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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JCK News Director