Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

 

This round-up will be on Wednesday next week, due to the Thanksgiving holiday … 

 

Yes, more consumers do
want jewelry.

Retail sales rise
fourth month in a row.

– Gains “driven
by car sales.”

 

Predictions of Black
Friday gains.

– List of Black Friday jewelry
deals.

– Zale Black Friday offer called “simplistic.”

 

New Fortunoff jewelry site launches.

 

Birks and Mayor’s sales up
8.8%.

– Mayor’s celebrates 100th anniversary.

 

Wall Street Journal: Gold’s rise “recrafts
jewelry.”

– Price sinks below
$1,400.

 

Polar Ice Diamonds in
receivership.

 

Pink diamond sets
record.

– Mineweb asks: Why are diamond
miners “unloved”?

 

De Beers: Polished prices
increasing
.

– Interesting Rapaport interview with De
Beers’ Stephen Lussier.

 

Abbey Normal

– Kimberley Process Monitor goes
rogue,
certifies diamonds on his own.

– KP chairman warns: “Don’t
buy.”

– African Diamond Producers Association warns back. (from Zim govt. newspaper)

My
thoughts.

 

“Fresh revelations” about Zimbabwe mining in
court papers.

– “Diamond bosses fight
back
.”

 

Idex: Rough diamond stats show “money laundering.”

 

Africa Report
attacks Petra Diamonds on
tax revenue.
 

 

Google targets
fashion market.
(The site doesn’t
carry jewelry, however.)

 

Will Power

– Prince’s engagement
ring
sparks frenzy
for replicas.
(Congrats to Royal Sapphire for some timely PR. They were
mentioned in virtually ever article I saw on this.)

– QVC sells knockoffs.

– Could ring be cursed?

– Should he have given it? A
debate
! Really stupid.

 

Jewelers Closing:

Maddux
Jewelry in Hollister, Calif.

Clyde’s
Jewelers in Thibodaux, La.

Ballew
Jewelers in Red Bank, N.J.

 

RJC certifies
Cartier.

 

Tiffany declares
dividend.

 

Why a jeweler would
sell perfume.

 

Over 500,000 “diamond
fans” on Facebook.

 

Blue Nile CFO resigns.

 

Thomas Yang joins
GIA board of governors
.

 

Stuart Robertson gets
gemology award.

 

Lawsuit over $1
billion emerald.

 

Domed city over
Siberian mine?

 

Special on the Hope Diamond coming
up
. This show is currently offered for free on iTunes.

 

 

Media Watch:

Time on the Kimberley
Process and Zimbabwe.

– Jezebel: Jewelry “filthy,
poisonous.”

Fortune
profiles Fredric DeNarp.

 

From the Blog:

Yes,
There is Increased Jewelry Demand This Season.

Another
KP Crisis, Another Game of Chicken.

Why
a Jeweler Would Sell Perfume.

 

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