Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

First, a self-promotional note, I will be speaking at a panel on business in Africa for the Luxury Marketing Council in New York City on Wed., Aug. 8. Details here.  

In the news … Did a company hand out bad-checks-for-gold? … The situation in Marange mine manages to get even uglier … Plus, jewelry makers now have their own song … All below …


Dave Bonaparte new head of Jewelers of America.

– Interview.


Blue Nile’s sales up, profits down.

– Investors love the numbers.

– Stock up 18 percent.

– Yes, people will buy diamonds over their phones.


Neiman Marcus, Saks show strong jewelry sales.


Hyde Park Jewelers acquires Traditional Jewelers.


Virginia jeweler dies in robbery. Terrible news.

– Suspect arrested.


Alberta auction company charged with fraud for over diamond sales.


Study: Well-paid workers steal less.


Diamond-snatching granny jailed.


Did travelling gold-buying company hand out bad checks?


J.C. Penney unveils prototype store.

– Why Penney “will come back.”

– Everyone wants to see it succeed.

– “Not a pricing failure.”

– CEO talks to CNBC.


Diamond miners may have to decrease prices.


Rapnet: Diamond prices fell in July.

– “Everyone just waiting around.”


Botswana not upping De Beers stake.

– Chaim Even-Zohar’s thoughts. ($)


Strike ends at Marange mine Anjin.

–  Anjin accused of diamond smuggling.

– Ugh. Allegations of rape.

Where is the KP?


WDC reiterates support for conflict diamond definition change.


Chaim Even-Zohar: Sierra Leone now a kimberlite miner.


Tiffany releases corporate responsibility report.


“Street artists” decorating Tiffany Soho store.


Alex and Ani purchase local clothing retailer.


12.27-ct. pink goes on sale.


Scio (lab-grown) Diamond celebrates “100 carat milestone.”


Centaurus Diamond appoints new president. Just spoke to this company; it is only doing industrial diamonds.


Bidz terminates chief operating officer.


Women’s Jewelry Association hands out awards.


Thanks again to AGS (and Jen.)


Gymnast sports earrings from Mass. jeweler.

– Olympic swimmer’s diamond-encrusted mouthpiece.


Diamond nail polish! An obvious candidate for the next version of this list.


Media Watch:

From Portlandia: “She’s making jewelry now.” (via)


From the Blog:

Yes, People Will Buy Diamonds Over Their Phones.

Interview with New Jewelers of America Head David Bonaparte.


The Diamond Five:

Five Truly Bizarre Diamond-Covered Objects.


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