Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

 

Happy Valentine’s Day?

 – 11% rise predicted for
jewelry
.

– 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
2010.

 

Latest DTC sight: $650
million
.

–  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
Monitor
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
heist.

 

Shakeup at GIA
Thailand.

 

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
4Q.

 

Angolan diamond company makes
deal.

– Angolan companies to explore in Zimbabwe.

 

Dolat Ventures increases diamond
production in Sierra Leone.

 

Leber Jewelers condemns KP decision on
Zimbabwe.

 

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
bourse.

 

Flooding disrupts Northern Cape diamond mine.

 

Still more celebrity gems:

– Natalie Portman’s “certified
conflict-free”
engagement ring.

– Joe Jonas’ commitment
ring.

 

From
the Blog:

The Zale Soap Opera Continues.

The
KP’s Newest Challenge: The Ivory Coast.

Shakeup
at GIA Thailand.

 

Media Watch:

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

 

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