Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

There was some decent retail news this week, although I am not sure if the jewelry business has woken up yet …Still, good to hear …

And now the news:

US retail sales jump.
- Will tax rebates help? (Mine hasn’t come yet.)
– Some female shoppers “recession proof.”

Jewelry Television sued again.

Jeff Pfeffer leaves HSBC.

Gassman upbeat about Finlay and Tiffany.

Chaim says South African plan harmful.

– Canadian criticizes African “beneficiation.”


De Beers Marketing  becomes Forevermark.


Lead found in “Hannah Montana” jewelry.


Shirley Bridge dies.


Diamond futures market? “Not now.”  

Are we reliving the 1970s?


Eesh. Another violent robbery in Houston.
– But good news: Crime gang arrested.

– Asian salespeople targeted in California.

– Superbowl rings stolen.


NGOs: Axe Venezuela from Kimberley.


Diamonds reveal geographic clues.


Diamond dealers arrested in Zimbabwe..


Onassis diamonds fetch $14 million.


Gareth Penny addresses Council of Foreign Relations. By the way, De Beers, I like the web site redesign


Media Watch

Telegraph on Rapaport’s diamond futures.

Herald Tribune: Super-rich still buying jewelry on Bond Street.

Business Week (video) on buying diamonds online. Some interesting material in there.

Blackvoices on engagement rings.

Consumerist: De Beers still in running for “worst company” honors. (But at press time was losing to Exxon.)

Gawker compares Russell Simmons jewelry to Jacob the Jeweler’s.

From the Blog:

BHP’s New Sales Process

Are We Seeing A Rerun of the 1970s?


Enjoy your weekend …

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