Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

 

Pandora readies IPO.

 

Goofus: Zale owes
Citibank yet more
money.

 

Gallant: Signet
same store sales
up 4.5%.

Beats street
estimates.

Conference
call
. Nothing too interesting (that I heard.)

 

Tiffany sales up 9%.

– Tiffany goes
into handbags.

 

De Beers sues Kohl’s,
others over Everlon.

– From December 2009: “The
industry goes knots.”

 

New De
Beers sales arrangement.

Thoughts/interview.
I am hoping to have more to say on this next week.

–  More rough buying
syndicates?

 

“Why
we still need the Kimberley Process.”

 

Newsflash: Zimbabwe
Still Screwed Up.

– A divided
KP monitoring mission.

– Government makes $30
million.

– Are Zanu headliners controlling
sale?

– Zimbabwe opposition party objects
to auction.

– How will proceeds
be shared?

– Raising “air
of expectation.”

– There is amazingly little to this
story
in the Indian press which portrays the Rapnet decision to ban Marange
stones as a reaction to the new Indian sourcing collaborative. That is silly,
but it’s interesting someone thought to float it.

 

IIJS fashion show “a hit.”

– Diamond theft at IIJS.
Theives extradited.

– WJA India launches.

 

Former Speidel execs found
in contempt.

 

Michael Hill’s family wants to increase
company stake.

 

Gem Diamonds interested
in De Beers mines.

 

Key Botswana diamond negotiator resigns.

– Opposition calls
for “transparent” negotiations.

 

Botswana says industry’s “bounced
back.”

– Sierra Leone diamond exports up
43%.

 

Jewelers Opening:

Fred Meyer in
Little Rock, Phoenix.

 

Jewelers Closing:

Bryan
and Scott in Colorado.

Maharajas
in Panama Beach, Fla.

 

47th Street dealers should monitor bank
accounts.

 

New fair trade jewelry company launched.

 

New GIA Symposium dates.

 

This isn’t something I usually do, but I’m giving it a shot.
Al Gerstein,
formerly of Tache and M. Fabrikant, called recently to say that he is looking
for employment opportunities. So, if you think you can help, his linkedin
profile is here.

 

From the Blog:

Why
We Still Need a Kimberley Process.

Notes
on New De Beers Sales Policy.
 

Zimbabwe
Mission Update.

 

 

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