Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This blog is now one year old! Will have more to say on this (and perhaps some good news) next week …


Stuller lays off 45.


Lord and Taylor purchase of Fortunoff approved. (sub reqd, email me for copy)


Will moissanite maker be sold? Analysts think so.


Hong Kong show report.

– Alrosa holds polished auction.


Consumer confidence hits low.


Chaim: More on “Certifigate.”  My thoughts.


The Plumb Club Forum:

–  JCK: Panels (“Up at Night,” “Web 2.0”), Speeches (Cathy Fiora, Seth Godin), Idex, National Jeweler.

– Controversy over Rapaport price list. His response.


Gassman: Dissecting Birks and Mayors results.

Trends in anniversary jewelry.


Tiffany and the luxury slowdown.


South African attacks beneficiation “thwarters.”


Toronto gemologist faces smuggling charges.

– Viktor Bout arrested.


KP team exonerates Zimbabwe.

– Team accused of “misrepresentation.”


Report from Toronto diamond conference.


Deaths in Congo mining evictions.


More diamond tales from Taylor trial.


Blue Nile CEO gets raise.


Jacob the Jeweler presents in Dubai.


Leviev: “Competitiors” cause store demonstrations (near end.)

– Chain’s marketing director resigns.

– Diamantaires on Forbes billionaire list: Oppenheimer, Leviev, Steinmetz, Graff.


Media Watch:

The NY Sun on Tiffany’s stock.

– This Time article mentions “blood diamond” issues.

Martha Stewart mag features “eco-jewelry.”

– Canada’s “The Hour”: Engagement rings “tool of the devil.” (Warning: Frank language.)

Wall Street Journal reporter tries to sell jewelry.


From the Blog:
Viktor Bout: Was He a Diamond Smuggler?

Thoughts on GIA


Have a great weekend (and see some of you at the JA Show)…

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