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Podcast: Oversupply, Tariffs and Silver Linings
As the trade returns from its summer vacations and starts to look toward the holiday season, the Rapaport editorial team outlines the industry’s prospects for the rest of the year. It’s volatile out...
Polished Markets Aug 22, 2019 Rapaport News
IIJS
Trade War Sparks Opportunity for Indian Jewelers
India’s diamond and jewelry trade is hoping to take market share from Chinese suppliers after the US government announced a hike on import duties from China. There’s a changing world order and India is well placed to capitalize...
Retail Aug 13, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Imports
How Trump’s Tariffs Could Affect the Trade
Long before the threat of tariffs on Chinese goods loomed large,brick-and-mortar retailers in the US were facing challenges. So far this year,US retailers have announced plans to shut down over 7,000 stores after almost6,000 closed in 2018,...
Financial-Legal Aug 11, 2019 Lara Ewen
HSBC
HSBC to Pay $330M in Antwerp Fraud Settlement
A Swiss unit of HSBC has agreed to pay a record EUR 294.4 million ($330 million) to settle fraud claims against its Belgian business, which mainly served members of the Antwerp diamond trade.In 2014, a Belgian judge...
Financial-Legal Aug 07, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Diamonds at Tenders
Let’s Set Our Sights on the Auctions
De Beers’ first-half earnings highlighted the many challenges facing the diamond trade. But beyond the sharp declines the mining company suffered, CEO Bruce Cleaver and chief financial officer Nimesh Patel were...
Rough Markets Aug 07, 2019 Avi Krawitz
De Beers
Diamond Trading Quiet Amid Tight Profits
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, August 6, 2019, Las Vegas … Diamond-market sentiment was weak in July due to tight profits and liquidity. The pressures facing cutters and dealers resulted from high rough supply at inflated prices...
Polished Markets Aug 06, 2019 Rapaport
Alrosa
Alrosa Nets Fish-Shaped Diamond
Alrosa’s knack for recovering unusually shaped diamonds hasscaled new heights with the discovery of a rough stone resembling a fish.“In the photo, you see a very rare specimen: a rough-diamondcrystal which pretends to be a fish,” the Russian...
Mining Aug 01, 2019 Rapaport News
Tongo
Newfield Secures Funds for Sierra Leone Mine
Newfield Resources will start construction at the Tongo mine in Sierra Leone in the coming weeks, after its board approved final funding for the project. The first diamond production from the mine is expected...
Mining Jul 30, 2019 Rapaport News
Dubai Tender
Dubai Upgrading Diamond-Tender Center
The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) will soon unveil its renovated center for rough and polished diamond tenders, the bourse reported Saturday. “The DDE is currently under renovation,” the exchange said. “Once...
Polished Markets Jul 29, 2019 Rapaport News
Firestone
Small-Stone Slump Hits Firestone Revenue
Firestone Diamonds saw a decline in sales during its fiscal fourth quarter due to a drop in demand for small, lower-value diamonds that make up the bulk of its supply. The company reported sales of $12.7 million for...
Mining Jul 29, 2019 Rapaport News
Shanghai
Israel, Shanghai Bourses Strengthen Cooperation
Members of the Israel and Shanghai diamond exchanges are set to sign a cooperation agreement during the inaugural Israel Diamond Week that opens in the Chinese city on Tuesday.The three-day event marks the first time...
Polished Markets Jul 15, 2019 Rapaport News
Forevermark
Forevermark Unveils New Bridal Campaign
Cue the sentimental music and emotive narration, Forevermark has launched a marketing campaign for its first bridal collection. The campaign, titled “I Take You, Until Forever,” aims to depict the ups and downs...
Retail Jul 11, 2019 Rapaport News
IIDGR
Will Gemologists Survive Automation?
Amid the tech boom that is shaping the diamond industry, a growing number of companies are challenging the grading laboratories, arguing that assessing the 4Cs should not be a subjective science.“Five to 10 years from now, diamond...
Technology Jul 10, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Gold
India Hikes Import Tax on Precious Metals
India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)has expressed disappointment with the nation’s latest Union Budget, adding that failure to reduce high duties on gold and diamonds will result in furtherjob losses.The council...
Financial-Legal Jul 07, 2019 Rapaport News
Trans Hex
Trans Hex Reveals Plan to Go Private
Trans Hex is considering a buyback program for minority shareholders ahead of its potential delisting from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).The South African miner stated an intention to repurchase its issued share capital for ZAR...
Mining Jul 07, 2019 Rapaport News
Alrosa rough
Stop Buying Rough
The prevailing panic surrounding the rise of lab-grown diamonds is overshadowing the bigger challenge facing the diamond market: There is no profit in the trade. This long-term challenge is reaching crisis levels, as manufacturers lack liquidity and...
Rough Markets Jul 03, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Diamond Cutting
Challenging Diamond Market Sees Further Declines
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, July 2, 2019, Las Vegas … Diamond market sentiment was weak in June due to sluggish demand and tightening manufacturing profits. Suppliers are reducing prices to raise liquidity, as they’re under pressure from...
Polished Markets Jul 02, 2019 Rapaport
Luk Fook
China Expansion Spurs Luk Fook Growth
Luk Fook’s revenue and profit grew in fiscal 2019, driven by an expansion of its network in mainland China.Overall revenue for the Hong Kong-based jewelry retailer rose by 9% to HKD 15.86 billion ($2.03 billion) in the year ending...
Retail Jul 01, 2019 Rapaport News
RJC
RJC Ready to Target Consumers
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is planning a strategy to help retailers assure consumers their jewelry has been ethically sourced and that they follow the required sustainability standards. The group, whose mandate is to set...
Polished Markets Jun 27, 2019 Avi Krawitz
De Beers Sorting
De Beers Cuts Prices as Rough Sales Slide
De Beers’ rough-diamond sales slumped to a 20-month low of $390 million in June amid weak sentiment in the manufacturing sector. Sightholders noted the price cuts De Beers implemented on certain categories were not enough to stimulate demand. “The...
Rough Markets Jun 25, 2019 Avi Krawitz
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