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Podcast: What’s in Store for the Holidays
With the holiday season well under way, the Rapaport Diamond Podcast debates different trends taking shape in the retail space. The discussion spans personalization, omnichannel, effective storytelling, being more open-minded, and...
Retail Dec 12, 2019 Rapaport News
ABN Amro
ABN Amro Tightens Diamond Lending Terms
ABN Amro will implement changes to its guidelines for lending to the diamond industry in 2020, reasoning that the trade has become more efficient and now requires less credit.The midstream’s reliance on working capital...
Rough Markets Dec 12, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Bruno Scarselli
Can Nanotechnology Save the Diamond Trade?
It’s not easy for a diamantaire to compete in the emerging diamond-traceability market, admits Bruno Scarselli, a New York-based supplier of fancy-color diamonds. As the likes of De Beers, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and others roll out...
Technology Dec 09, 2019 Avi Krawitz
GIA Dubai
GIA to Shut Down Dubai Branch
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will close its Dubai office by the end of the year, ending a decade-long presence in the city. The organization has offered education programs, including its Graduate Diamonds course...
Polished Markets Dec 04, 2019 Rapaport News
Press Release
Diamond Market More Optimistic
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, December 3, 2019, Las Vegas … Sentiment in the diamond industry improved amid rising expectations for the holiday season. A rallying stock market fueled optimism as the Dow average climbed 3% in November, and...
Polished Markets Dec 03, 2019 Rapaport
MR
Rapaport Sees Opportunity for Dealers Amid Turmoil
In 2100,the diamond industry will look vastly different from its current makeup, MartinRapaport assured diamantaires at the recent Antwerp Rough Diamond Days event. Mostnotably, it will be less influenced by the mining companies as demand dynamicsincreasingly...
Polished Markets Nov 26, 2019 Avi Krawitz
GIA Fluorescence Scale
The Curious Case of Fluorescence
The diamond industry has a complicated relationship with fluorescence.Historically, both the trade and consumers saw value in a diamond that fluoresced under ultraviolet light. The perception was that it added to the color of the diamond...
Polished Markets Nov 26, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Dubai Conference Lab Grown Panel
Synthetics vs. Natural: The Battle over Value
In a jam-packed program, the Dubai Diamond Conference set the stage well for its main bout: finally, a match-up between the lab-grown and mined diamond producers. At its core, the debate among panelists in the...
Polished Markets Nov 13, 2019 Avi Krawitz
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Podcast: Why Bridal’s Not Enough
The Rapaport Diamond Podcast interviewed Stephen Lussier, De Beers’ vice president, consumer and brands, after the company published its annual Diamond Insight Report.Lussier outlines the key takeaways from the report, titled...
Marketing Nov 07, 2019 Rapaport News
Alrosa rough
Diamond Market Improves as Holidays Approach
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, November5, 2019, Las Vegas … Diamond trading improved in late October after variousJewish, Indian and Chinese holidays. Dealers are focused on filling holidayorders as US jewelers prepare inventory for the season. Shortages...
Polished Markets Nov 05, 2019 Rapaport
De Beers bridal collection
De Beers Lowers Global Diamond-Jewelry Estimate
De Beers has restated its estimation of global diamond-jewelry sales following a new study valuing the diamond content in jewelry purchases since the 2008 recession. The group also revised its production data to reflect lower...
Retail Nov 04, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Avi Krawitz
Rapaport Webinar to Outline 4Q Prospects
The diamond industry has much riding on this holiday season, having endured tough market conditions in 2019. While the trade reduced inventory levels in the third quarter, a large quantity of less popular items remain...
Polished Markets Nov 04, 2019 Rapaport News
Dubai Conference Tech Panel
Diamond Manufacturers Must Brace for Automation
Imagine the following: A diamond-mining company operating with self-driving trucks loads its haul of ore to the processing plant, where rough diamonds are separated from waste and arranged in their rough forms into different...
Manufacturing Oct 31, 2019 Avi Krawitz
WFDB Presidents' Meeting Opening
WFDB Prepares Master Plan to Boost Relevance
There was a time, though not very recent, when a gathering of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) was graced by royalty and high-ranking politicians, recalled industry consultant Peter Meeus at the organization’s annual Presidents’...
Polished Markets Oct 07, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Diamond Trade with Loupe
Diamond Trade Cautious Ahead of Holiday Season
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, October 7, 2019, Las Vegas…Diamond market sentiment was weak in September after the Hong Kong show demonstrated a slowdown in Chinese demand.Buyers from mainland China are cautious. The US-China trade war,...
Polished Markets Oct 07, 2019 Rapaport
CAR President
CAR Announces Diamond-Buying Reforms
The Central African Republic (CAR) on Thursday unveiled a program to overhaul its diamond sector, with the goal of increasing its export revenue. Diamond buyers operating in the country must pledge to improve transparency and meet...
Rough Markets Oct 03, 2019 Rapaport News
Stephane Fischler
WDC Warns Against Smuggled CAR Diamonds
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has cautioned the trade to be vigilant when buying diamonds from the Central African Republic (CAR) since most of the country’s rough is being smuggled across its borders.The Kimberley...
Rough Markets Oct 02, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Constellation polished Sept 2019
313ct. Diamond Emerges as World’s Largest D-Color
Nemesis International on Thursday unveiled a 313-carat diamond that has been certified as the largest D-color polished stone in history. The emerald-shape, VVS-clarity diamond, known as Constellation 1, is one of eight stones that make up a collection manufactured from...
Polished Markets Sep 26, 2019 Avi Krawitz
HK Show
Hong Kong Fair Prioritizes Buyer Incentives
The organizers of the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair rejected the trade’s request for a discount, executives confirmed Wednesday.The Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA) had asked Informa Markets for...
Polished Markets Sep 18, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Hong Kong Show
Sentiment Cautious as Hong Kong Show Starts
Expectations were low among diamantaires as the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair opened Monday, with local unrest dampening prospects for attendance.Many companies have skipped the show for safety reasons,...
Mining Sep 16, 2019 Joshua Freedman
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