Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


Happy Valentine’s Day?

 – 11% rise predicted for

– The NRF also sees increase.


The Zale soap opera continues.

– NY Post: Piercing Pagoda deal hits “snag.”

– Board members leave Golden Gate.

– Breeden sells more Zale shares.

– Analyst predicts stock decline.


Investors souring on luxury retail.


Bulgari jewelry sales up.


Gold prices jumped 29% in


Latest DTC sight: $650

–  Polished prices rising.

– Botswana’s diamond exports could reach
historic levels.

– Worthwhile perspective on De
Beers’ decision
to sell Finsch.


Edahn Golan: Miners moving from tenders to auctions.


The Kimberley Process’ newest challenge: The
Ivory Coast.

Christian Science
on the situation.


Report: Indian companies receive go-ahead for Marange exports.


Diamond smugglers arrested at
Lebanese airport.


Two gem dealers arrested in Indian bank


Shakeup at GIA


Avi Krawitz: Consumers looking for “authenticity.” Do diamonds qualify?


De Beers hires PR firm for
Forevermark Asia.

– Forevermark launches in Bangalore.


Letseng mine gets record prices in


Angolan diamond company makes

– Angolan companies to explore in Zimbabwe.


Dolat Ventures increases diamond
production in Sierra Leone.


Leber Jewelers condemns KP decision on


JA wants repeal of 1099 reporting requirement.


Shake-out in “flash sale” sector?


Australian online business closes.


JC Penney closes
six stores
, catalog operation.


Trollbeads parent takes over U.S. distribution.


Interesting: Pandora jewelry search results mostly spam.


Signet, Antwerp officials join
WDC board.


KP chair honored by


Flooding disrupts Northern Cape diamond mine.


Still more celebrity gems:

– Natalie Portman’s “certified
engagement ring.

– Joe Jonas’ commitment


the Blog:

The Zale Soap Opera Continues.

KP’s Newest Challenge: The Ivory Coast.

at GIA Thailand.


Media Watch:

Alaska Journal has overview of the issues surrounding the proposed Pebble Mine.


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