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Chow Tai Fook Expanding China Store Count
Pandemic or not, Chow Tai Fook has no intention of slowing its expansion into China, with plans to open approximately 450 stores on the mainland during the current fiscal year, managing director Kent Wong told...
Retail Jun 29, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Lucara Podcast
Eira Thomas Confident Lucara Can Navigate Crisis
The diamond mining sector has been hard hit by the coronavirus crisis. There has been a significant drop in demand — when rough sales could even take place — forcing miners to reconsider their production programs...
Mining Jun 22, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Road to Recovery 150
Where Do We Go from Here?
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every part of the diamond supply chain. As markets reopen with the virus still lingering, there is a consensus that a new normal has been established, even as it continues to evolve. The...
Polished Markets Jun 21, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Podcast Banner episode 26
Podcast: Time for Subtle, Discreet Brand Marketing
As difficult as the Covid-19 lockdown period has been, Sally Morrison, director of public relations at De Beers’ consumer and brands division, sees opportunity for the diamond industry moving forward. In the first episode of the Rapaport...
Marketing Jun 01, 2020 Rapaport News
RRR Intro
A Time to Heal
The Covid-19 crisis is presenting an opportunity for the market to restart, refresh, and build on its experience of dealing with the diamond-trade slowdown of the past few years. In these unprecedented times, it would be foolish to make predictions...
Polished Markets May 27, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Staying Relevant in the Coronavirus Era
Staying Relevant in the Coronavirus Era
During lockdown, there comes a time when one simply doesn’t want to be told anymore that we’re in this together — “even though we may be apart.”While plunging further down that YouTube rabbit hole, as we all often have...
Marketing May 14, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Lightbox Oregon Plant
Lightbox Delays New Production Plant to 2021
Lightbox, De Beers’ lab-grown diamond jewelry brand, has delayed commissioning its new facility in Portland, Oregon, by a few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“The building itself and plant infrastructure [are] already complete, and we are...
Manufacturing May 07, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Rapaport Research Report April Cover
Rough Market Faces Its Toughest Year Yet
As the diamond market considers its options during the industry-wide lockdown, manufacturers in India are planning a freeze on rough imports. The move has precedent. Back in 2008, as financial markets collapsed, India imposed a one-month moratorium...
Rough Markets Apr 28, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Engagement ring proposal
An Opportunity to Strengthen Connections
A rough diamond changes hands at least five times before it reaches the cutting wheel, an industry veteran explained to my amazement when I first started writing about the market. A polished stone is traded even more often before...
Polished Markets Apr 07, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Ernie Blom
WFDB to Fund Get Diamonds Trading Platform
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has adopted Get Diamonds as its official trading platform, the organization’s president Ernie Blom told Rapaport News. The WFDB’s executive committee agreed in a Zoom meeting on Sunday...
Polished Markets Apr 06, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Diamond Grading
Sarine Ushers In Era of In-Factory Grading
Sarine Technologies has launched a new platform enabling manufacturers to tap its automated grading systems and issue a report in-house to support the needs of jewelers.The company this week introduced its eGrading innovation via a video...
Technology Mar 12, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Podcast: Big Data is Going Drive Rough Sales
Podcast: How Alrosa Is Using Data to Drive Sales
It may surprise many, but the diamond industry has emerged as quite tech-savvy in the past few years, says Alexey Tikhonov, Alrosa’s head of projects for strategy and analytics.Rapaport Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz spoke...
Rough Markets Mar 09, 2020 Rapaport News
Schachter Namdar
André Messika Invests in Namibia Factory
André Messika, a supplier of polished diamonds to the luxury jewelry market, has invested in a factory in Namibia, giving his company direct access to De Beers’ rough supply for the first time.The diamantaire has partnered with Schachter...
Manufacturing Feb 06, 2020 Avi Krawitz
The Next Diamond Decade
The Next Diamond Decade
It wasn’t that long ago that De Beers declared the 2010s “The Diamond Decade.” Growth in China and India was projected to drive demand, while the US would take small steps out of recession. This is what...
Polished Markets Dec 25, 2019 Avi Krawitz
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
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
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
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