Regarding the ongoing Kimberley Process negotiations in
Brussels, I hear there is an agreement, “with reservations” (meaning until
people get approval from “home” governments), which hasn’t been presented to
Zimbabwe yet. If any statement is
issued or any other news breaks over the holiday weekend, I will post it here,
on top of Diamond Shavings. (UPDATE: The latest Idex memo has good insight.)
Wishing all my American readers a happy Thanksgiving, and
profitable Black Friday …
Gemesis to mass
produce colorless stones.
– Earning call transcript.
sales up 5%.
Tiffany 3Q sales up 14%.
– Shares soar.
– Barron’s somewhat pessimistic.
Jewelry sales “up,” says
– Christmas looks “better
Ralph Esmerian, former Fred Leighton owner, arrested.
– Fred Leighton statement.
– U.S. attorney
– Released on
What Will Sprout from Brussels?
– Chaim Even-Zohar: Is there a “poison pill”?
– Zimbabwe snubs
– “Secret plot” for
– African Assocation urges
– India vows to hold the
– Wyndham looks
at diamonds and sanctions.
– Insurers “wary” of Marange stones.
– My thoughts: Has the KP always been
Conviction in India for trading “banned” diamonds.
KP team visits
Indian industry bankers panel to monitor diamond loans.
Why polished prices stagnate, as
Another big diamond find at
Rapper Akon now “believes” in conflict diamonds. What South African mine does he “own”? Does anyone know?
Jacob the Jeweler sues
Jessica Simpson shows
off wedding ring.
Diamond baron’s wedding celebration.
Business tells people not to go
to retail jewelers, but look for wholesalers.
– Much better advice from
– Reuters on how
gold prices impact the industry.
Journal/LA on the Kimberley Process. For the record, no NGOs (to my
knowledge) have pulled out of the KP.
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Once again, have a great weekend!
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