Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

 

Diamond Shavings … Now with an intro .. This week in the jewelry industry … we have news of the De
Beers CEO as well as reaction to it (which is mostly, “Who’s that?”) De Beers now
has agreement to buy from Namibia and to sell to A. Spira, even if they don’t
seem to really want the latter. Plus, Newt Gingrich
is a big jewelry fan. Who knew?! Shame he doesn’t pay his bills. All below …

 

New De Beers CEO: Philippe
of Faith

– Transport executive named
new De Beers CEO
.  

– Comments from Edahn GolanChaim
Even-Zohar
, Avi
Krawitz
, and Charles
Wyndham
.

– Company signs new agreement with
Namibia.
 

– “Bullish” on
Botswana prospects.

 

De Beers’ retail chain names new
U.S. CEO.

– Crain’s article includes comments from yours
truly.

 

E.C. rules that Spira still
a sightholder.
 (Subscription)

 

Harry Winston inks
deal with diamond investment firm
. Very interesting arrangement …

– New “rare diamond” investment fund starts.

 

Jewelry, watch sales strong for
Richemont
and ShopNBC.

– Internet auctions (kind of) die, but EBay
survives.

 

Pandora revenue rises.

 

Are we living in a discount
culture?

– GenX Jewelers: It’s the experience.

 

Record jewelry auctions at Christie’s
and Sotheby’s.

 

Platinum price may hit
$2,000.

 

Lazare Kaplan diamond dispute still
going.

– “Threatening to turn into
a public brawl
.”

 

Alrosa valued at
$5.5 billion.

– Alrosa may add Angola
mining projects.

 

Dealer expelled from Israel bourse found stabbed.

 

Boucheron gets
new president, CEO.

 

Antwerp bourse elects
new president.

 

Gems and Gemology gets new
editor in chief.

 

Diamond themed-Ponzi schemer goes
to jail
.

 

Indian diamond thieves may
walk free.

 

Diamond cutting school opens in Zimbabwe.

 

De Beers CEO says Namibia should remain “investor
friendly.”

– De Beers Canada releases “Report to
Society.”

 

Social issues covered at JCK
Show
and GIA
Symposium.

 

HRD Diamonds appear on dailydiamondreport.

 

Touching ad campaign from
Robbins Brothers.

 

Fan of the jewelry industry … Newt Gingrich.   I hope the reaction to this doesn’t mean that
politicians, or other public figures, will be reluctant to go to jewelers.
(Though if it makes them reluctant to owe them hundreds of thousands of
dollars, that’s fine.)

 

Blood Diamond star’s ex-girlfriend goes to Diamonds
are a Girl’s Best Friend party
.

 

Media Watch:

Diplomatic
Courier
on Kimberley Process. Okay article, a few errors.

– Much better interview
with environmentalist
about the role diamonds can play in helping Africa.

WWD
on “adapting” jewelers. ($)

CNBC on
rising diamond sales in China.

 

From the Blog:

How
Internet Auctions Died, But EBay Survived.

Escaping
the Discount Culture.

 

From JCK:

 
My
article on the impact of smartphones.

My
article on jewelers and Foursquare

 

 

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