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Coronavirus Updates: Impact on the Diamond Trade
The Covid-19 pandemic that has swept the globe has had a notable impact on the diamond industry, with new developments unfolding every day. Here, we present a one-stop, running news feed on industry events impacted...
Polished Markets Jun 02, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers sorting GSS
De Beers Offering Sight Goods Outside Botswana
De Beers will hold viewings of sight goods in locations other than Botswana, enabling customers to access the company’s rough amid travel restrictions.The miner will introduce the provision in “relevant diamond centers” for the upcoming...
Rough Markets Jun 02, 2020 Joshua Freedman
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Petra Mulls June Tender After Rough-Price Slump
Petra Diamonds is considering whether to hold a rough tender in June after a market slowdown prompted it to cancel its May sale.Prices fell 27% in March and April compared with February as the Covid-19 pandemic reduced business activity...
Mining May 31, 2020 Rapaport News
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Alrosa Allows Deferrals at Third Consecutive Sale
Alrosa has continued its policy of enabling customers to hold off buying its rough diamonds until later in the year, aiming to avoid flooding the market with goods.The flexibility will be in place at the upcoming June...
Rough Markets May 31, 2020 Rapaport News
Image: The Bharat Diamond Bourse in Mumbai. (Rapap
Israel Bourse Opens Redesigned Trading Hall
The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) has reopened its trading floor following a two-month nationwide lockdown due to the pandemic.The hall will operate under a new format to comply with government health-and-safety rules, the IDE...
Polished Markets May 25, 2020 Rapaport News
What Can the Pandemic Teach Us?
What Can the Pandemic Teach Us?
How we manage disruption and upheaval will always be a defining moment. And the lessons we learn during these challenging times will be vital to our future longevity. What we have experienced as an industry over the last several...
Polished Markets May 20, 2020 John Costello
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US Polished Imports Down 66% in March
US polished-diamond imports fell in March to their lowest level since December 2002 as the coronavirus hit global trading. The month saw the 12th consecutive year-on-year decline, according to Rapaport archives based on data from the...
Polished Markets May 19, 2020 Rapaport News
Michael Hill
Michael Hill Sees Record Online Sales
E-commerce sales at Michael Hill reached an all-time high in late April and early May as the Australia-based retailer responded to changing consumer attitudes amid the coronavirus pandemic.Digital revenues for the three weeks ending May...
Retail May 18, 2020 Rapaport News
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Israel Bourse Trading Floor to Reopen May 24
The trading floor at the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) will resume “regular activities” next week, bourse president Yoram Dvash announced in a Facebook post Sunday.From May 24, the hall will function under a new...
Polished Markets May 17, 2020 Rapaport News
Podcast: Is the Diamond Trade Prepared for Change?
Is the Diamond Trade Prepared for Change?
As diamond markets start to return, the Rapaport News team discusses prospects for the industry in the latest episode of the Rapaport Diamond Podcast. We discuss the extent to which things have fundamentally changed in the past...
Polished Markets May 14, 2020 Rapaport News
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Alrosa Sales Nearly Wiped Out in April
Alrosa’s diamond sales plummeted 95% to $15.6 million in April, the lowest on record, as customers deferred purchases until the market improves.Rough sales slumped 96% to $13.1 million, while polished revenues fell 17% to $2.4 million,...
Rough Markets May 12, 2020 Rapaport News
BlueRock
BlueRock Restarts South African Mine
BlueRock Diamonds has resumed operations at its Kareevlei deposit in South Africa after the government allowed the mining sector to reopen.The company expects to reach full capacity by the end of the month, it said Monday. However,...
Mining May 12, 2020 Rapaport News
Diamond in tweezers
Mumbai Trade Resumes with 10% of Workers
Indian authorities have allowed Mumbai’s diamond and jewelry companies to reopen partially on condition that they limit their workforces and follow social-distancing rules.Trade members may operate with up to 10% of their staff members in order...
Polished Markets May 12, 2020 Rapaport News
Rami Baron and Mashudu Lazarus Sithole
Young Diamantaires Moving Beyond Infancy
The Young Diamantaires group is planning to become a more structured organization, with regional chapters and an online networking platform for registered members, its founder told Rapaport News. The initiative of the World Federation of Diamond...
Polished Markets May 10, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Lucara
Lucara Hopeful of Second-Half Rebound
Lucara Diamond Corp. has indicated the market could improve in the second half of 2020 as lower rough supply and a recovery in Asia bode well for prices.“Though our near-term outlook on diamond prices remains uncertain,...
Mining May 10, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa Komsomolsky cut at Aikhal mine
Alrosa Pauses Production at Two Mines
Alrosa has suspended production at two of its less profitable mines, citing the heavy impact of the coronavirus on diamond demand. The company will also rethink its group output plan for 2020 at its board...
Mining May 05, 2020 Rapaport News
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Antwerp Trading Floors to Reopen May 11
Antwerp’s four diamond-trading halls will reopen next week as Belgium gradually relaxes its restrictions on movement and social interaction.The government permitted diamond companies to restart operations on Monday, though many employees will work from...
Polished Markets May 04, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers Donation
De Beers Donates to Women’s Support Groups
De Beers has contributed $200,000 to assist women’s shelters and support organizations in its diamond-producing countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.The money, which will be split evenly between Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa, will...
Mining Apr 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamond in Kimberlite
De Beers Offers 100% Deferrals at May Sight
De Beers is allowing rough-diamond customers to skip all purchases at next week’s sight, as shutdowns of manufacturing and retail markets have led to minimal demand.The sight will be the second consecutive sale at which the miner has allowed...
Rough Markets Apr 30, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Diamond manufacturing in Antwerp
Belgian Exports Slump as COVID-19 Hits US
Belgium’s polished-diamond exports dropped 51% to $513.7 million in March, reflecting the impact of the coronavirus on global shipments.Exports to the US fell 47% to $152.9 million, according to data from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, as the pandemic...
Polished Markets Apr 28, 2020 Rapaport News
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