Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Just a quick reminder for Vegas show attendees: On Saturday,
June 4, from 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM, I will be speaking on Top 10 Issues Facing Our Industry at Tradewinds
CD.

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new website, please leave them below or email me. Some comments for the last
few days have been wiped out, but I hear they are coming back. 

And now the news …

This week … At GIA, people talked about a lot of stuff, and
then at JCK, they talked about more stuff … Is the Kimberley Process dead? And
if so, what will we talk about? … And we all held on as hurricane Vegas blew
into our lives.  All below …

 

Vegas, Bay-by:

– “Brisk sales” at
Luxury.

– “Mood is good.”

Conflict
diamond panel.

 

GIA Symposium:

– JCK: Rick
Harrison of Pawn Stars
; Steven
Lux of Gemesis
; my
thoughts
.

– Rapaport: Day
one
; day
two
; sustainability
panel.

National
Jeweler overview

 

De Beers now facing anti-trust
suit in Canada.
Wow.

 

Sneak preview of the Forevermark
ad campaign.

 

Did Urban Outfitters steal
jewelry design?

– Company denies.

– Original necklace may have also
been “inspired.”

– Miley Cyrus pretty mad
about whole thing.

My
thoughts
. (Includes most of the above links.)

 

Harry Winston sees “breather” in
diamond prices.

– TransHex sees them stabilizing.

– And Firestone still sees
them rising.

 

Alrosa IPO “new era” for
diamond industry.

 

Newspaper: Indian brands “making
it big” in U.S.

– Surat diamond workers to get ID cards.

– Company plans online
diamond auction.

 

Zim newspaper: South Africa allowing imports from Marange. Big news if
true.

– Surat sourcing initiative happy.

– Local human rights group urges not
to resume exports.

– Kimberley Process monitors “disappointed”
with Zimbabwe.

– WDC chairman “optimistic” about
consensus.
(Video)

– Chaim Even-Zohar: The KP
is dead
. ($$)

 

Virgin Island company pleads guilty to importing
black coral.

 

47th Street dealers get jail for fake
heist.

 

Jewelers Closing:

Carl
Greve in Portland.
Very sad.

 

Jewelers Opening:

De Beers Diamond Jewellers  in China.

 

Illinois jeweler sued for
not returning diamonds.

 

Debswana’s goal: 25
million carats.

 

South Africa outlines plans for boosting
diamond manufacturing
.

 

Richline acquires three Italian
brands.

 

I Hennig acquires stake
in VeriChannel.

 

Stuller gets new
marketing head.

 

Tiffany adds editorial content to
its site.

 

Postal inspector to appear
at JCK Show
with DDC.

 

Justin Bieber gets
“Family Guy” inspired necklace.

 

And perhaps … the “most
disgusting piece of jewelry ever?”
  
It’s certainly up there.

 

Media Watch:

ABC
News
has list of “outrageous” celebrity jewelry

Seeking
Alpha
on Tiffany, Sterling, and Zale.

New
York Times
: Gold is not an investment.

Seeking
Alpha
on diamonds as an asset class.

Wall
Street Journal
on the “imperial cushions.”

 

From the Blog:

The
Forevermark Has Arrived. Here’s the Ads.

GIA
Symposium Blogging: People Don’t Trust Jewelers, and Their Websites Stink Too

Urban
Outfitters and That Necklace.

 

From JCK:

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

 

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