Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

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And now the news:

Three jewelers buy
David Webb.

– Interview with
new owner.


Providence Chain goes
into receivership.


Pessimistic takes on Zale: Dailyfinance.com,
and Smarttrend

– And somewhat more optimistic, Motley


Is Botswana rethinking
its diamond sales?

– Indians also look
to Alrosa.


Indian jewelry exports may
rise 7-8% this year


Antwerp holds
board elections.

“Indian sweep.”


Clinton: Only Zimbabwe rulers benefit
from diamonds.

– Govt. newspaper: British firms buying
Chiadzwa diamonds.

– Zimbabwe reports from Partnership
Africa Canada
and Global
(both PDFs.)

– Global Witness release.

– Wall Street Journal: Diggers

– “Letter to civil society.”

– Is this really Kimberley’s problem?


Arrested NGO worker seized
from jail.

– Claims mistreatment.

– Bail sought.

– Says he
was “set up.”


Stores Opening:

more Bailey’s stores.


Stores Closing:

Jewelers in Ohio.


Russia arrests four
emerald traders.


Phillipines jeweler denied
on smuggling/tax charges.


Stiff fine for Namibian diamond theft.


Diamond thief nabbed due to Facebook. Amusing.


Another strange thief: Delaware County serial


Canadian diamond factory doubles in


Stanford to consider “conflict minerals” in


Afghanistan may have
mineral deposits.


Lesotho mine gets
new managing director.


JA introduces
“legislation tracker.”


DDC meets with
Chinese leaders.


World Diamond Congress to
be held in Russia
. I will be there …


Media Watch:

– The Financial Times on the
Four C’s
and disparities
in diamond tastes.

– The Atlantic says women should
“rebel” against diamonds.

– Wisconsin newspaper on
gold sales.


From the Blog:

with New David Webb Owner.

Botswana Rethinking Its Diamond Sales?


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