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Rough Slowdown Weighs on Asian Star
Sales and profit slumped at Indian diamond manufacturerAsian Star in the second fiscal quarter as weak rough demand prompted it to reduceits trading activities. The Mumbai-based company supplements its core cuttingbusiness by reselling rough through its...
Manufacturing Nov 18, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Polished diamonds
India Polished Exports Drop
India’s polished-diamond exports fell 15% to $1.95 billion inOctober, reflecting a 22% slide in the average price of shipments. Export volumerose 8% to 2.8 million carats, according to data from the Gem & JewelleryExport Promotion Council. The...
Polished Markets Nov 14, 2019 Rapaport News
Titan
Titan Revenue Drops as Gold Price Surges
Jewelry sales declined at Indian retailer TitanCompany after a hike in gold prices dampened consumer appetite. Revenue for the category dropped 2% year onyear in the second fiscal quarter ending September 30, Titan reported in arecent...
Retail Oct 23, 2019 Rapaport News
DEF
DEF Invests in Education on Three Continents
The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has grantedits largest-ever award, to be shared among nine beneficiaries across three continents.The $470,000 training and education grant,released early last week, is designed to support girls’ education,entrepreneurship and youth...
Financial-Legal Oct 15, 2019 Rapaport News
De Beers sightholder office 150
De Beers Sales Drop in Slow Rough Market
De Beers’ sales slumped to $295 million in September as the minercontinued to allow sightholders to refuse goods in the prevailing weakrough-diamond market. The company maintained firm prices and offered increasedflexibility to encourage lower purchases, thereby reducing the...
Rough Markets Oct 03, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Diamond Foundry polished stone
GJEPC Mulls Separate Lab-Grown Membership
India’s Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) isconsidering a new membership category for lab-grown-diamond traders in afurther attempt to keep better tabs on the trade. The organization requires companies to choose a productcategory — known as a “panel”...
Polished Markets Aug 29, 2019 Rapaport News
Podcast
Podcast: Oversupply, Tariffs and Silver Linings
As trade members return from their summer vacations, the Rapaport editorial team outlines the industry’s prospects for the rest of the year. It’s volatile out there with all the talk of recession, rumblings...
Polished Markets Aug 22, 2019 Rapaport News
Diamond in tweezers
India’s Polished Exports Hit Three-Year Low
India’s polished-diamond exports slid 13% in the first six monthsof the year, reaching their lowest level since a market slump in the secondhalf of 2015. The drop reflected a slowdown in the trading and manufacturingsectors, resulting...
Polished Markets Aug 04, 2019 Rapaport News
Lab-grown rough diamond
India Differentiates Synthetics Imports
India has introduced an import classification code solely for lab-grown rough diamonds, enabling the industry to keep better watch of syntheticsentering the country.The government has separated the Indian Trade Clarification(ITC) code for rough...
Financial-Legal Jul 14, 2019 Joshua Freedman
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
Asian Star Floating Lights 150
Asian Star Full-Year Profit Rises
Profit at Asian Star, a Mumbai-based diamond manufacturer, grew 6% to INR 1.16 billion ($16.7 million) in thepast fiscal year, as lowerexpenses compensated for a decline in sales.Revenue, including at subsidiaries, dropped7% to INR 39.13 billion ($524.6 million) for the...
Manufacturing May 27, 2019 Rapaport News
BDB
India’s Polished Trade Slows Further
India’s polished-diamond exports slid 18% to $1.64 billionin April, representing the sixth consecutive month of year-on-year decline.Lower volumes outweighed a rise in the average price. Rough imports also fell,reflecting slow demand since the start...
Polished Markets May 27, 2019 Rapaport News
PGI platinum and diamond engagement ring 150
Platinum Jewelry Sales Saw Strong 2018
Platinum-jewelry demand grew in India and the US in 2018, as younger consumers and male buyers responded strongly to marketing campaigns,Platinum Guild International (PGI) reported. US sales at PGI’s retail members grew 11% amid stronggrowth in the bridal...
Retail May 27, 2019 Rapaport News
Gateway of India
India Cracks Down on Rough Shipments
India’s diamond trade is in a fight with authorities overstricter customs enforcement for rough that could have a “disastrous” impact on theindustry.Companies have recently been suspected of giving incorrect values for imports or exports of rough diamonds, a senior...
Financial-Legal May 26, 2019 Joshua Freedman
India Data
India’s Polished Exports Fall in March
India’s polished exports dropped 8% year on year to $1.86 billion inMarch, reflecting continued weakness in the diamond market. Lower volumes outweighed a rise in the average price, according to data the Gem &Jewellery Export Promotion Council...
Polished Markets May 06, 2019 Rapaport News
DPA India
DPA Targets New Indian Parents
The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) will launch acampaign in India encouraging new parents to celebrate the birth of a child by purchasing a diamond. Based on the DPA’s consumer research, 39% of Indianconsumers consider the birth of a child to be an auspicious...
Retail May 05, 2019 Rapaport News
Mehul Choksi Gitanjali
Gitanjali Edges Toward Liquidation
Gitanjali Gems, whose chairman is a suspect in India’slargest bank fraud, is expected to go into liquidation, after its lendersrejected a recovery plan.Creditors voted by a 54% majority on March 28 not to extend Gitanjali’s “corporate-insolvency resolution process,” a six-month window during which...
Financial-Legal Apr 18, 2019 Rapaport News
Sierra Leone
Rapaport Proposes Sierra Leone Diamond Reform
RAPAPORT PRESSRELEASE, April 17, 2019, New York … The Rapaport Trade Mission to Sierra Leoneattracted a strong group of 29 international diamantaires and jewelers. Participants were from theUS, India, UAE, UK, Switzerland, Turkey, Canada, Spain, and...
Fair Trade Apr 17, 2019 Rapaport
Debswana Jwaneng
De Beers Sales Jump 10% in April
De Beers recorded its largest rough-diamond sale sincemid-2018 as demand was steady following a slow first quarter. Sales rose 10% year on year to $575 million in the thirdsales cycle of the year, including last week’s sight...
Rough Markets Apr 10, 2019 Rapaport News
Jewelry store New York diamond district
US Trade Confident as Polished Imports Surge
Dealers expressed optimism for the US diamond marketafter polished imports rose last year to their highest level since 2014.Shipments to the country jumped 8% to $23.3 billion in2018, according to the US Census Bureau, despite more modest...
Polished Markets Apr 03, 2019 Joshua Freedman
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