Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

I’m posting this early today, as I am shortly going to be in transit, working on a story for next week (sounds intriguing, huh). 

Also, if anyone is having problems with comments, please let me know at rbates -at- reedbusiness.com. That is also a good address for news tips, questions, and all the rest …

Here now the news ….

The stimulus and small business.

GIA has more layoffs.


Corporate layoffs at Zale, plus “restructuring.” (Last comment.)


Heck of a Job, NRDC!

– Fortunoff lays off 300.

– Gets sued. (second item.)

– Chain won’t accept gift cards.

– Auction postponed to Feb. 23.


Warren Buffett buys Tiffany bonds.


National Jeweler Valentine’s report.


Wal Mart fine jewelry head departs.


Blue Nile Q4 sales down 23%.

– Commentary: “Not a pretty picture.”
– Conference call transcript.

De Beers “borrows” $500 million.

DC off, Forevermark on.


Botswana sightholder “choked by debt.”

– De Beers, Botswana clash.

- Oppenheimer dragged into Nchindo trial.


Omega Diamonds suspected of money laundering.

Original report. (In Flemish.)


Will gem show leave Tucson?


Zale settles “Love Rocks” lawsuit.


Will Oscar dim the bling?

– Fashion week jewelry “too big.

– Jeweler: “I’m not scaling back.”


Shoppers deserting department stores?

– Are retailers becoming less snooty?


India: No diamond trade “relief.”

– Critics blast.

– Industry “takes break” in March.

– Fund for unemployed workers.


Thai gem industry seeks help.


Report: Lazare Kaplan, Alrosa in talks.


Colored diamond fund reports increase.


Jewelers Closing:

Hartman Jewelers in Virginia.

Justice Jewelers in Arkansas.


Alabama jeweler in bankruptcy.


Suspected diamond thief visits jewelers.

– Kansas jeweler robbed.


Chaim on the Kimberley Process.

– KP blasted over Zimbabwe.


Rio Tinto Diamonds gets new MD.


Pebble mine foes pressure Fred Meyer.


Dubai: “Spiraling down?”


Baubles still big in Kuwait.


Tanzania to allow Petra to buy stake.


President of Lunt Silversmiths dies.


Jewel salesman robbed at Starbucks.

– Was it “dog jewelry”?


Media Watch:

CNBC says big diamonds are hot.

WWD: Bridal market hangs in. (Subscription)

New York Times: Jeweler’s view of Valentine’s Day.

– Russell Simmons in Huffington Post mentions Diamond Empowerment Fund.

West Coast newspaper: CZs won’t fly.

Duke Chronicle writes up a De Beers speech …


From the Blog:
Buffett at Tiffany’s

De Beers Update: DC Off, Forevermark On.


Have a great weekend …

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