Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Two housekeeping notes: I will be out of the office for most
of next week, attending Hearts on Fire University in Las Vegas. I have never
been to a HOFU, but I have always heard good things about them, so I am very
excited to go, and hope to do a little blogging from there.

Also, for those of you who are unaware, JCK now has a daily email newsletter, which includes the latest from this blog. As part of the new daily
e-newsletter schedule, we have instituted “Diamond Wednesday” and “Big Picture
Monday.” “Diamond Wednesday” has what can be termed a “mini-Diamond
Shavings
,” which I will compile every week.  So check it out, and subscribe here.

And now the news …

 

Sterling gets
new CEO.

My
thoughts.

– Fossil release
on new CEO’s departure.

SEC filing.

 

Zale lost $94 million in
fiscal year 2010.

– Breeden resigns, Killion now
permanent CEO.

– GLG: “Not
much has changed.”

Conference
call transcript.

– Call highlights, and my
thoughts.

 

Head of De Beers retail chain in the U.S. resigns.

 

Vicki Gomelsky named
editor-in-chief of JCK.

 

Pandora IPO covered
on first day.

 

Gold price keeps
rising.

– Analysts think it will stay stable.

 

Shane reorganization goes
to creditors.

 

Henry Dunay, designing
again.

– San Francisco Chronicle: His jewelry’s going
cheap.

 

Jewelers’ sales slipped
4.5% in 2009
: Report.

– Luxury spending up
in second quarter.

 

Blue Nile’s diamond
shopping app
.

– Edahn: Disrupt them.

 

Gilt Groupe switches
executives.

 

J.C. Penney expands stores in
major markets.

 

Cadmium bill signed
in California.

 

Illegal Zimbabwe diamonds seized in
Dubai.
 

 

Kimberley Process meeting
at State Dept.

 

India seeks diamond supply from
Russia
.

– South African president reaches out to
Antwerp traders.

 

Leadership change at
De Beers South African arm.

– De Beers sells
diamond property.

 

Miami jeweler admits
fraud charges.

 

Jacob the Jeweler is
a free man!

 

Benny Sofer elected
to DDC board.

 

Never thought I’d see diamonds, Brad and Angelina and
Natalie from the “Facts of Life” in
the same story.

 

Media Watch:

Christian
Science Monitor profiles the Clarity Project
. Who do not seem to be
returning my calls.

New York
magazine
profiles Gary Barnett.

In
These Times
and World
Tribune
on Zimbabwe diamonds.

Local NBC station profiles GIA.

 

From the Blog:

The
Most Important Person In the Jewelry Industry …

Henry
Dunay is Designing Again.

Zale’s
Multi- Multi- Multi- Year Turnaround Plan.

 

 

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Have a great weekend 
….

JCK News Director