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 …

JCK News Director