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Yoram Dvash
Trade Must Continue Transformation, Dvash Urges
The week of September 14 was as momentous as they come for Yoram Dvash. The 56-year-old head of the Israel Diamond Exchange was elected president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), having served as its interim...
Polished Markets Oct 26, 2020 Avi Krawitz
De Beers Diamond Jewellers Ring
Preparing for a Holiday Season Like No Other
Rapaport’s quarterly Diamond Trends Webinar outlined the key developments the trade should look out for during the holiday season and 2021.The webinar, presented last week by Rapaport Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz,...
Polished Markets Oct 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Audrey Hepburn
The Importance of Being Tiffany
There was a moment during the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony that made the jewelry world stop and gasp. Lady Gaga, who would later that evening collect the coveted Oscar for best...
Retail Oct 12, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Grading at De Beers Group Industry Services
In Search of a Plan at the World Diamond Congress
The Zoom meetings that constituted September’s World Diamond Congress lacked the event’s trademark pizzazz. The biennial conference, which combines the meetings of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International...
Polished Markets Oct 05, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Artisanal Miners Sierra Leone
A Crucial Moment for Artisanal Miners
The question of how to tackle the hardships facing informal diamond miners is as pressing today as it was when it first arose nearly 20 years ago.It was first touted as an issue that perhaps the Kimberley Process (KP) could...
Fair Trade Aug 10, 2020 Avi Krawitz
De Beers Office in Botswana
De Beers Turns to Tech as Layoffs Loom
De Beers is no stranger to changing strategy. Throughout its 130-plus-year history, the company has often adjusted its approach, sometimes with just a few tweaks, and on other occasions with radical consequences for the diamond market....
Rough Markets Aug 03, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Alrosa rough
Can the Diamond Industry Deal with Covid-19?
The coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on the diamond supply chain in the first half of 2020, with businesses unable to operate and demand slumping. As retail sales dropped, jewelers had enough inventory to satisfy demand....
Polished Markets Jul 27, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Petra Mines
Petra’s Tough Sales Pitch
The current plight of Petra Diamonds is a frustrating example of the impact Covid-19 has had on the diamond industry, highlighting the lack of readiness for such a downturn.As an important mid-tier diamond miner, the company has annual...
Mining Jul 16, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Chow Tai Fook Montage
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
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