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Oded Mansori
HB Antwerp Aims to Shake Up Large-Stone Market
It’s not often a newcomer sweeps in to buy the largest diamond available on the market. Such deals are usually reserved for high-end jewelers such as Graff, Moussaieff, Harry Winston, or even large-scale retailers like Chow...
Manufacturing Sep 17, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Yoram Dvash
WFDB Elects Yoram Dvash as President
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has voted in Yoram Dvash as its president for a three-year term, the organization said Tuesday.Dvash, who holds the same position at the Israel Diamond Exchange, had been...
Polished Markets Sep 15, 2020 Rapaport News
Coronavirus
Coronavirus Updates: Impact on the Diamond Trade
The Covid-19 pandemic that has swept the globe has had a notable impact on the diamond industry, with new developments unfolding every day. Here, we present a one-stop, running news feed on industry events impacted...
Polished Markets Sep 13, 2020 Rapaport News
TIffany store 150
Tiffany Messed Up During Covid-19, LVMH Says
LVMH plans to countersue Tiffany & Co. after the companies’ $16 billion marriage turned sour, accusing the US jeweler of management errors during the coronavirus.“[Tiffany’s] first-half results and its perspectives for 2020 are...
Retail Sep 10, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp
Belgium Exports Rise as Demand Returns
Belgium’s polished-diamond exports grew for the first time in 16 months in August, as demand rose after a long period of inactivity.“There’s definitely demand and shortages in certain categories. People are buying again,” Karen Rentmeesters, senior communications...
Polished Markets Sep 09, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Gem Diamonds
Gem Diamonds Incurs First-Half Loss
Gem Diamonds fell into the red in the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus crisis froze the rough market and restricted the company’s sales.The net loss of $113,000 — compared with a $9.7 million profit...
Mining Sep 06, 2020 Rapaport News
Signet Kay Florida store shut during Covid-19
Signet Sales Better Than Expected
Signet Jewelers’ revenue and profit beat expectations in the second fiscal quarter as stores unlocked their doors and the retailer upgraded its digital capabilities.“Sales improved sequentially throughout the second quarter as we reopened stores...
Retail Sep 03, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers rough and polished
Rough-Market Momentum Set to Continue
The resurgence in rough-diamond trading will persist for another two months as manufacturers fill supply shortages and retail demand rises, dealers predicted.“There’s still a gap, because demand is there, and supply is very limited and...
Rough Markets Sep 03, 2020 Joshua Freedman
HK Sept 2019 show
Hong Kong Show to Go Virtual
The Hong Kong show usually scheduled for September will take place in an online-only format this year due to the coronavirus.Jewellery & Gem World Hong Kong, formerly the September Hong Kong Jewellery &...
Polished Markets Sep 01, 2020 Rapaport News
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Hong Kong Retail Continues to Slide in July
Sales of jewelry and other luxury items in Hong Kong plunged in July amid a continued lack of tourism and a resurgence in coronavirus cases.Revenue from jewelry, watches, clocks and other valuable gifts slid 54% year on year...
Retail Sep 01, 2020 Rapaport News
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Chow Sang Sang Turns Focus to China
Jeweler Chow Sang Sang will open more than 40 new stores in China by the end of the year, while closing a number of locations in Hong Kong.“Despite all the uncertainties brought on by the pandemic and geopolitical strife,...
Retail Aug 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Tiffany
Tiffany Sees Glimmer of Hope as Profit Slumps
Tiffany & Co. reported a sharp decline in profit in the second fiscal quarter but noted sales have returned to pre-pandemic levels in August. “Our global sales trends have strengthened in August, with preliminary month-to-date worldwide...
Retail Aug 27, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamond
Indian E-Tax ‘Doesn’t Apply to Rough Sales’
Rough trading does not incur India’s new e-commerce tax, the country’s Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) confirmed after meeting with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.India introduced the equalization levy...
Financial-Legal Aug 27, 2020 Rapaport News
JCK Las Vegas 2019
How JCK Virtual Compared with the Real Deal
The first JCK Virtual show, which ran from August 11 to 14, was a chance to test a new exhibition model that, if successful, could help companies do business during the coronavirus era. The event was free...
Polished Markets Aug 24, 2020 Joshua Freedman
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Pandora Expects Market Weakness to Persist
Pandora believes the challenging market will continue through the end of 2020 amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases in key business locations.“[The second quarter of] 2020 will not be forgotten anytime soon,” said Pandora CEO...
Retail Aug 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Retail shopper
US Retail Sales Increase in July
US retail sales recorded their third consecutive rise in July, government data showed, as stores gradually resumed operations and devised ways of serving customers during the pandemic.Revenues of $536 billion for the month were 1.2%...
Retail Aug 16, 2020 Rapaport News
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Sarine Turns Profit Following Cutbacks
Sarine Technologies ended the first half of 2020 in the black as deep cost cuts offset the effects of Covid-19.The supplier of diamond-polishing equipment made a profit of $1.2 million for the period, compared with a loss of $2.8...
Manufacturing Aug 09, 2020 Rapaport News
Rich Shatz
Estate Jewelry Proves Robust During Covid-19
The estate-jewelry sector has fared well during the Covid-19 crisis as customers have continued to show interest in designer goods, dealer Rick Shatz told the Jewelry Connoisseur Podcast.Higher-end clients — on whom the pandemic has...
Retail Aug 06, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa rough sorting at Mirny.
Alrosa Nearing Inventory Deal with Govt.
Alrosa expects to finalize a sale of rough to Gokhran in the next two months, aiming to reduce its stockpiles while ensuring the diamond industry doesn’t receive a flood of goods.Gokhran — Russia’s state gem and precious-metal depository — would...
Rough Markets Aug 06, 2020 Joshua Freedman
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
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