Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week … The world gets diamond heist fever … A possible blueprint for the Apple smart watch … And more talk of a Tiffany takeover … All below …

 

Heist of the Century (Though the Century is Young)

– Thieves nab $50 million in diamonds in Brussels airport theft.

– Security experts: Heist was “spectacular.”

– Inside job suspected.

– Caught on film?

– Israeli dealers: It couldn’t happen here.

– Edahn Golan: A “warning sign.”

– Chaim Even-Zohar: Great publicity. ($$)

– Will increase security at airports.

– How to get rid of the diamonds.

– AIG, Brinks among insurers.

– Does robbery say anything about the Kimberley Process?

– Echoes of old Antwerp theft?

– History’s biggest heists.

– Also robberies at Jacob & Co. and De Beers Paris.

 

Most jewelers heart their Valentine’s Day sales.

– Prestige jewelers see big gains.

 

Americans cut spending because of payroll tax hike.

 

Zale shows rising sales, profits (but slow February).

– Earning call transcript.

– Beats forecasts.

– Forbes: Company no “diamond in the rough.”

 

Gitanjali looking to acquire U.S. market share.

 

Condé Nast invests in online jeweler.

 

Apple Smart Watch patent?

– Michael Schechter gives his view.

 

The rise—and fall?—of flash sales, group deals.

 

LivingSocial raises $110 million from investors.

– Report claims it’s an “emergency round.” Site denies.

 

Does LVMH have Tiffany in its sites?

 

De Beers eyeing Murowa?

 

EU will lift sanctions on Zimbabwe diamonds post-election.

– Global Witness worries about “gaps.”

– Army vets say money’s going to Mugabe.

– Old Mutual probed because of Marange diamonds.

– U.N. news service: Still plenty of “misery” in Marange.

 

BHP diamond revenues plummet.

 

Blockade may cause closure of De Beers Canadian mine.

– Politicians urge blockade’s end.

 

114 ct. diamond falls to sell in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

Four countries added to Kimberley Process list.

 

Industry declines in Sierra Leone.

 

South African cutter wants more diamonds cut locally.

 

Indian beats Belgium in rough imports.

 

Form 8040 can now be filed electronically.

 

Sterling Jewelers promotes three to VP.

 

Forevermark expands U.S. sales team.

 

Gemfling launches “specialty search engine” for jewelry.

 

Charles and Colvard signs new agreement with Cree.

 

Cameron rules out returning Koh-i-Noor to India.

 

“Peace” jewelry made from bomb materials.

 

Diamond-encrusted gold shoes.

 

Diamond-encrusted motorbike auctioned.

 

Woman loses engagement ring on subway, gets it returned.

 

Media Watch (theft edition):

The Onion (parody newspaper) thinks diamond thefts are routine.

Popular Science on “how to steal a diamond.”

Guardian: Diamond thefts are not glamorous.

– CBS News on the allure of diamonds.

– Diamond thefts in New Yorker archives.

 

From the Blog:

Security Experts: $50 Million Brussels Diamond Theft Was “Spectacular”

The Rise—and Fall?—of Flash Sales and Group Deals.

 

From JCK:

My story of online reputation management.

 

Have a great weekend …

JCK News Director