Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Will be at the Plumb Club forum this weekend … Hope to see some of you there … 

Now the news …


Zale to close 105 stores.


Friedman’s can auction assets.

– “Tale from Friedman’s trenches.”


LVMH buying Tiffany?  

– Is Tiffany not upscale enough?

– First “mini-Tiffanys” set for LA. Past coverage.


Lord and Taylor dropping 47 Finlay counters. (You heard it here first!)


Chaim on “certifigate.”


Retail sales decline may slow.


Diamonds at the Oscars.

– Why these efforts are important.

– WWD: Leviev repossesses jewelry “during dinner.”  

– Diablo Cody rejects diamond shoes. Myspace post.


DDC retains term limits.


De Beers opens Hong Kong store.


Gitanjali USA gets new chairman.


Steinmetz factory opens in Botswana.


BIDZ.com financials. CEO now takes salary.


Diamonds spotlighted at war crime trial.

– Diamonds “too close” to African problems?

– Leona Lewis “stays away from diamonds because she cannot be sure of their provenance.”


Roger Clemens/jeweler “bashing” lawsuit.


Zimbabwe diamond production down 40%. Hell, meet handbasket.


New York diamond district stabbing. As Hedda notes: next time, call JBT!


Media Watch:
The Independent on “conflict diamonds.” Or: What happens when people get information from movies.

– I see a lot of anti-industry talk on the web; most of it is pretty one-sided. However, on this thread, after someone calls my comments “a load of crap,” someone named “Robo” (not me) does very well debating the cartel/blood diamond issues. Oh, Robo, whoever you may be, I salute you.


From the blog:

When Jewelers Bash Each Other.

LVMH and Tiffany. (Speculation Goes Wild!)

The DDC Keeps Term Limits.

Diamond Marketing and the Oscars.


Have a great weekend …

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