Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week … Elizabeth Taylor has an incredible last act … The industry kept lawyers busy, as usual … And it’s mock-jewelry-ads week! … All below …


The Last Auction Hero

– Elizabeth Taylor auction sets seven world records.

– Sale draws Kardashian, Bulgari.

– And now … the knock-offs.

– One jeweler’s firsthand view.


Jewelers still upbeat.

– This Christmas, British men “say it with diamonds.”

– National Retail Federation ups holiday forecast.

– Holiday shoppers “frugal.”

– My picks for top retail trends of 2011.


Edahn Golan: Diamond market’s future is “bright.”

– Forbes: Selling diamond business “makes sense” for BHP.


Chow Tai Fook shares fall following IPO.


Harry Winston sales up, profits down.

Conference call transcript.


New Bulgari CEO.


De Beers retail brand “eyes expansion.” ($)

– Opens Hong Kong store.


Motley Fool: Tiffany “headed for a slowdown?”


JewelPops, Royal Chain settle lawsuit.


Merit Diamond gets judgment over Sirena.  


Henry Dunay is free to tweet again!


Leviev case to be heard in London court.


Marange diamond miners on U.S. sanctions list. (Full list.)

– African newspaper calls it “slap in face.”

– Companies “unfazed.” (Zim govt. newspaper.)


Another Marange mine expects KP approval.


Chinese mine denies human rights abuses.

– Will it be world’s largest diamond producer?


Avi Krawitz: Global Witness exit from KP may be “good.”

– Ian Smillie on the KP and Global Witness.


Angolan diamond mine “makes a mockery of good governance.”


Efforts to reduce smuggling terms of other Indian diamantaires.


ESPN, J.C. Penney launch diamond giveaway.


Helzberg giving shopping spree to member of the military.


Nine ct. diamond raises $1 million at Bonham’s.


Allen Iverson’s wife not happy he is buying diamonds.


Jennifer Garner “gets showered with diamonds.”


Anne Hathaway’s engagement ring.


Muppet jewelry!


Best diamond TV ad spoofs of all time.


Best Week Ever finds Kay’s Santa commercial “weirdly sexual.” (Warning: frank language.)


Media Watch:

– Wall Street Journal on diamonds as an investment.

–  Reuters on the Kimberley Process. Also: The Guardian.

– Craig Underwood writes about Internet sales tax for Arkansas Business.

– Australian newspaper on Argyle mine veterans.

Times of Malta on diamonds in the Central African Republic.


From the Blog:

Elizabeth Taylor Auction: A Firsthand View.

Top Retail Trends of 2011.


Have a great weekend!



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