Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


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Here now the news …



Consumer confidence climbs
in August.


West Coast Jewelry Show cancelled.


LKI again files
an incomplete financial report.

What it’s like to receive
an IRS Patriot Act examination
. Jewelers and manufacturers who aren’t up to
speed on this should definitely read.


De Beers class action: The
latest twist.

– DMIA submitted
amicus brief


Gitanjali may acquire
Italian jewelry house.


Pandora IPO gets

– Company appoints
new board members.


Increasing rough prices “cause
for concern.”


August DTC sight estimated at
$450 million.


Harry Winston sales
up 62%.

– Shares surge.


– Company examines cheaper
mining methods.


Russia may sell over $1 billion.

– … But not


Namdeb doubles first
half diamond production.


Zimbabwe: World’s most
important diamond producer?

– Who bought at recent

– Mining minister sued over sales.

– NGOs to
name new point person

– KP mission divided over
press release.

– Zim ruling party now venturing
into cutting?


Argyle mine reaches
environmental milestone.


Rapaport lays out
“human rights standard.”
(Also: See clarification
on last week’s post.)


Lest we forget:
Arms trafficker Victor Bout “sometimes took
payment in diamonds
, bringing his own gemologist to assess the stones.”


Jewelers Closing:

Jewelry in Washington, Penn.


New laws target
cadmium in jewelry.


Yitzhak Forem dies.
Very sad to hear.


Jeweler Howard Iseman dies at


Jacky Roth appointed
to WDC board.


from “Glee.”


Media Watch:

Fast Company
likes Blue Nile. (Part

doesn’t like the Bristol Bay mine.

– A (partial) defense of diamond buying psychology on Andrew
Sullivan’s blog
. The debate continues here
and here
and here.
And includes a
nice plug.
Have to admit I’ve never heard of “The Clarity Project” or the lab
it uses before, and I keep close tabs on this stuff. Sounds good though.

– Worthwhile post on the Kimberley Process in Global
Policy Journal.

profiles Ben Yep.


From JCK:
My article on
the “post cartel decade.”


From the Blog:

It’s Like to Receive an IRS Patriot Act Examination

Latest Twist in the De Beers Class Action Saga.

Coast Jewelry Show Cancelled.


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