Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup (After the Madness Edition)

Is everyone as worn out as I am? 

Vegas reports: 
Solitaire, Idex, Rapaport, myself.
– Russell Simmons keynote.
– Speeches: Hasenfeld, Janowski, JA panel.

 

Signet 1Q: US comp sales down 4.7%.

 

Tiffany 1Q: US comp sales flat.

– Chairman, CEO exercise options.

 

Finlay 1Q: comp sales down 4.5%.

– S&P lowers bond rating.

– Jewelry chains “in decline”

 

Hearts on Fire goes retail.

 

Jewelry Television sued over disclosure.

 

Harry Winston 1Q: Sales up 10%.

– Wintson wants more mines.

 

Taxes for online shoppers? (mentions Blue Nile.)

 

DTC sight report.

– Mark Boston on the new sales director and “Unintended Consequences”

 

“Positive” first report on beneficiation.

 

Birks and Mayors markets Botswana brand.

– Botswana hails Forevermark.

 

Chaim again raps GIA.

– Relevant court documents here and here. Full listing here.

 

Israeli trader arrested.

 

Inflation spoiling emerging markets.

 

South Africans now industry leaders.

 

Mining News:

– De Beers gets new mine going.

 - Petra gets Cullinan green light.

– Stornoway stock woes.

 

Reed Business rumors flying fast.

 

Diamond dealers called “generous”! Surprising, huh? Except it’s by .. well, you’ll see

 

Media Watch:

Reuters on diamond demand.

Todayshow.com on ethical jewelry. Someone should tell people there the war in Sierra Leone is over.

Business Week on Blue Nile.

Bloomberg talks with Botswana’s foreign minister.

 

From the Blog:

Interview with Bidz.com CEO.

Notes from Vegas.

Can Botswana’s Diamonds be a Brand?

 

From JCK:
Alexander Hasenfeld profile.

Israeli Rough Conference Report.

Russell Simmons interview.

 

Have a great Vegas recovery weekend …

JCK News Director