Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


As there was no Diamond Shavings last week, this will cover the past two weeks …

This edition… The diamond industry gets more good news,
something which it is very much unaccustomed to … The industry and governments
seem just as confused about what is going in the Kimberley Process as the rest
of us… China has one billion people. And may soon have one billion jewelry stores … All below …


Luxury, jewelry strong
in June
: SpendingPulse.

– Jewelry strong at Neiman
, Saks,
and Bon


“Record visitors” at
Hong Kong jewelry show.

– “Marked improvement.”


Lazare Kaplan settles
suits with insurers
, and makes some very, shall we say, interesting
accusations about its (former) bankers.


Birks & Mayors may
expand into China

– First quarter sales up
18.8 percent.


Luxury retail rents rising

– More vacancies at
U.S. malls.


BJ’s Wholesale Club sold
for $2.8 billion.


Diamond demand largely from
Middle East, Russia.

– “Arab spring” helping prices

– De Beers’ prices have risen
40% this year.

– Firestone Diamonds: Rough tender prices up

– Industry has “crossed the


Analyst: Tiffany “able to raise

– Profit boost “tremendous.”


New diamond investment fund starts


Antwerp diamond exports, imports rising.

– So are Israel’s.

– Botswana exports headed for


KP: Still Tangled in

– My thoughts on the Kimberley
Process and human rights.

– Edahn Golan: “Follow the
Good advice.

– India unsure about Marange

– South Africa’s role in KP/Zimbabwe affair “slammed.”

– Marange shipment allowed
from Dubai. Headed to

– Switzerland rebukes chairman.

– Diamond groups split over KP decision.

– Human Rights Watch warns
customers away from Marange diamonds


Zimbabwe suspends local
diamond sales.

– Zim plans rules to increase

– Government probes
De Beers.


De Beers CEO makes
first industry appearance.

– Sightholder questionnaires due.


Alrosa holds first online auction.

– Russia may
cut stake.


Sierra Leone diamond production falls.


Sarasota newspaper has the latest from
lab-grown diamond producer Gemesis.


Australia’s first
diamond cutting factory?


Israeli dealer nabbed
for smuggling.
(A few more details here.)


Yair Sahir elected
new IDE president.


WFDB president assails
mandatory RJC membership.


DDC, IDCA now offer
“reciprocal membership.”


Antwerp Diamond Council signs deal
with Chinese bank.

– “A
significant deal

DMIA re-elects
Friedman president.


Andrew Block joins
Jacob and Co.


Charles and Colvard names
new vice president.


De Beers Diamond Jewellers names
new communications director.

– De Beers opens store in


Illinois bans cadmium
in jewelry.


Swipe fee caps lowered.


California passes Internet
sales tax.

– Two other states add

– Centurion poll: Most
jewelers favor.


Blue Nile aims “beyond
the engagement ring.”

– Gemvara founder is
a “30 under 30.”

– Gemvara hires advisor
to CEO.


Belgian online jeweler raises
$4 million.


Groupon moves into


Google chief predicts one-third of stores will
accept mobile payments in a year


New York Times: Watches rediscovered
by cell phone generation.

– Movado: “About
to take off?”


PPR purchases
Girard-Perregaux owner.

– LVMH buys
Swiss watchmaker.


Terrible news: Houston jeweler killed.
Suspect arrested.


Thief who targeted London diamond dealers caught
by own geo-tracking device.

four years.


Surat diamond thieves found.

– Gold, diamonds found
at Indian temple.


Rockwell Diamonds may
list on London exchange.

new COO


Petra Diamonds director dies.


Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry set
for world tour.


Prince William, Kate Middleton receive
Canadian diamonds.


Eva Peron jewelry recovered
in Spain.


Julie Benz’ engagement


Media Watch:

TV channel
on “The Real Price of Gold.” More in Daily

South African newspaper
on the Kimberley Process. Quotes this here blog.


From the Blog:

Beers CEO Makes First Industry Appearance.

Kimberley Process and Human Rights.


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