No matter how positive their quarterly sales were, one common thread wound its way through retailers’ recently released financials: they’re treading lightly because they are not sure how consumers will behave in the coming months.

Women are familiar with all the guides and suggestions available on anything that has to do with their general appearance: from the most flattering bathing suit for their body shape to the best shade of shadow for their eye color to the most complementary cut for their face shape and hair type.

Recently, news surfaced that Mahair Borhanjoo, vice president of global sightholder sales for De Beers, has opted not to relocate when the company completes the move of its sales activities from London to Gaborone, Botswana this year.

I have done less reporting this year than I did last year on the Kimberley Process because news, as they taught me at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, is the new, the different, the unusual--the “man bites dog” aphorism.

He’s baaack.

On Saturday, July 13, I returned from a two-week whirlwind vacation to sad news: my grandmother, Anna E. (Rothart) Graff, had died.

“It reflects poorly on everyone,” one industry player told me this week in discussing (one of) the latest reports to emerge that cast the diamond industry in a bad light.

I often find myself in a circumstance difficult to describe with a single word. It’s not serendipity, exactly, but it goes something like this: there will be, for example, a country or person that I’ve never really much thought to and about which I know little. Then, all of the sudden, this certain country or person will come up multiple times in the span of a few days.

We are not yet a full week removed from the madness and, I’ll be honest, I am exhausted. I stayed up too late on Sunday (along with many other nights) then had to catch a 7 a.m. flight home Monday. I definitely had the feeling all day that I had woken up in Vegas.

“It’s funny what you find out about Oklahomans,” jeweler Tim Lewis told me on the phone last Thursday. “Tragedy happens. We get up, dust ourselves off, thank God and go on.”

By now, I am sure many of you have seen the episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares featuring Arizona restaurant Amy’s Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro.

We’ve published a few columns and articles this year on the growing importance of mobile commerce, also known as “m-commerce,” in today’s marketplace.

The longer I am in this industry, the more keenly aware I become of how much we can learn about world history through jewelry.

On March 27, I received a press release from a company called IIa Technologies about its opening of one of the world’s largest diamond growing facilities in the world in Singapore.

Last week, I had the chance to have a nice, long talk with industry veteran Neil Koppel, who is currently president and CEO of JewelNet.com Corp. and lab-grown diamond company Renaissance Diamonds.

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