I’m getting a whole bunch more twitter followers lately
(here’s my feed), and as a result
I’m doing more stuff on it. This is a great sign that the industry is embracing
social networking. (And really, twitter isn’t too difficult. Trust me.)
And, I know I should write about other stuff beyond
Zimbabwe. I promise I will.
And now the news …
“Increased chance” of
Zale changes ad agency.
Article claims ad budget went from $50 million (in two years) to $3 million in
2010 first half. Yikes.
American International Gemologists (AIG) liquidates.
Botswana down, Russia up: Diamond production reshuffled.
Indian companies form
“sourcing collaborative.” Very interesting.
– What the Marange
– Mostly Indian
– Goverment “shrugs
off” Rapnet ban.
– Mining mister calls Rapaport
“lunatic organization.” I
guess his charm offensive is over.
– Zimbabwe writer argues
ban won’t help human rights.
– VP says Zim has
“no blood diamonds.”
– State owned corporation probed.
– Edahn: No problems
– NGOs find much
to be mad about.
– Maguwu bail conditions relaxed.
won’t testify in Nchindo case.
“Optimism” at India
Michael Hill still
posting loss in U.S. Otherwise doing well.
Businesses rally against
“conflict minerals” law.
– Global Witness sues
British government over conflict minerals.
Manhattan diamond store robbed.
Diamond courier looted
JSA, ebay team
Jewelers for Children/Diamond Empowerment Fund hold
joint raffle. Both great causes; check it out.
Diamond Development Initiative annual
The Naomi Campbell blood
diamond video game.
– Mandela charity official resigns
because of controversy.
Eat Pray Love inspires
– Toronto Sun
on Fair Trade jewelry.
Daily Mail reviews “blood diamond” history. It’s not pretty.
Jewelers talks to local jewelers about conflict diamonds.
Africa’s Canada’s “conflict
diamond” newsletter. (PDF)
– Blog advises how to
make your own engagement ring.
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