Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Short self-promotional note … Next week, I will be at the always-interesting American Gem Society Conclave in Seattle … And on Thursday, April 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM, I will be giving a talk, entitled “Diamond Update.” If I don’t know you, stop by and say hi …

Now the news …

 

Friedman’s looks to close stores.

“Failure to communicate.”

 

Gassman/Idex on Tiffany.

– Reuters on Tiffany’s Wall Street store.

– Tiffany produces Superbowl ring.

 

Zale names “chief stores officer.”

 

Finlay reports $10 million loss.

 

House of Taylor’s sales decline 99%. (!!!)

 

India “braced for shakeout.”

 

Behind Canada’s diamond smuggling bust.

 

De Beers (retail) opens in Dallas.

 

Wyndham: Rumors Varda’s leaving … I should note that there were apparently similar rumors about Gareth a few months back.

 

India foresees African rough imports.

 

De Beers mineworkers march.

 

Behold the diamond thong!  With the quote of the week: “It’s not scratchy or anything.” Good to know!

 

Media Watch:

Salon on “beneficiation.”  

FT gives diamond overview.

Instapundit on buying diamonds online.

Lehigh newspaper: Did “Blood Diamond” misrepresent Africa?

 

From the blog:

De Beers vs. Rio.

GIA Responds to Certifigate.

Friedman’s Failure to Communicate.

 

From JCK:
My story on Fair Trade diamonds.

 

Enjoy your weekend …

JCK News Director