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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 Oct 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds in Calgary offices De Beers
De Beers Notes Recovery Ahead of Holidays
De Beers’ sales and production rebounded in the third quarter as the impending holiday season revitalized the diamond market following months of slow sales.Rough sales totaled 6.6 million carats during the three months ending...
Mining Oct 22, 2020 Rapaport News
Podcast Oct 2020
Podcast: Cash, Credit and Covid-19
The coronavirus crisis has split US jewelers into haves and have-nots, Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) president Erich Jacobs told the Rapaport Diamond Podcast.Digital-savvy businesses have thrived while less advanced competitors — or those...
Financial-Legal Oct 20, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Chow Tai Fook store Chengdu China
China Resurgence Lifts Chow Tai Fook
Retail sales at Chow Tai Fook grew 2.6% year on year in the second fiscal quarter as a strong recovery in China outweighed continued weakness in Hong Kong.Sales rose 21% on the mainland while slumping 52% in Hong Kong...
Retail Oct 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamond De Beers
De Beers September Sales Soar 57%
De Beers has registered its highest sales total since January, as rough demand has improved ahead of the fourth-quarter holiday season.The company sold $467 million of rough during its September sales cycle, the eighth...
Polished Markets Oct 14, 2020 Rapaport News
TSL Malaysia story
Tse Sui Luen Expects Loss Amid Tourist Slowdown
Hong Kong-based jeweler Tse Sui Luen (TSL) expects to incur a net loss of at least HKD 40 million ($5.2 million) for the first fiscal half as the Covid-19 pandemic depressed the company’s sales.The loss for...
Polished Markets Oct 13, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp Diamond Bourse
Hong Kong Show Cancellation Hits Belgium Trade
Belgium’s polished shipments slumped last month as the cancellation of the September Hong Kong show and continued uncertainty around Covid-19 stalled the sector’s recovery.“Rough is performing really well; polished is still somewhat subdued,” a spokesperson...
Polished Markets Oct 12, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa
Alrosa Sees Continued Improvement in Sales
Alrosa’s sales rose for a second consecutive month in September as manufacturers returned to buying following a lengthy period of inactivity.Revenue from diamonds grew 30% year on year to $336 million, with rough sales up 28% to $328.2 million, the...
Rough Markets Oct 11, 2020 Rapaport News
Polished diamonds
India’s Asian Star Sees Sales Plunge
Sales and profit plummeted at Indian diamond manufacturer Asian Star in the first fiscal quarter as the coronavirus froze the company’s activities.Revenue slumped 80% year on year to INR 1.64 billion ($22.2 million) for the...
Manufacturing Sep 29, 2020 Rapaport News
Oded Mansori
HB Antwerp Aims to Shake Up Large-Stone Market
It’s not often a newcomer sweeps in to buy the largest diamond available on the market. Such deals are usually reserved for high-end jewelers such as Graff, Moussaieff, Harry Winston, or even large-scale retailers like Chow...
Manufacturing Sep 17, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Yoram Dvash
WFDB Elects Yoram Dvash as President
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has voted in Yoram Dvash as its president for a three-year term, the organization said Tuesday.Dvash, who holds the same position at the Israel Diamond Exchange, had been...
Polished Markets Sep 15, 2020 Rapaport News
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Tiffany Messed Up During Covid-19, LVMH Says
LVMH plans to countersue Tiffany & Co. after the companies’ $16 billion marriage turned sour, accusing the US jeweler of management errors during the coronavirus.“[Tiffany’s] first-half results and its perspectives for 2020 are...
Retail Sep 10, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp
Belgium Exports Rise as Demand Returns
Belgium’s polished-diamond exports grew for the first time in 16 months in August, as demand rose after a long period of inactivity.“There’s definitely demand and shortages in certain categories. People are buying again,” Karen Rentmeesters, senior communications...
Polished Markets Sep 09, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Gem Diamonds
Gem Diamonds Incurs First-Half Loss
Gem Diamonds fell into the red in the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus crisis froze the rough market and restricted the company’s sales.The net loss of $113,000 — compared with a $9.7 million profit...
Mining Sep 06, 2020 Rapaport News
Signet Kay Florida store shut during Covid-19
Signet Sales Better Than Expected
Signet Jewelers’ revenue and profit beat expectations in the second fiscal quarter as stores unlocked their doors and the retailer upgraded its digital capabilities.“Sales improved sequentially throughout the second quarter as we reopened stores...
Retail Sep 03, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers rough and polished
Rough-Market Momentum Set to Continue
The resurgence in rough-diamond trading will persist for another two months as manufacturers fill supply shortages and retail demand rises, dealers predicted.“There’s still a gap, because demand is there, and supply is very limited and...
Rough Markets Sep 03, 2020 Joshua Freedman
HK Sept 2019 show
Hong Kong Show to Go Virtual
The Hong Kong show usually scheduled for September will take place in an online-only format this year due to the coronavirus.Jewellery & Gem World Hong Kong, formerly the September Hong Kong Jewellery &...
Polished Markets Sep 01, 2020 Rapaport News
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Hong Kong Retail Continues to Slide in July
Sales of jewelry and other luxury items in Hong Kong plunged in July amid a continued lack of tourism and a resurgence in coronavirus cases.Revenue from jewelry, watches, clocks and other valuable gifts slid 54% year on year...
Retail Sep 01, 2020 Rapaport News
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Chow Sang Sang Turns Focus to China
Jeweler Chow Sang Sang will open more than 40 new stores in China by the end of the year, while closing a number of locations in Hong Kong.“Despite all the uncertainties brought on by the pandemic and geopolitical strife,...
Retail Aug 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Tiffany
Tiffany Sees Glimmer of Hope as Profit Slumps
Tiffany & Co. reported a sharp decline in profit in the second fiscal quarter but noted sales have returned to pre-pandemic levels in August. “Our global sales trends have strengthened in August, with preliminary month-to-date worldwide...
Retail Aug 27, 2020 Rapaport News
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