Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week … Where’s the diamond pen? It was just here on my desk …Palladium up, gold down… And an exit interview for the ages … All below …


Survey finds highest Valentine’s Day jewelry demand in seven years.

– NRF predicts softer year for retail.


World Diamond Council CEO Eli Izhakoff steps down.

– My thoughts: Where does the World Diamond Council go from here?’’

– Exit interview: Ronald Friedman speaks his mind.


Lab finds 200 undisclosed yellow synthetic diamonds.


Another new CEO at synthetic diamond manufacturer Scio Diamond. Um, wow.


Jewelry wholesaler pleads guilty in forgery case.


Palladium hits 16-month high.

– Gold prices sink.

– CNBC asks: Will gold or platinum get to $2,000 first?


De Beers’ January sight estimated at $550 million.


Avi Krawitz: Will trading momentum be sustained?


Sotheby’s jewelry sales hit record.


Audemars Piguet names new CEO.


Links of London appoints new managing director.


Blue Nile chief accounting officer resigns.


Motley Fool asks: Why are Signet insiders selling stock?


J.C. Penney now touting price comparisons.

– “The non-crazy case for J.C. Penney.”


Danielle Max on Kickstarter.


Russia to get new diamond mine.


KP chair calls for greater African involvement.


Diamond probe rattles Zanu PF.

– Zimbabwe hopes to double diamond production.

– New reports of torture in Marange.


Jana Kramer’s engagement ring.


Kim Kardashian shopping for engagement ring.


Diamond pens stolen.


Media Watch:

-The Telegraph on the diamond market.

– Allaboutalpha.com interviews De Beers spokesman.

Australian Geographic on why diamonds turn pink.

– Forbes asks if colored diamonds are an “asset class.”

– Motley Fool blogger looks at jewelry companies.

Esquire on Zimbabwe diamonds.

– Indian newspaper published truly dumb article on diamonds.


From the Blog:

Exit Interview: Ronald Friedman Speaks His Mind.

Where Does the World Diamond Council Go From Here? 


Have a great weekend …

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