Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week … Jewelry commercials. Are they sweet? Cheesy? Meant for old people?… We give you two reasons to be optimistic for the season. We’ll be back with 22 reasons to be fearful next week … Plus, there’s a new Zimbabwe diamond rush. Cause the first one went so well … All below …

 

Ready or Not, Here It Comes

JCK judges the big chain’s holiday commercials.

– Two reasons why “jewelers should be optimistic” for holiday.

– Avi Krawitz: Growing number of “super-rich.”

– Edahn Golan: “Buckle up.” 

– The EconomistNot everyone will thrive this holiday.

– U.S. consumer sentiment at five month high.

 

Birks and Mayors sales rise 16.8 percent. Nice.

 

Henry Dunay loses court battle over his name.

 

Bon Ton CEO to retire.

 

KP and Zimbabwe: The Debate Rages On (and On …)

– JA, DMIA: Jewelers must be careful.

– U.K. government warns it will enforce sanctions.

– British industry “baffled.”

– De Beers distances itself.

– Indian diamantaires “rushing in.”

– Will KP decision end smuggling? Somehow I doubt it.

– Mugabe heads to China to drum up diamond business.

– Govt. newspaper attacks … Zambia.

– Not sure what to make of this Zimbabwe paean to its mining minister.

 

New diamond rush hits Zimbabwe. Great.

 

Chaim Even-Zohar on creating different “tiers” of diamonds. [$$]

 

More wikileaked cables on diamonds.

 

Surat traders sign deal with Alrosa.

 

Rough, polished prices rise in Mumbai.

– Diamond market looks “beyond China.”

 

110-carat yellow diamond brings record price.

 

Graff buys back diamond at auction he once owned.

 

Clever diamond promotion from Robbins Brothers.

 

Marie Claire names new accessories director.

  

Bell and Ross selling on Facebook.

– Montblanc launches ecommerce site.

 

Neiman Marcus debuts Forevermark.

  

Fair Trade gold coming to U.S.

 

New Namibian diamond brand launched.

 

Tiffany announces site devoted to sustainability.

– Green.biz talks to Tiffany CEO.

 

Earthworks targets Signet over Alaska mine.

 

Korean auditors probling Cameroon mine deal.

 

Diamond dealer conned in London.

 

Veterans make jewelry out of bullets.

 

Husband combs landfill for wife’s engagement ring.

 

Newt Gingrich “bought off wife” with Tiffany’s purchases.  

 

Media Watch:

Fresno State University newspaper writes on blood diamonds.

The Economist on Chai Tai Fook.

 

From the Blog:

Judging the Big Chain’s Holiday Commercials.

More Wikileaked Cables on Diamonds.

 

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JCK News Director