Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Got some great comments last week on my “Rethinking Luxury” post … Check ‘em out ..

So How’s the Economy?

– The recession is over!

– Not yet, but soon.

– Immaculate recovery unlikely.

– “We’re still in trouble.”


Retail sales “best rise in five months.”

– But they “still stink.”


Jeweler sued in appraisal dispute. Interesting.


Reports from Stuller conference:

– Will “glass and brass” and RFID make jewelry shopping more fun?

– Cheryl K on Stuller’s new custom design device.


Jewelry chains rated on bankruptcy risk.

– Kenny G hails Peircing Pagoda.

– GLG: Still “bad acquisition.”

– GLG: Tiffany outlook “uncertain.”


Citibank analyst boosts Blue Nile stock.

– Bidz updates stock repurchase program.


“International Diamond Board” formed.

– Budget: $70 to $100 million a year?

– Chaim: It could be powerful.


Vybornov, Alrosa chief, resigns.

– Dispute with budget watchdog.

– The man speaks.


South African Club warns of fraudulent certificates.


Rio Tinto diamond production down 72%.


DDA Botswana in “brewing storm.” (at end of article.)


De Beers renegotiating loans.

– Sights “have tripled.”
– Institutes price hike, dealers say.

– Agrees to wage hike with union.


Xstrata to up Anglo offer.


SA govt. reviewing “Diamond Trader.”


Penny Preville sold.


Gitanjali acquires majority of Diamlink.

– Stock surges.


Zimbabwe relaunching diamond area crackdown?


Charles Taylor: “I’m innocent.”

Russia wants synthetic diamond factory.

Kim Kardashian promotes Botswana diamonds.

– Now fan of the industry.

Twitter feed.
– “Shining Light” winner receives prize.

JCK wins two Tabbie awards. Conrats Jen and Carrie!


The newest statement piece: A chain saying, “Oops.” It makes some kind of statement. Not sure what.  


Media Watch:

– Phoenix couple has dispute with Zale.

– FT: Mining industry “diamond in rough.”


From the Blog:

Stuller Blogging: Can “Glass and Brass” and RFID Make Shopping More Fun?

Retail Chains Rated on Bankruptcy Risk

De Beers: Sights Have Tripled


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