Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

 

Tiffany opening
21 stores this year
, 2011 sales up 14%.

– Tiffany earning
call transcript.

– Japan dims
outlook.

 

Harry Winston sales up
89%.

– Barron’s on
Harry Winston.

 

Former Zale CEO Neal Goldberg dies.
Terrible news. Our thoughts are with his family.

 

GIA axes clients for HPHT
non-disclosure.

– Clarifies: Only repeat offenders get
the boot.

– From site: How to submit treated
gems.

 

Rapaport signs deal with
AGS.

 

Optimism at
Basel kick-off.

 

Kimberley Process: At
war with itself.

–  JA, DMIA criticize chairman’s
decision
.

– World Diamond Council, De Beers urge
caution.

– Rapaport urges expulsion from
industry groups
.

– “A dangerous
precedent
.”

– “Politicians have
hijacked
” the KP.

 

Zimbabwe happy with KP decision.
(Govt. newspaper)

– Minister: KP “does not respect
African countries
.”

 

With KP in turmoil, Indians unsure how
to proceed.

– Surat Rough Sourcing Initiative’s fate “hangs
in balance.”

– Marange supply “a big let-down” for
Indian collective.

 

Rio and Alrosa may make diamond
deal.

– CEO says Alrosa suffers from
“reputational drag
.”

 

Flash, deal sites “overloading
shoppers.”

– Small businesses “get
savvy.”

– Interesting discussion about Groupon in these Gawker comments.
(Warning: frank language.)

 

Gordon Brothers names
new managing director
.

BHP changes diamond
marketing team
.

 

Elizabeth Taylor dies.

– Jewelry collection valued at
$150 million.

– Her “life
in diamonds.”

– Industry remembers on Twitter.

– Jewelry may be auctioned for AIDS charity.

– 2007 interview with
JCK.

 

Phyllis Bergman reelected
head of 24K Club
.

 

Gemvara raises
$15 million.

 

Luxist is apparently
folding into Stylist
. What a shame; I thought it was very good.

 

Zale fails to get
Gordons.com domain
.

 

Nordstrom completes HauteLook
acquisition.

 

Christie’s auctioning big
colored diamonds.

– Big emerald tiara to be sold
by Sotheby’s.

 

Royal Asscher opens stores
in China.

 

Gem Diamonds, Lucara discussing
merger.

 

Shane pearl sales to benefit
Japan relief.

– Jewelers for Children donates
$25,000.

 

Diamonds could be used for storing
information.

 

Couple finds 2.5-carat diamond at Arkansas
park.

 

J.R.R. Tolkien’s grandson explains why he wrote
diamond novel.

 

British lottery promoted with woman covered
with diamonds.

 

Someone had to do it…a diamond
iPad 2.

 

Fake diamond speakers.
Note that diamonds are called “politically incorrect.”

 

Media Watch:

Financial
Times
on the state of the diamond industry.

Local news
stations
cover “five things to know about engagement rings.” (Read number 5. Pretty
stupid.)

 

From the Blog:

More
on GIA Axing Clients for Non-Disclosure.

The
Kimberley Process, At War With Itself.
 Post has some worthwhile comments.

 

 

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