Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup


One note: For a good deal of next week, I’ll be at Stuller. I will be speaking on the editor’s panel at their “retailer’s conference.” Should be interesting, and I hope to blog from there, depending on time and the Internet.


Also, in JCK alumni news, check out former JCK gem editor Gary Roskin’s new site here. Not to mention the blog from Carrie Soucy, of Luxury fame. Great work, guys!


And here’s the news …


Economists see consumer spending revival.

“Rethinking luxury.”

– Consumers still spending on bridal.


Birks and Mayors sales, profits down.


CEO resigns at Charles and Covard.


Zale announces top management changes.

– GLG: Zale “bleeding human capital.”


Finlay misses June payment.

– Odds of survival “not good.”

– GLG: What will the trade get?


Henry Dunay bankruptcy filing: Company for sale, Neiman Marcus blamed.


Jewelry doing ‘better’ at JC Penney.


Kay launches “transparent” gold exchange.


GIA adds “fluorescence” to diamond reports.


Seeking Alpha on Lazare Kaplan and Tiffany.


Bankruptcy warning for Dessau.


De Beers expects profit, sees recovery.

– Wants Namdeb to forgo royalties.

– Orapa may restart earlier than expected.

Renegotiates Canada deal.


Anglo American names new chairman.


Kimberley Process team criticizes Zimbabwe.

– Cecilia Gardner’s impressions.

– Army isn’t leaving diamond fields.


Botswana goes into recession.


Dubai opens “boiling facility.”


Bourses reelect presidents.


Jewelers Opening:
– Pandora in Naples.

– Tiffany (small format) in Seattle.

– Swarovski in New York.


Jacob the Jeweler forfeits $2 million.


Jack Heeger, former jewelry editor, dies.


New material harder than diamond.


Media Watch:

New York Times on the industry’s woes. 

The BBC on Antwerp’s woes.

Editorial in Gazette on Zimbabwe’s diamonds. Eesh.


From the Blog:

Rethinking Luxury.

Dunay in Court.

Report from Zimbabwe.


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