JCK’s offices will be closed Monday, in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Hope everyone has a great weekend. And now the news…
Signet Jewelers’ same store sales up
Tiffany holiday sales up 11%.
– President to retire
– Zale holiday comp
sales up 8.5%! Nice job.
– Stock hits
– NY Post: Piercing Pagoda sale may
– GLG: Beware of the
Three-year growth spurt for
– Govt.: U.S. retail sales up 7.9%
from last year
Return of “aspirational
Spence Diamonds departs from
Houston. Well, that was quick. Welcome back, Robbins Brothers.
– So long, Robbins
8th and Walnut.
Interview with CEO
of Forevermark. Some interesting stuff in there.
New jewelry flash site launches.
Polygon founder, Boyajian launch
Ellen Haddigan leaves
Diamond Empowerment Fund.
Petra sees stronger
– Rap editorial warns
Edahn Golan on Indian
Israeli export list.
– Botswana mining sector to grow
Liberia could be
world’s largest diamond producer. (!)
– UN warns country need to do more about conflict
“Confusion” over Marange diamonds.
– Agreement deadline extended.
– Zim mining company director “on
– Maguwu calls for
Mining company want delay in SEC “conflict
Company accused of shooting
diggers at gold mine.
De Beers Canada mine may
Legendary “grandmother jewel thief” again
Blue Nile moves
to new offices.
Jericho appoints new
VP of exploration.
Damien Hirst introduces diamond-covered
baby skull. I’m going to throw up.
engagement rings as “post-divorce art.”
buying diamonds, and getting magazines to write about them:
Kanye West’s new
diamond watch. From link: “I look forward to the day when Kanye becomes the
world’s first man to be made entirely of diamonds.”
profiles the founder of C5. While I believe in efforts like this, it also
represents a massive failure of KP and NGO communication efforts that “socially
responsible” jewelers who should be supporting the KP, following it to the
letter, and working to make it stronger, instead actively disaparage it and act
like it doesn’t matter. (And yes, I know there are marketing reasons for certain
companies to do so. If everything is “conflict-free,” they have less of a
selling proposition. But the NGOs in particular have to realize that when you
are only negative about something, that has consequences.)
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