Hey!

 

From JCK:

My
article on HPHT
(includes sidebar on diamond prices.)

 

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