Posted on February 17, 2012
This week …Valentine’s Day and jewelers make beautiful music together … Marange diamonds and the Zimbabwe government create a far-less-lovely sound … And Reuters tries to play matchmaker for Zale and Sterling … All below …
Jewelers term Valentine’s Day decent .
- National Jeweler somewhat more upbeat. 
Blue Nile slashes prices as sales, profits fall. 
- Is site's market share falling ?
- Stock tumbles. 
- Analyst raises rating. 
- Investor presentation audio.  (Interesting, but long.)
- My thoughts: No longer in denial? 
Reuters speculates about Zale/Signet merger. 
- My thoughts: Still a bad idea. 
- Sterling promotes Hrabak . Montalto retires.
Some 17 percent of men would want “man-gagement rings.” 
How Target collects shopping information.  Interesting.
Retailers shut Facebook stores. 
Macy’s hiring 4,000 full-time employees next year. 
Sears to lay-off 100 employees. 
Indian diamantaires chosen as consul generals. 
- Times of India worried about Chinese “threat.” 
Graff Diamonds preparing $1 billion Hong Kong IPO. 
Diamond thieves arrested in Hong Kong. 
Edahn Golan: U.S. diamond figures show money laundering. 
Global Witness releases new report linking diamonds to Mugabe .
- Report. 
- Zimbabwe prime minister urges “transparent” trade. 
- Avi Krawitz: De Beers “needs to take stand.” 
- A response from Diamond Intelligence Briefs . [$$]
Chaim Even-Zohar on the new KP chair. 
- CNN interviews Milovanovic. 
Sowind Group announces new president. 
- PPR revenues rise .
Hearts on Fire announces new design director. 
Jewelers of America announces staff changes. 
JCK Fund announces grant winners. 
Grunwald D Fine Jewelers closes. 
Argyle underground mining delayed a year. 
De Beers still holds some Botswana government diamonds. 
Diamond taxes hurting Namibia? 
Dead poodle’s diamond collar stolen in French cemetery. 
- Forbes  article on selling diamonds includes a quote from yours truly.
- Fashionista  on top engagement ring trends.
- Yahoo Financially Fit  on buying an engagement ring. (Video)
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Hope all my U.S. readers have a great President's day weekend ...
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