Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Hey, everyone. I’m trying something new, where I put relevant court documents, such as the Robbins Brothers creditor list and CFO declaration, up on docstoc.com (where they can be downloaded by you). It’s a free service, which is always nice, but the papers look kind of blurry to me when they’re posted (downloaded, they’re fine). I’d be interested in people’s feedback on the best way to do this … 

 

Also, this blog is now officially two years old today. Thank you all, as always, for reading and for participating.

 

Here’s the news …

 

Robbins Brothers goes chapter 11.

Release.

Creditor list.

CFO declaration.

– Who is Spence Diamonds?

– NY Times: What “next bankruptcy wave will bring.”

 

Collectors Universe exits jewelry business.

– GCAL to be repurchased.

– AGL seemingly shutting down.

 

Finlay may leave New York.

– Whose taking over leased counters?

– GLG: “A turning point?”

Latest 8K.

 

Saks tries to avoid bankruptcy.

 

Kohls keeps expanding And good for them!

 

Wal mart reports sales rise.

 

Jewelry author Penny Prodow dies

– Tributes from National Jeweler and Cindy Edelstein.

 

Rolex loses case against ebay.

 

Chaim: Is De Beers again “custodian?”

 Feb. sight report.

– Company pensioners “up in arms.”

– De Beers retail store sales up (in 08).

 

Analysts: Diamond sales “collapse.”

 

Lead ban worries jewelry manufacturers..

 

Is gold “the next bubble?”

 

Israel Institute launches “marketing initiative.”

 

DDC VP: Don’t leave the Club!

 

Canada starts diamond bourse.

 

Jewelers Opening:
Designer Tom Binn opens NY store.

 

Jewelers Closing:

Boxx Jewelers in Pasadena.

 

Donald Haack, Haack Diamonds, dies.

 

Zale stock goes below $1. (Look at the bright side: Zale is now about the same price as Citigroup.)

-CEO buys up shares.

– GLG: It’s “ignoring opportunities.”

 

Rio Tinto tenders rare blues.

 

4,000 jobs lost in Botswana.

– Elendale, Australian mine, cuts production.

Angolan govt: Industry “close to shutdown.”
– Angolan mine “not cutting back.”

 

LLD retrenches 77 workers.

 

Idex hooks up with DIB.

 

Luxury, Premiere now three day event.

 

Report: Indian factory owner beats polishers. Ugh.

 

PAC report on Zimbabwe diamonds. (PDF)

– Zimbabwe “strongman” linked to diamonds.

 

Croatian General convicted of diamond theft.

 

Alrosa expands cooperation with Armenia.

 

Gossip corner: Graff’s “mystery” divorce.  

 

Jewelers of America gets new COO.

 

Bidz to auction Versace tiara.

 

Legal fight over giant emerald.

 

J Lo doesn’t return loaned jewelry.  Bad J Lo!

 

Paris Hilton’s diamond dashboard.

 

Woman swallows diamond in milkshake. That’s quite an x-ray.

– Couple on the Today show. (Video)

 

They still make stuff like diamond-covered Iphones.

 

Media Watch:

The Chicago Tribune on trading in gold jewelry.

Newsday, Salon and Business Week have Fortunoff eulogies.

 

From the Blog

Who is Spence Diamonds?

Who’s Filling in For Finlay

AGL Shutting Down, GCAL to be Reacquired.

 

From JCK

My story on catering to frugal consumers.

 

Have a great weekend …

JCK News Director