Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

 

This week … The DTC says goodbye to London …  Swatch says goodbye to Tiffany … And Missoni? I guess that was a good buy … All below … 

 

“Decent” holiday forecast.

– Retail sales flat in August.

– Forecasters see rocky retail recovery.

– My thoughts: Yes, there really is a “new normal.”

 

Can the jewelry business mimic Missoni mania?

 

De Beers sights moving to Botswana. Big news.

 

Firestone: Diamond prices down 15 to 20 percent in August.

– Avi Krawitz: Market “jittery” ahead of Hong Kong.

– Is diamond market in “irrational depression”?

 

Tiffany’s international business will “soon be more important than America’s.”

– Swatch Group ends partnership with Tiffany.

– Company opens new store in Soho.

 

Blue Nile sells $300,000 diamond via mobile.

 

Richline purchases Carniani.

 

Richemont wins big default judgment in counterfeit case.


Wild story: Jewel thieves doubled as jewelers.

 

Jewelers remember 9/11.

– Edahn Golan: “We all bare scars.”

JCK coverage ten years ago: Initial coverage; “Brush with a Nightmare”; “[Bob] Speisman Remembered”; “Coping with Crisis.”

 

Video from this week’s Rapaport conference.

– NJ write-up.

 

Zimbabwe wants to sell around Kimberley Process.

– Another diamond rush in Zimbabwe.

 

(Third) Marange mine declares itself Kimberley-compliant.

 

Indian jeweler accused of diamond smuggling.

 

Texas electric company rejects “blood diamond” charges.

 

Angolan diamond sector regaining importance.

 

Jewelers Closing:

Achkar Jewelers in Youngstown, Ohio.

Bellman Jewelers in New Hampshire.

 

Hearts On Fire teams with Hearst for media campaign.

 

Long-time CJA director Robert Westover dies.

 

Italian wholesaler Francesco Roberto dies.

 

Idex introduces another new price list.

– Yellow diamond price list introduced.

 

Petra completes acquisition of Finsch.

 

Namibian diamond strike ends.

 

Diamonds offer clue to carbon cycle.

 

Holly Durst’s got an engagement ring.

– Britney Spears, not getting one.

 

Media Watch:

Fox Business on pawning gold and diamonds.

Treehugger on the Kimberley Process.

California writer for Patch describes her ring buying expedition and getting a new one.

 

From the Blog:

Can the Jewelry Business Mimic Missoni Mania?

Yes, There Really is a “New Normal.”

 

 

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