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‘Naturalmark’ Aims to Defeat Undisclosed Synthetics
A new project to combat undisclosed synthetics has launched in India, offering retailers low-cost screening and inscription using a model based on gold hallmarking.Naturalmark will place tamper-proof seals on parcels of loose diamonds, as well as laser-inscribing finished jewelry,...
Retail Jan 03, 2021 Joshua Freedman
Lightbox rough lab-grown diamond
Major India Trade Body Adds Lab-Grown Membership
India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has introduced a new membership category for lab-grown diamond traders.GJEPC members can now opt to identify themselves as lab-grown diamond businesses, enabling others to know that...
Polished Markets Dec 27, 2020 Joshua Freedman
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India, Angola Eye Closer Trade Ties
Diamond-industry leaders in India and Angola are discussing ways of deepening their trade relations as the African country seeks export destinations for its expanding rough production.Representatives from both nations held a virtual meeting last...
Mining Dec 06, 2020 Rapaport News
Jewelry at store in Delhi, India
Diwali Sales Shine as ‘Bored’ Consumers Return
Jewelry sales in India beat expectations during the Diwali season amid a release of pent-up demand and strong consumer confidence about future gold prices.Revenues were on a par with last year, or better, as Indians returned to shopping...
Retail Nov 26, 2020 Joshua Freedman
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India Trade Lobbies for Lower Taxes
The Indian diamond industry has urged the government to cut taxes and lift red tape ahead of the country’s annual Union Budget, arguing that exports could double under the right conditions.The Gem...
Financial-Legal Nov 01, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers Industry Services grading Surat
India Rushes to Meet US Holiday Demand
Indian diamond manufacturers are planning a curtailed Diwali break as they scramble to fulfill US holiday orders amid a shortage of polished.Factories will shut for five to 12 days instead of the usual two to three weeks, aiming to offset months...
Manufacturing Oct 22, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamonds
India Allows Importers to Fix Errors on KP Certs
The Indian government has permitted rough-diamond importers to correct errors on Kimberley Process (KP) certificates, removing an obstacle that had been preventing the clearance of goods.The country’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade has empowered the...
Rough Markets Oct 01, 2020 Rapaport News
Bharat Diamond Bourse
India Trading Still Down, but Decline Eases
India’s polished-diamond exports fell 26% year on year to $1.22 billion in August, a gentler decline than in previous months, as overseas jewelry demand improved, the country’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) reported.“We have...
Polished Markets Sep 15, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamond
Indian E-Tax ‘Doesn’t Apply to Rough Sales’
Rough trading does not incur India’s new e-commerce tax, the country’s Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) confirmed after meeting with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.India introduced the equalization levy...
Financial-Legal Aug 27, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers Rough
India Calls for Inventory Caution
India’s major trade body has again urged members to avoid taking on unsellable diamond inventory, arguing that the industry’s recent improvement has been only partial.While polished demand is increasing and some categories are...
Rough Markets Aug 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Polished diamonds
India’s Decline Eases as Trade Resumes
India’s polished-diamond exports fell in July but at a gentler pace than in earlier months as the US, Europe and China returned to more normal business levels. Polished shipments out of the country dropped 39% after heavier...
Polished Markets Aug 25, 2020 Rapaport News
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India Creates Jewelry-Industry Task Force
India’s finance ministry has agreed to form a special group to help resolve issues affecting the country’s gem and jewelry industry.The task force will address various requests made by the trade, such as enabling direct...
Polished Markets Aug 20, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds
India Urges ‘Self-Discipline’ from Rough Buyers
Indian industry leaders have renewed their calls for limits on rough imports during the Covid-19 crisis, noting that diamond demand remains uncertain.The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and four...
Rough Markets Aug 02, 2020 Rapaport News
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India’s Polished Exports Fall Again
India’s diamond shipments continued to fall in June, albeit at a slower rate than in April and May as the coronavirus crisis eased in some of its export markets. Polished exports slumped 47% to $898 million for June, and...
Polished Markets Jul 28, 2020 Rapaport News
Polished diamonds.
India Extends Deadline for Duty-Free Reimports
The Indian government has granted diamond companies extra time to ship polished goods back to the country without incurring customs duty.At present, reimports are subject to the 7.5% levy once the diamonds have...
Polished Markets Jul 12, 2020 Rapaport News
Polished diamond
India Trade Calls for Lower Import Tax
India’s diamond sector has asked the government to reduce import duties for polished, arguing that a lower rate would boost the country’s position as a trading hub.The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)...
Polished Markets Jul 08, 2020 Rapaport News
Melee polished diamonds being graded and organised
India Extends Import Curbs as Surat Shuts Again
Indian trade bodies have recommended continued limits on rough-diamond imports in July, with a fresh weeklong shutdown of the Surat cutting sector adding to concerns about the market.The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)...
Polished Markets Jul 01, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Bharat Diamond Bourse
India Trade Slumps Amid Global Shutdown
India’s diamond shipments plummeted in May, according to data from the country’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), continuing the decline resulting from the coronavirus crisis.Rough imports and polished exports were...
Polished Markets Jun 23, 2020 Rapaport News
Surat
Virus Cases Shut Parts of Surat Cutting Units
Around eight diamond-cutting businesses in Surat have closed parts of their factories after a coronavirus outbreak.Authorities ordered the shutdowns after 20 to 23 workers tested positive for the virus, Colin Shah, chairman of the Gem & Jewellery...
Manufacturing Jun 16, 2020 Rapaport News
GJEPC
GJEPC Elects New Chairman
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has elected Colin Shah to succeed Pramod Agrawal as chairman.Shah, the organization’s former vice chairman, will serve a two-year term from 2020 to 2022, the GJEPC...
Polished Markets Jun 15, 2020 Rapaport News
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