Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

Hope all who celebrate had a good holiday. Here is what happened when you were chowing down on matzoh …

– Gassman: Polished diamond prices rising.

– De Beers tells sightholders not to money launder. Good advice.

– Chaim: All 93 sightholders will be dropped. But not really. (For the record, he thinks 20 sightholders will really be dropped. We should start a betting pool.)

– Media Watch: Good Christian Science Monitor article on dangers to traveling salesmen.

– Quote of the Week: “Whatever your thoughts might be about a De Beers or a DTC that perhaps you feel you once knew, the DTC that you write about today is a very different business than it used to be.” Varda Shine in letter to Polished Prices. (More on all this here.)

Rising credit card fees problems for small retailers. (via NRF Smartbrief.)

Very funny and pertinent post from my colleague Jennifer on how jewelry falls behind other luxuries.

Exciting JCK articles on the impact of Blood Diamond:
The retail impact.
The trade tells its side.

– De Beers Diamond Jewellers to sell online.

– De Beers loses Canadian court case; must submit to environmental review for Gahcho Kué mine.

– Lil’ Jon doesn’t just have the world’s biggest diamond pendant, he also has a “bling’d out tequila bottle.” Doing our industry proud!

The latest (and hopefully last) post related to “Blood Diamond.”
Varda vs. Charles.

Have a great weekend ……………

JCK News Director