One note: I will be leaving tonight for Israel, to cover the
upcoming KP Plenary meeting, and I hope to blog a bit from there. But this
round-up may be late (or early) next week, depending on my free time.
And now the news …
Signet prepays notes.
– U.K. chain thanks public for
Charles and Covard sales, profits up.
Pandora’s plans laid
out in prospectus.
– David Yurman remodels
Bloomingdales doing well with jewelry.
– Jewelry sales rising, says USA
– Idex gloomy about holiday.
– Indian jewelers “bullish.”
National Jeweler goes
Fred Meyer jewelers opens
De Beers anti-trust case in court Feb. 23.
Lazare Kaplan settles
Ideal Diamond Solutions goes
– Chapter 7 petition filed against
Report: JB Diamonds (India) defaults.
– Article blames
– “Dark shadow” over workers.
Indian banks “taken
for a ride.”
Indian deal for Zim diamonds “raises
– Group to lobby
– My thoughts: Are Marange diamonds
– Eyeing Russia,
– Chaim: An “empty
Rio sees higher
Report: Alrosa faces
– Sells a billion
– Wants to be
– Armenia wants higher
State approves Indian diamond
Miner Transhex “ailing.”
Campaign launched against
Israeli diamonds. While I support adding human rights language to the KP,
it is perhaps inevitable that bringing up such issues will make it more
politicized and drag in all sorts of tangential topics, like Israel/Palestine,
etc. On the KP’s Facebook
page, one of the activists involved in the KP (Nadim Kara) says bringing in
topics like this, especially if they don’t have anything to do with diamond
make the mandate “too broad.” That is true, but even so, sensitivity about
these issues may be why we don’t see any human rights language included in the
KP. (One note: Please do not discuss Israel/Palestine in the comments. This
isn’t the place for it. Thanks.)
Forevermark sales exceed
$200 million annually.
DTC Botswana strike “suspended.”
Legal guidelines proposed for
buying “conflict” resources.
Charity boss who got Naomi Campbell stones in
De Beers wins award for
Man arrested with 2600
diamonds in stomach.
in New York.
Maria Sharapova’s engagement
– Blue Nile CEO talks to
coverage of B.C. Clark’s trip to Africa.
– WSJ speaks
to Carol Brodie.
Economist charts world’s biggest diamond producers.
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