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Michael Hill
Challenging Retail Market Hits Michael Hill Sales
Revenue at Michael Hill fell in the last fiscal year amid a difficultretail environment and the company’s shift away from its previous discountingstrategy. Group revenue at the Australia-based jeweler fell 1% to AUD569.5 million ($386.2 million)...
Retail Aug 19, 2019 Rapaport News
Fake green rough diamond
GIA Exposes Rough Diamond’s Fake Green Color
Manufacturers coated a rough diamond with a green substanceto imitate a natural color, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) saidafter the stone turned up for grading at its Carlsbad laboratory. The presence of chromium oxide powder on the...
Rough Markets Aug 19, 2019 Rapaport News
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DPA Seeks to Eradicate Diamond Misconceptions
The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) has released a campaign that aims to challenge misconceptions about diamond mining inan effort to capture millennial consumers. “The goal is to convey some of the key facts and truthsabout natural...
Marketing Aug 19, 2019 Rapaport News
Ian Rowe DDI DP
Ian Rowe to Head Diamond Development Initiative
The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) has promoted IanRowe to executive director. He will replace Dorothée Gizenga, who will lead theorganization’s new Africa office. Rowe, who has served as deputy executive director of the DDIsince...
Rough Markets Aug 19, 2019 Rapaport News
Gem Diamonds
Slow Market Dents Gem Diamonds Results
Revenue at Gem Diamonds fell in the first half of the yearamid weakness in the market. Sales of rough diamonds from the Letšeng mine in Lesotho plunged 44% to $94.5 million by value, and dropped10% to 55,714 carats by volume,...
Mining Aug 18, 2019 Rapaport News
Sotheby's
Sotheby’s Expects $26M for Pink Diamond
A 10.64-carat pink diamond ring worth up to $25.5 million will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s Hong Kong sale. The fancy-vivid-purplish-pink center stone is internallyflawless, the auction house told Rapaport News Friday. Sotheby’s willoffer the...
Polished Markets Aug 18, 2019 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds
De Beers Lets Clients Reject 50% of Goods
De Beers will allow sightholders to refuse more rough diamonds than usual at thisweek’s sight, aiming to ease pressure on the market without reducing prices. Clients will be free to turn down 50% of available goods amid a slump...
Rough Markets Aug 18, 2019 Joshua Freedman
De Beers
Debswana Boss Albert Milton Dies
Albert Milton, managing director of De Beers’Botswana joint venture, has died, the company said Friday. Milton passed away early Friday morning after becomingunwell Thursday night in Johannesburg, where he was admitted to the hospital. “De...
Mining Aug 18, 2019 Rapaport News
Tiffany
Tiffany Launches Men’s Collection
Tiffany & Co. has launched its first comprehensive collection of men’sjewelry, breaking away from its traditional style by offering a more modern alternative. The move is part of the retailer’s plan to attract a wideraudience and appeal...
Retail Aug 18, 2019 Rapaport News
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Low expectations for Sep. Hong Kong show due to slowdownin Chinese demand and escalation of political protests. Trade war affectingconfidence. US jewelers likely to raise local manufacturing as 10% tariff ondiamond and jewelry imports from...
Polished Markets Aug 15, 2019 Rapaport News
India Arch
India: Cutters Shifting to Lower-Cost Goods
IIJS show sees slowdiamond trading, but steady gold inquiries ahead of festival and weddingseason. Jewelers waiting for gold-price stability before making orders.Polished production reduced by estimated 30%, with cutters shifting tolower-cost goods...
Research Aug 15, 2019 Rapaport News
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Research Aug 15, 2019 Rapaport
Stornoway
Stornoway Fears for Its Future
Stornoway Diamond Corporation has given a stern warningabout its ability to remain in business, after failing to find a buyer for the company. The miner had until July 15 to find an investor for its Renard operation as part...
Mining Aug 15, 2019 Rapaport News
Pandora
Pandora Launches Harry Potter Collection
Pandora and Warner Bros. will partner on a HarryPotter-inspired collection, featuring iconic characters and symbols from thefilms. The line will comprise 12 hand-finished products, includingcharms, pendants and a bracelet, designed by Francesco Terzo and FilippoFicarelli,...
Retail Aug 15, 2019 Rapaport News
Hong Kong airport protest
Trade Seeks Discount for Hong Kong Show
The Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA)is asking the organizers of the September show for a 25% discount for itsmembers, citing difficult market conditions due to the trade war and socialunrest in the city....
Polished Markets Aug 15, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Pandora
Pandora to Buy Back $75M of Inventory
Pandora is set to repurchase DKK 500 million ($74.7 million)of unsold jewelry from retailers that stock its products, the company said. The Danish jeweler believes this will reduce the quantity of goods its...
Retail Aug 14, 2019 Rapaport News
Mountain Province
Mountain Province Faces Nasdaq Delisting
Mountain Province has been given six months toraise its share price or it will no longer be eligible to list on the Nasdaqstock exchange, it said Tuesday. The Canada-based miner’s stock is currently valued at$0.97, below the minimum...
Mining Aug 14, 2019 Rapaport News
Tariffs
Tariffs on Chinese Jewelry to Begin September 1
Jewelry imported into the US from China will attract an extra levyof 10%, despite the Trump administration’s decision to postpone tariffs onother goods. While certain health-and-safety products are being removedfrom the prospective tariff...
Retail Aug 14, 2019 Rapaport News
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Phillips Makes Latest Hire from Bonhams
Phillips has hired Alexis Vourvoulis to help build up itsjewelry business in Los Angeles, a key target market for the company. “The move reflects the growth of the Phillips jewelrydepartment and the increasing importance of California...
Polished Markets Aug 14, 2019 Rapaport News
Alrosa purple diamond
Alrosa Offers 15ct. Purple-Pink Diamond
Alrosa is preparing to sell a rare, 14.83-carat pink laterthis year, as the Russian miner continues its efforts to build up itscolored-diamond business. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) graded theoval-shaped diamond as fancy vivid purple pink, with...
Polished Markets Aug 13, 2019 Rapaport News
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