Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

 

I think it’s safe to say the Vegas show surpassed
expectations, and sentiment is better now than it was three weeks ago.  Let’s hope it keeps up.

One house note: This blog is still being reformatted and
redesigned. Everyone should be able to post comments now, and the comments will
remain anonymous if you so choose, as before. If you are having any problems
with that or any other thoughts on the new format, either leave a comment or
write me an email. (And that’s note number two: Remember my email has changed.
It’s now rbates – at – jckonline.com.) 

And now the news …

Vegas: “Good trading.”

– “Better mood.”

 

“Lab Blab”: The Rapaport conference on
certification.

– Good summary from
Luxist.

 

Other interesting Vegas seminars: Conflict
gold
, the Kimberley
Process
, and social
networking
.

– Report on
Rap speech.

 

Michael Hill closes
eight stores.

 

Beaudry reaches
Chapter 11 deal.

 

Skepticism about Zale’s
“savior.”

 

New head of Abn
Amro in New York.

 

June DTC sight estimated at
$500 million.

 

Zimbabwe and the KP: The
mess gets messier.

– Monitor recommends resumption of Marange
exports.

Leaked
report.

– NGOs unhappy.

– “Mugawbe’s last laugh.”

 

DTC warns sightholders about
Marange goods.

– Chiadzwa diamonds confiscated
by UAE.

 

Interview with
arrested NGO worker
.

Denied
bail.

– Chikane fires back.

 

New regulations for
Angola’s diamonds.

 

Wolfgang Gross dies.

 

Tiffany introduces iphone
application.

 

Thief caught in fake gold scam.

 

Jewelers Opening:

Jewelry
Couture by Sehati in Ventura County.

Oreste
Cordillo in New York.

 

RJC appoints
first auditors.

 

A diamond
tattoo.
And diamond
soccer ball.

 

Article on “man-gagement
rings.”

 

Media Watch:

The
Guardian
on buying ethical jewelry.

 

From the Blog:

Zimbabwe
and the KP: The Mess Gets Even Messier

Lab
Blab

New
Head of ABN AMRO in New York

 

Have a great weekend …

 

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