Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week … Will a big luxury conglomerate try to make a breakfast of Tiffany’s? … Skirmishes erupt in a diamond field in Africa—and a diamond club in New York…  Plus, the Hong Kong show is officially declared “not that bad.” We’ll take it!… All below:


This just in … Ralph Shapiro, long-time president of the Diamond Club West Coast, has died. Very sad to hear. 


Birks & Mayors CEO stepping down.


Diamond Dealers Club president Moshe Mosbacher resigns.

– The article which caused it. [$]

– WFDB urges reorganization.

– My thoughts: Where the DDC goes from here.


New speculation about Tiffany acquisition. Just what we need, some big conglomerate potentially ruining one of the best-run companies in the industry.


Survey: 80 percent of Hispanic consumers to buy jewelry in next year.


Petra sees “record” prices in long-term.

– De Beers also sees “record” diamond demand.


Gold hits seven-week low.


Hong Kong show “dispels traders’ fears.”

– Slow, but “better than expected.”

– Edahn Golan: Scene of price battle.


India’s diamond industry “still shaken” by terrorist attacks.


Zimbabwe govt. newspaper says KP “moving goalposts.”


Diamond-related violence in Central African Republic.

– KP chair calls for “vigilance.”


Avi Krawitz: De Beers/Botswana dealer “a game-changer.”


September sight expected to be small.

– IDI president thinks it’s a good thing.


Topaz testing lab GemClear suspends operations.


California passes “conflict mineral” law.


Reality show to star Las Vegas jeweler.


Bulgari blue fetches $1.9 million.


EBay launches “virtual outlet.”


Diamond Empowerment Fund fund-raiser raises $2.2 million.


Elizabeth Taylor jewelry tour begins.

– David Beckham a buyer?


Michelle Obama “dazzles in diamonds.”

– Critics: She’s “out of touch.”

– Headline on Drudge Report.


Media Watch:

Wall Street Daily hails Internet diamond business.

Financial Times blog on DTC moving to Botswana.

The New York Times on the liquidation of Ralph Esmerian’s estate.

Smithsonian.com salutes Sidney Mobell.


From the Blog:

Where Does the DDC Go From Here?

Diamond Dealers Club President Resigns.


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