Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

NRF: Retail sales will increase in 2010.

 

Kenny G: Census shows fewer jewelers.

 

Centurion “upbeat.”

– GenNext panel report.

 

Zale tries to raise cash from vendors.   

My thoughts. With some good comments.

– GLG: Is Michael Hill Zale’s savior?

– Company “wins” bankruptcy poll. Nothing to take too seriously, though an indicator of the nervousness out there.

 

Shane pushes back reorg plan. I will repeat what I said in the comments: My info is that the company is doing well, and things are likely to go through in spite of all the delays.

 

Arthur Groom goes chapter 11.

 

Birks and Mayors sales up 1% in 3Q.

 

Executive changes at Leviev and Damiani. (pay site)

 

Gitanjali sales up.

 

GIA acts on counterfeit report.

 

26 West 47th Street sold.

 

SA youth group: De Beers assets will be nationalized.

 

Violent diamond rush in Zimbabwe.

-Secret airstrip built?

– Clash over KP monitor.

– Controversy over mining company.

– Diamond company robbed.

– Country claims it has no blood diamonds.

– Government newspaper wants to clean up “mess.”

 

Associations address Zimbabwe issue: JA, RJC.

– Rapaport officially resigns from WDC.

– Chaim unimpressed.

 

Rio Tinto doesn’t like new Zimbabwe legislation.

– Company head “positive” about Murowa.

 

Good local analysis of De Beers/Botswana situation.

 

More on De Beers/Nchindo/Botswana controversy.

– “Secret files.”

– Calls for commission of inquiry.

 

Mark Boston on younger generation of sightholders.

 

Fortunoff claims trademark infringement.

 

Funeral for murdered Manhattan jeweler.

Sketch of suspect and video.

– FBI gets involved

 

Florida jeweler: Bling is back.

 

Jewelers Closing:

Hyde Jewelers in Howard, Wisc.

O’Connell Jewelers in Maryland. (via)

 

Israeli pleads guilty to NY armed robbery.

 

Famous Wittelsbach diamond recut, to German “horror.”

– “Painting over a Rembrant”?

– A rare showing.

– Not related to Hope Diamond.

 

RJC comments on supply chain and product tracking.

 

Diamonds at Grammy Awards.

– Cynthia Sliwa lists “unexpected trends.”

 

De Beers delivers books to Canadian locals.

 

Media Watch:

New York Times on a diamond’s value.

 

From the Blog:

Is Zale Still Fixable?

What Should Be the Rules Regarding Cash for Gold?

Shane Reorganization Plan Pushed Back.

RJC Comments on Supply Chains and Product Tracking.

 

From JCK:

– My article on reaching out to socially conscious consumers.

Profile of Leon Finker.

 

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