Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

 

Zale and Citibank at
impasse.

– GLG still pessimistic on
Zale.

 

Lazare Kaplan
to be delisted.

 

Gassman: U.S. jewelry showed gains in
April.

– Marketnews on
jewelry sales.

 

All Kimberley, All
the Time

– Kimberley Process Intersessional deadlocks.

– My thoughts: Post-meeting
and pre-meeting.

– Zimbabwe plans
to defy KP.

–  Final
statements from the KP,
NGO
coalition
and World
Diamond Council.

– Rapaport stages
hunger strike.
(Press coverage here
and here.)

– Speeches: World
Diamond Council chairman
; KP
chairman
.

– Statement from African
Diamond Council
.(??)

– Idex: Are the NGOs too
hard-line?

– There is a lot of consumer press coverage of this. I
linked to some of the higher-profile ones in “Media Watch,” but some of the
better-reported articles on this include the New York Times (here
and here);
Wall
Street Journal
; Zimonline; the
Economist
(good backgrounder); and the Huffington
Post
(also good backgrounder.)

– For more background, check out my
video interview with Brad Brooks-Rubin
, State Dept. special advisor on
conflict diamonds. And yes, I am aware how dumb I look in this video. (Also, it
is two weeks old and somewhat dated.)

 

Jailed NGO “health
deteriorating.”

 

Basant Johari becomes
DDC VP.

My
thoughts.

 

David Yurman CEO resigns.

 

Harry Winston gets
credit facility.

 

New York will
finance “Gem Tower” mortgages.

 

LA jewelers plead guilty to selling
fakes.

 

Fake ebay gemologist jailed.

 

Graff robber found
guilty.

 

Ex-jeweler put
on probation.

 

Diamond Development video wins award.

 

A diamond studded suit
and hot
chocolate.

 

Media Watch:

FT
speaks to Gareth Penny.
(Video)

– Christian Science Monitor on Dan
Gertler.

– Blood diamond articles in Fastcompany.com,
Newsweek.

 

JCKTV Interviews:

– Interview
on “conflict gold”
with Sasha Lezhev of the Enough Project.

– Interview
on “conflict diamonds”
with Brad Brooks-Rubin of the State Dept. (Taped during Vegas show.)

 

From the Blog:

Zimbabwe
and the KP: The “Least Bad” Outcome.

India
Joins the Club(s)

Trying
to Process Kimberley.

 

Have a great weekend ….

 

 

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