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Aleah Arundale
Lab-Grown Ban Splits Opinion on Facebook
An influential online community for jewelers has bannedsales of lab-grown diamonds, prompting fierce debate on social media. Jewelers Helping Jewelers (JHJ), a Facebook group with more than 16,000members, decreed Wednesday that no synthetics may be sold...
Technology May 30, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Gateway of India
India Cracks Down on Rough Shipments
India’s diamond trade is in a fight with authorities overstricter customs enforcement for rough that could have a “disastrous” impact on theindustry.Companies have recently been suspected of giving incorrect values for imports or exports of rough diamonds, a senior...
Financial-Legal May 26, 2019 Joshua Freedman
DTC Botswana sorting
De Beers Sales Slump 25% in May
De Beers’ sales fell to their lowest level in more than ayear and a half, as a slowdown in the Indian manufacturing sector hit roughdemand. Revenue dropped 25% to $415 million for the fourth salescycle of the year, which...
Rough Markets May 21, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Israel Diamond Exchange
Synthetics: Coming to a Bourse Near You?
The rise of lab-grown diamonds might finally be tricklingthrough to the historic heart of the trade: the diamond exchanges.It began last November, when Anoop Mehta, president ofMumbai’s Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), told Rapaport News...
Polished Markets May 14, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Renee Newman author
Do the 4Cs Still Make the Cut?
The “5Cs and 2Ts” isn’t as catchy as the usual formula, but it might be a better pricing method, according to the author of a diamond-trade guide that claims the 4Cs are no longer adequate.“One of the biggest misconceptions is that...
Polished Markets May 06, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Yellow diamond
US Looks to Tighten Jewelry-Origin Rules
The US government wants the jewelry industry to declare the origin of all materials in products, trade organizations learned this week.State Department officials met with industry representatives on Monday to brief them on the plans.The possible rules...
Financial-Legal Apr 18, 2019 Joshua Freedman
De Beers sight box
De Beers Reduces Sightholder Supply
De Beers sightholders are bracing for lower rough supplyfor the rest of 2019 as the miner reduces its production and fulfills itscommitments to support local manufacturing in Africa.The company expects production to drop as its Victor minein...
Rough Markets Apr 08, 2019 Joshua Freedman
National Bank of Fujairah Antwerp launch April 201
Dubai’s NBF Enters Antwerp Lending Market
The National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) has launched arepresentative office in Antwerp as it looks to expand its business lending toestablished diamond traders. The Dubai-based bank targets wholesalers with secure sourcesof income and solid product...
Financial-Legal Apr 07, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Jewelry store New York diamond district
US Trade Confident as Polished Imports Surge
Dealers expressed optimism for the US diamond marketafter polished imports rose last year to their highest level since 2014.Shipments to the country jumped 8% to $23.3 billion in2018, according to the US Census Bureau, despite more modest...
Polished Markets Apr 03, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Polished diamond
Antwerp’s Eurostar Enters Bankruptcy
Eurostar Diamond Traders, one of the biggest names in theAntwerp industry, has entered bankruptcy following a legal battle with itsbanks. The Antwerp Corporate Court ruled Thursday in favor of thatoutcome. Eurostar plans to appeal the decision,...
Financial-Legal Mar 28, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Baselworld
Trade Braces for Smaller, Cheaper Baselworld
Baselworld has reduced prices for diamond exhibitors by 10%to 15%, after rising costs had prompted companies to abandon the annual show. The move ensures its prices match those of the competing GemGenèvefair, a Baselworld...
Polished Markets Mar 20, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Tiffany thumbnail magazine
Tiffany Provides Glimpse into Future Store Design
With Tiffany & Co. refurbishing its flagship store on New York’s Fifth Avenue, there is a buzz of speculation on how the retailer plans to make the shop more interactive and appealing to millennials, as it has vowed to do....
Retail Mar 19, 2019 Joshua Freedman
DiamondDect5
What Makes a Good Synthetics Detector?
The massive project by the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) and Signet Jewelers to test and review 18 synthetic-diamond detectors has raised an important question: What should you look for in such a machine?Accuracy is, of course, a major...
Technology Mar 12, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Venetia
Weak Demand Weighs on De Beers Sales
De Beers’ sales fell for the second consecutive month, ashigh rough prices and slim midstream profits softened demand from buyers,sightholders reported. Sales of $490 million in February were 13% below ayear ago amid...
Rough Markets Mar 06, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Hong Kong March 2019 show
Oversupply an Issue at Hong Kong Show
Dealers at the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show expressedconcerns about sluggish polished demand and an oversupply of goods in the wholesalesegment.Inventory moved slowly despite busy traffic at the fair, which began this...
Polished Markets Feb 28, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Lightbox
De Beers: No Need to Flag Synthetics Treatments
De Beers claims it doesn’t need to disclose treatments to its lab-grown diamonds, placing itself at odds with many synthetics traders pushing for full transparency in the sector.The company’s synthetics brand, Lightbox, applies post-growth enhancements to its...
Retail Feb 26, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamond credit Shutterstock
Gübelin Testing Nano-Tracking for Diamonds
Gübelin Gem Lab is studying how it can place microscopiclabels on diamonds to track them through the supply chain. The Swiss institute launched its Emerald Paternity Test in2017, applying invisible nanoparticles to rough stones to enable...
Technology Feb 13, 2019 Joshua Freedman
GIA
GIA Sheds Light on De Beers’ Synthetics
Two white lab-grown diamonds from De Beers’ Lightbox brandhave G color and VS clarity, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) saidafter examining the stones. Lightbox doesn’t offer grading reports for its products, andhadn’t previously...
Polished Markets Feb 07, 2019 Joshua Freedman
BNP
Antwerp Vault Heist Leaves Clients in the Dark
Thieves have broken into a bank vault near Antwerp’s diamonddistrict, with some clients in the dark about whether their goods have beenstolen. Daring burglars entered the BNP Paribas Fortissecure area via a sewage...
Financial-Legal Feb 06, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Alrosa Nyurbinskaya open-pit mine
New Alrosa Client List Excludes Leviev Firm
Alrosa has stopped supplying rough diamonds to Lev Leviev’sLLD Diamonds through its contract-sales arrangement, as part of a reshuffle of the miner’s long-term client list.The tycoon’s Israel-based firm is one of “several” former customersthat have dropped off...
Rough Markets Jan 31, 2019 Joshua Freedman
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