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India Allows Importers to Fix Errors on KP Certs
The Indian government has permitted rough-diamond importers to correct errors on Kimberley Process (KP) certificates, removing an obstacle that had been preventing the clearance of goods.The country’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade has empowered the...
Rough Markets Oct 01, 2020 Rapaport News
Polished diamonds
India’s Asian Star Sees Sales Plunge
Sales and profit plummeted at Indian diamond manufacturer Asian Star in the first fiscal quarter as the coronavirus froze the company’s activities.Revenue slumped 80% year on year to INR 1.64 billion ($22.2 million) for the...
Manufacturing Sep 29, 2020 Rapaport News
Ana de Armas NDC
Bond Actress Revealed as New Face of Diamonds
The Natural Diamond Council (NDC) has unveiled actress Ana de Armas as the star of its first celebrity campaign, which will debut at next week’s Emmy Awards.De Armas recently received a Golden Globe nomination for...
Marketing Sep 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Bharat Diamond Bourse
India Trading Still Down, but Decline Eases
India’s polished-diamond exports fell 26% year on year to $1.22 billion in August, a gentler decline than in previous months, as overseas jewelry demand improved, the country’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) reported.“We have...
Polished Markets Sep 15, 2020 Rapaport News
Petra Diamonds Petra 424.89 carat and 209 carat
Petra Diamonds Adds 2% Levy for Indian Clients
Petra Diamonds will charge Indian customers an additional 2% to cover a new e-commerce tax that might apply to the miner’s rough sales.India introduced the equalization levy on April 1, taxing all overseas e-commerce operators’ sales of goods...
Rough Markets Aug 26, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers Rough
India Calls for Inventory Caution
India’s major trade body has again urged members to avoid taking on unsellable diamond inventory, arguing that the industry’s recent improvement has been only partial.While polished demand is increasing and some categories are...
Rough Markets Aug 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Polished diamonds
India’s Decline Eases as Trade Resumes
India’s polished-diamond exports fell in July but at a gentler pace than in earlier months as the US, Europe and China returned to more normal business levels. Polished shipments out of the country dropped 39% after heavier...
Polished Markets Aug 25, 2020 Rapaport News
Forevermark diamond ring
Diamonds High on Holiday Gift Lists
Consumers are showing strong interest in buying diamonds for their loved ones this holiday season, seeing a need to give something special following an uncertain year, according to a survey by De Beers.In the US, almost 60% of men...
Retail Aug 11, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds
India Urges ‘Self-Discipline’ from Rough Buyers
Indian industry leaders have renewed their calls for limits on rough imports during the Covid-19 crisis, noting that diamond demand remains uncertain.The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and four...
Rough Markets Aug 02, 2020 Rapaport News
Bharat Diamond Bourse.
India’s Polished Exports Fall Again
India’s diamond shipments continued to fall in June, albeit at a slower rate than in April and May as the coronavirus crisis eased in some of its export markets. Polished exports slumped 47% to $898 million for June, and...
Polished Markets Jul 28, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers.
Covid-19 Ravages De Beers Sales
De Beers’ sales and production nosedived in the second quarter as the coronavirus crushed diamond demand throughout the pipeline and forced shutdowns at several mines.“Demand for rough diamonds was significantly impacted by a combination of Covid-19 restrictions...
Mining Jul 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Polished diamonds.
India Extends Deadline for Duty-Free Reimports
The Indian government has granted diamond companies extra time to ship polished goods back to the country without incurring customs duty.At present, reimports are subject to the 7.5% levy once the diamonds have...
Polished Markets Jul 12, 2020 Rapaport News
A Titan store in Deoghar, Jharkhand.
Titan Sales Slump as Lockdown Hits India
Revenue at Titan Company dropped sharply in the past two months during India’s coronavirus lockdown, but the jewelry retailer noted encouraging signs as restrictions eased.Jewelry sales fell more than 80% year on year in May...
Retail Jul 09, 2020 Rapaport News
Polished diamond
India Trade Calls for Lower Import Tax
India’s diamond sector has asked the government to reduce import duties for polished, arguing that a lower rate would boost the country’s position as a trading hub.The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)...
Polished Markets Jul 08, 2020 Rapaport News
Surat
Surat Factories to Stay Shut Until July 14
Surat authorities have extended the shutdown of the Indian city’s diamond-manufacturing sector for another week after the number of coronavirus cases grew.While trading markets can reopen this Friday, cutting factories won’t be able...
Manufacturing Jul 07, 2020 Rapaport News
Melee polished diamonds being graded and organised
India Extends Import Curbs as Surat Shuts Again
Indian trade bodies have recommended continued limits on rough-diamond imports in July, with a fresh weeklong shutdown of the Surat cutting sector adding to concerns about the market.The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)...
Polished Markets Jul 01, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Bharat Diamond Bourse
India Trade Slumps Amid Global Shutdown
India’s diamond shipments plummeted in May, according to data from the country’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), continuing the decline resulting from the coronavirus crisis.Rough imports and polished exports were...
Polished Markets Jun 23, 2020 Rapaport News
Surat
Virus Cases Shut Parts of Surat Cutting Units
Around eight diamond-cutting businesses in Surat have closed parts of their factories after a coronavirus outbreak.Authorities ordered the shutdowns after 20 to 23 workers tested positive for the virus, Colin Shah, chairman of the Gem & Jewellery...
Manufacturing Jun 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Industry Mourns the Passing of Arunkumar Mehta
Industry Mourns Passing of Arunkumar Mehta
Arunkumar R. Mehta, a prominent leader of India’s diamond industry, passed away on June 14, 2020. He was 80 years old.Shri Mehta worked in the diamond trade for more than 60 years and is counted among the founding fathers...
Polished Markets Jun 15, 2020 Rapaport News
Rupees.
Indian Credit Down 18% Since Banking Scandal
Lending to India’s gem and jewelry industry fell 18% during the past two fiscal years as the 2018 Nirav Modi banking scandal continued to fuel caution among banks, according to credit agency CARE Ratings.Outstanding...
Financial-Legal Jun 07, 2020 Rapaport News
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