Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

So it turns out ABC’s Diamonds movie, which I talked about last week, is in fact online… You can check it out here


And now the news …


JCK Show: My thoughts.

– Reports from Shanu, Idex.

– Interest on consignment?


ABC News: Engagement ring buyers trade down.


Sterling’s “encouraging” first quarter. Conference call said there was “no improvement” in the higher-end (Jared.)

– Sues over Jane Seymour line. (My article on the line.)

– Discrimination suit proceeds.


Diamond Industry Back in Gear?

– De Beers “ramps up” mining. (Reuters.)

– Russians ready to sell.

– WFDB seeing “some recovery.”

– Rio hopes “destocking” over.

– Australian miner: Prices going up.

– Harry Winston agrees. (But posts loss.)

– Idex: Even polished’s increasing!


SA Diamond Regulator dies in accident. Very sad to hear.

– WFDB mourns.

– Family shaken.


Vinod salutes Ian Smillie. Well said.
– … As does Global Witness.


Blood keeps “flowing” in Zimbabwe diamond areas.

– Four soldiers killed.


Botswana diamond industry gets $1.5 million loan.

– Diamonex mine to restart mining.


New diamond mine in Australia?


Kinross Gold: Why it’s entering diamond market.


De Beers exits Archangel.


De Beers holds Antwerp “town hall.”.

– Mark Boston: Meeting shows “respect.”


Diamonds could help poverty in South Africa.


Tiffany’s windows dis coral.


People on Finlay message board say bond coupon payment “reversed.”  Waiting for confirmation on that …


Blue Nile founder sells shares.


ABN Amro reports 1st Q loss.
– Does not want to be “foreign owned.”


Brooklyn jewelers nabbed in sales tax investigation.


Brad Pitt buys diamonds for daughter.


Spurned guy gives diamond away via Twitter.


Media Watch:

CNBC post on De Beers’ increased production.

Daily News columnist mentions “blood diamonds.”

North Carolina Jewelers Association answers questions.


From the Blogs:

Memo – Plus Interest?

JCK Show Report.

From JCK:
My article on Facebook.
My article on the Jane Seymour line.

Have a great weekend …


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