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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
Rough diamond
India Trade Delays Import Freeze to June 1
The Indian diamond trade has postponed its one-month freeze on rough imports until June 1 to give companies more time to complete outstanding shipments.The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and four other...
Rough Markets May 20, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Polished diamonds in hand
DPA to Rebrand, Abandon ‘Real Is Rare’
The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) has revealed plans for a radical overhaul that will see it change its name and drop the “Real Is Rare” tagline.Starting June 1, the marketing group will unveil a fresh...
Marketing May 19, 2020 Joshua Freedman
India Bharat Diamond Bourse
Exports Restart at India’s Bharat Diamond Bourse
Mumbai has dispatched its first diamond exports since India’s lockdown started, after the regional government allowed limited activities to resume at the city’s Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB).The first shipments took place on Tuesday,...
Polished Markets May 14, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Antwerp Diamond Bourse.
Antwerp Trade Suffers Its Worst Month Ever
Belgium’s diamond trade fell to its lowest level on record in April as US orders dried up and the shutdown of the aviation industry made transporting goods almost impossible.Total diamond shipments in and out of Belgium slumped 89% year...
Polished Markets May 13, 2020 Joshua Freedman
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
AWDC
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
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
Jewelry store
JBT Chief Predicts Rise in Bankruptcies
Earlier this month, the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) said it would issue two parallel ratings in its company credit reports to show the effect of COVID-19 on liquidity. In an April 6 interview with Rapaport News, Erich Jacobs,...
Financial-Legal Apr 20, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Closed sign
How Three Jewelers Are Coping During COVID-19
Can my company survive this crisis? How long will the shutdown last? Should I lay my workers off? Should I apply for government support? The coronavirus outbreak has left US jewelers with a string of questions. There...
Retail Apr 07, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamonds
Kimberley Process Plans to Digitize Its Certificates
The Kimberley Process (KP) is trialing the use of digital certificates for rough-diamond shipments, claiming the method will increase efficiency and reduce fraud.Russia, which is chairing the global certification scheme this year, will...
Financial-Legal Apr 05, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Alrosa rough diamonds
Alrosa Allows Clients to Defer All Purchases
Alrosa is allowing full flexibility at next week’s monthly rough-diamond sale, enabling long-term clients to delay purchases until later in the year due to the current weak market.“The spread of coronavirus and counter-pandemic measures implemented around...
Rough Markets Apr 02, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamond
De Beers Enables 100% Deferrals at March Sight
De Beers is allowing sightholders unlimited deferrals at its upcoming rough-diamond sale as manufacturing closures have obliterated demand, market sources told Rapaport News.The rare step follows the shutdown of the Surat polishing industry this week...
Rough Markets Mar 26, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Kay Jewelers store Bethesda
Signet Closing All Stores in US, Canada
Signet Jewelers is shutting all its stores in North America due to the coronavirus, a company spokesperson confirmed with Rapaport News.The temporary closure goes into effect at the close of business on Sunday, the spokesperson said. It applies...
Retail Mar 22, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers Botswana
De Beers Sight Still On Despite Travel Ban
De Beers’ upcoming sight in Botswana will still take place despite the country’s ban on arrivals from the US, China, India and Belgium, the miner has confirmed.“While this is an extraordinary situation and COVID-19 has...
Rough Markets Mar 18, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamond in loupe
De Beers Sales Fall as Virus Impacts Sentiment
De Beers’ rough-diamond sales declined 28% year on year to $355 million in February as the coronavirus hit demand.Many sightholders took up the miner’s offer to delay buying goods destined for China, sources in the rough market told...
Rough Markets Mar 04, 2020 Joshua Freedman
DTC Botswana
De Beers Reveals Overhaul of Sight System
De Beers plans to split sightholders into three categories and offer each group a more bespoke selection of rough diamonds as part of changes to its sales system.Manufacturers, dealers and retailers will sign specific supply contracts designed...
Rough Markets Mar 01, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers sightholder examining rough
De Beers Lets Sightholders Defer Chinese Goods
De Beers has allowed clients to forgo buying certain rough diamonds at this week’s sight, as the coronavirus outbreak has raised concerns about a polished glut.The miner has let sightholders defer purchases of goods that produce...
Rough Markets Feb 26, 2020 Joshua Freedman
China customs officials
China’s Diamond Trade Weighs Virus Effect
Chinese retail is almost dead, the country’s bourses are quiet, and even importing rough goods has been fraught with obstacles. Diamond dealers expect a release of pent-up demand when the coronavirus goes away,...
Polished Markets Feb 25, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamonds De Beers
Virus Likely to Impact Demand at De Beers Sight
De Beers and its clients expect a slowdown in rough-diamond sales at the company's Botswana sight this week amid concerns about the coronavirus.“It’s fair to say there will be an impact on rough demand in the short term,” De Beers...
Rough Markets Feb 25, 2020 Joshua Freedman
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