Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

First, some self-promotion: At next week’s JCK Las Vegas show, on Saturday, June 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Tradewinds C, I will do a talk on Top Issues on Diamonds and Jewelry, which will cover the future of the retail jewelry market, changes in how diamonds are bought and sold, treatments and synthetics, the impact of the Internet, and a lot more. It should be a lot of fun, and I’ll have a Powerpoint and everything! Please introduce yourself if we haven’t met.

That same day, I will be taking part in two panels, both on ethical issues.  I will be moderating Protect Your Bottom Line with the Diamond Source Warranty Protocol, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Tradewinds C., which will feature representatives of Signet, Jewelers of America, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, and the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association. Also on Saturday, I will be taking part in a panel on Ethical Facets of Diamond Sourcing, at 4 P.M., at Tradewinds C, sponsored by the good people at the Diamond Development Initiative, and moderated by the world-famous Peggy Jo Donahue.


This week … The perks watch companies give big collectors … How Amazon threatens Wal-Mart … A jewelry angle is found for the whole Amy’s Bakery thing …All below …


Terry Burman joins Zale as chairman.

– Zale conference call transcript.

– Shares soar.

My thoughts.

Signet sees 6 percent comp increase.

– Earning call transcript.

– Sterling names new vice presidents.


Van Cleef, Cartier generated “remarkable” results last year.

– Is Richemont de-emphasizing fashion in favor of jewelry?


Report: Bank wants to merge Saks, Neiman.  

– Why a merger makes sense.

– Luxury Daily sorts through the options.


Silver price sinks to two-year low.


Gold has good week.

– But price is still under pressure.

– Gold ETFs liquidating.


Former jewelry store robber tells jewelers how to avoid crime.

– More jewels stolen in Cannes.

– Arrest made in Connecticut home invasion.


JCK Events takes over GLDA Tucson Show.


Apple iWatch now being delayed until 2014.


Engagement ring survey yields surprising opinions.


Survey: Consumers prefer brick-and-mortar stores to online.

– Is Amazon threatening Walmart?


Generation Y changing tastes at malls.


Google Checkout shuts down.


British authorities probe home shopping channels.


De Beers consumer checks okayed.


Avi Kravitz on the disconnect between rough and polished prices.


Rio Tinto unveils new diamond auction program.


Alrosa vows to be no. 1 diamond producer.


Antwerp Diamond Bank’s profits rise.


New diamond cutting factory outside of Surat.

– Will diamond polishers leave Surat?

– Indian industry closes for summer vacation.


Hong Kong merchant jailed for diamond thefts.


Diamonds stolen in Mumbai airport.


Tempers flare in Zimbabwe over diamond looting.


South African diamond trader report “raises red flags.”


Pandora shares fall after big shareholder sells.


J.C. Penney gets $500 million credit line increase.

– S and P cuts rating on J.C. Penney loan.


Congressional hearing reviews Dodd-Frank conflict mineral rule.


Stuller appoints executive director of jewelry and bridal.


Long’s Jewelers appoints director of merchandising.


The perks watch companies give big collectors.


Christie’s auctions James Bond watch.


Diamonds funded World War II special opps. ($)


Argyle finds three ultra-rare red diamonds.


Tanzania has plenty of diamonds.


Gold mine discovered in China.


Antwerp launches diamonds job portal.


WJA names Awards for Excellence nominees.


Michelle Graff finds a jewelry angle for the whole Amy’s Bakery thing.


Food in department store eateries improves.


Taco Bell sending jewelry to models.


And now we have … blood jewelry. (And it’s not what you think.)


Media Watch:

– New York Times Metropolitan Diary has a tale of rudeness in Macy’s jewelry department.

– Jamesallen.com marketing person has advice to people getting engaged.


From the Blog:

Terry Burman Goes to the Other Side.

 Former Jewelry Store Robber Tells Jewelers How to Avoid Crime.


Have a great weekend … And next stop, you know where …



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