Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

 

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And now the news ..

 

“Record” 2Q sales for Blue Nile.

– Wall Street still disappointed

 

Cartier sues Hautelook.  Link includes court documents.

 

A new diamond cartel?

– Forget IDB. The industry needs brands.

 

What’s behind the luxury mindset?

– School offers degree in “luxury management.”

 

KP releases annual production figures. (PDF)

– Edahn: What those figures hide.

 

Zimbabwe hiding “dirt” from KP monitor.

– Monitor (Chikane) will return next week.

– Mugawe declares Zim’s diamonds should benefit “whole country.” So …what’s stopping him?  

– “Despair” in Chiadzwa.

– The Responsible Jewellery Council supports KP agreement.

– African Diamond Council slams KP.

 

Naomi Campbell testifies about “blood diamonds.”

– NY Times has video.

– Did she lie?

– Diamonds turned over to police.

My thoughts.

 

French jewelry retailers to be bought.

 

Florida jeweler charged with dealing in stolen property.

 

Miami jeweler faces new bank fraud charges.

 

Greve store forced to liquidate.

 

Stornaway negotiates deal to open mine.

 

Diamond cutter relocates to Saskatchewan.

 

This is a very clever jewelry ad.

 

Robbins Brothers offers the “She’ll Say Yes” guarantee.

– .. and posts this nice engagement video.

 

Kim Kardashain unveils earring line.

 

The Bachelorette ring.

 

JA gets new board members.

 

Gemvara gets CFO.

 

Elizabeth Taylor wears diamond turban at wedding.

– … and Kayne West has diamond teeth.

 

Media Watch:

–  The BBC looks again at “blood diamonds” at Sierra Leone. (Warning: Graphic footage.)

–  Atlantic blog looks at debate over “conflict minerals.” Plus, has pretty good look at KP issues.

– CNN primer on “blood diamonds.”

– Slate on “greener gemstones.” (Reprinted in Washington Post.)

– Huffington Post blogger wants to sell her “greener diamonds” — which seem to be combos of the diamond and non-diamond (CZ?)

– New York Times on men’s engagement rings.

 

From the Blog:

– Obligatory Naomi Campbell/Blood Diamond Post.

– What’s Behind the Luxury Mindset?

– Diamond Cartel – The Sequel?

 

From JCK TV:

The Joe the Jeweler show.

 

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