Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


Lazare Kaplan sues insurance firms.


Citibank and Zale extend payment deadline.

– New York Post says new Zale deal coming “soon.” I would assume, contrary to what this article says, that Zale will at least add new management once it irons out its current financial issues. Also, I have heard many say that they think $150 million is a little low, given what Zale needs. Be interested in opinions on this.


Birks and Mayors sales increase 29%.


Blue Nile sales up 19%.

– Still “king of bling.”


Possible luxury “slowdown.”


Zimbabwe has violated Kimberley: JA. This is a huge development, if true.

– Chairman’s letter to KP. (PDF)

– Diamond official abducted in Zimbabwe.

– Bill mentions Zimbabwe’s suspension from KP.


White synthetics over a carat?


Chaim Even-Zohar’s farewell editorial.

– WWD jewelry editor goes to Christies.


Sources: De Beers may go public.

– New De Beers anti-trust investigation?  This doesn’t seem to be as big deal as the article makes it out to be. Hope to have more on this in a bit.

– Cuts 40% of workforce at SA mine.


Jewelers Opening:

Orianne Collins on Madison Ave.

Tapper’s in Troy, Mich.


Theives target De Beers and Tiffany.


More jewelers against “dirty gold.”


Naomi Campbell talks about her alleged “blood diamond” – somewhat, on Oprah.


William Sites wins Shipley Award.


Freddy Hagar re-elected head of London bourse.


Gilt.com founder speaks at WJA.


Diamond-studded guns!?


From JCK:
My article on flash sales.

My article on jewelry rentals.

My article on the diamond ipad.


From the Blog:

White Synthetics Over a Carat?

WWD Jewelry Editor Goes to Christies?



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