Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


Blue Nile fourth quarter sales rise 11.5%. “Strongest holiday season in our history.”

– Stock hits 52-week high.


De Beers’ 2010 sales up 53%.

– “Cautious” about 2011. 

– Considering spending $1.4
billion on Venetia.

– Report: DTC must still supply Spira.

– Company wraps up Everlon

– Former CEO Gareth Penny joins investment firm.


Christies jewelry dept. has record 2010.


Kimberley Process hits
another stalemate.

– Chaim: KP Chairman “fails

– Edahn: India must get involved.


“Diamond district” jewelers stand trial over
alleged false heist.


Report: Indian diamond barons may
have secret bank accounts.

– Market “stunned.”



Trollbeads saga may
move to Denmark.


New York Times: The
psychology of Groupon.

– My thoughts: Groupon
versus Groupthink.


WWD on Harry
Winston’s “new look.”

– Harry Winston appoints new


Terrible news: NJ jeweler killed in robbery.


Jewelry editor of W goes
to Open Sky.


Former Zale VP joins
moissanite board.


Lazare Kaplan appoints vp
for rough
and international
manufacturing coordinator.


Eric Modell appointed president of
jewelry pawnbroker.


IGI opens lab in


Strike at Namibian
diamond cutter

– Botswana workers petition
the government
over labor issues.


Diamond recovery helping


Rio Tinto diamond sales up


Angola presents
diamond strategy.

– Expected to produce
nine million carats in ’11.


Sierra Leone diamond exports up 28%.


Charles Taylor boycotts
war crimes trial

– Avi Krawitz: Diamond industry “must
pay attention.”


Cash, diamonds recovered in
Mumbai bank theft.


BHP auctioning
78-carat stone.


Chopard’s “mystery” 85-carat
Amusing article.


NBA launches diamond
jewelry line.


First Lady wants
jewelry for Valentine’s Day


Kim Kardashian, Elizabeth Taylor discuss
diamonds for Harper’s.


Lindsay Lohan charged with
stealing necklace.

– Was jeweler inconsistent?


The diamond pacifier.
And remember people, they don’t recommend “actual use.”


Media Watch:

Chicago Tribune: Jewelry sales are back.

– The
examines the economics of the engagement ring purchase.

interview Nicky Oppenheimer, profiles De Beers.

– Weird CNBC story
about dictator diamonds.

Diego Union-Tribune
on buying a diamond.

The New York
tours 47th Street.

profiles Carol Brodie.


From the Blog:

and Groupthink.

Stalemate for the Kimberley Process?



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Wed., Feb. 9… Have a great weekend …


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