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HK show Sept 2019
Hong Kong Show Reflects Slow Chinese Demand
The timing of the September Hong Kong Jewellery & GemFair was unfortunate, coming amid a wave of anti-government demonstrations inthe city. But for many participants, the political tensions were masking thebigger issue: Chinese...
Polished Markets Sep 24, 2019 Joshua Freedman
JCK lab grown
JCK Lab-Grown Section Shows Rising Demand
At JCK Las Vegas, lab-grown-diamond exhibitors havemushroomed nearly as much as opinions about the stones themselves. Toaccommodate growing market needs, organizers debuted the Lab-Grown DiamondNeighborhood at the 2018 edition of the trade fair.“There may have...
Polished Markets Jul 10, 2019 Jennifer Heebner
Lucara
Botswana Proposes Lucara Investment
The government of Botswana is said to have expressedinterest in buying shares in Lucara Diamond Corp., the owner of the country’shigh-value Karowe diamond mine. “I have proposed…Lucara allow [the] government to invest inthe company,” President Mokgweetsi Masisi told...
Mining Jun 24, 2019 Rapaport News
Rapaport breakfast JCK Las Vegas 2019
Martin Rapaport at JCK: Watch the Full Speech
The diamond industry must invest in new products andethically sourced natural diamonds to boost profitability and counter thegrowth of synthetics, Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group, stressedat the annual Rapaport Breakfast in Las Vegas....
Polished Markets Jun 05, 2019 Rapaport News
Couture Awards
Jade Trau Wins Couture’s Best in Bridal
Designer Jade Lustig of Jade Trau won the top Couture prizefor her double-banded diamond engagement ring on Saturday in Las Vegas. The jeweler received the Best in Bridal accolade at theCouture Design Awards. Fifteen awards...
Polished Markets Jun 04, 2019 Rapaport News
Sands Expo
Video: Vegas Show Sees Light Traffic
The JCK Las Vegas show ended Monday, with participants notinga decline in buyer traffic and exhibitors at this year’s event. Sentiment amongdiamond suppliers was relatively weak, as buyers were conservative, and overalldealer trading...
Polished Markets Jun 04, 2019 Avi Krawitz
MR
RapNet Members Say ‘No’ to Synthetics
The RapNet community has voted overwhelmingly againstintroducing services for the lab-grown-diamond sector. Members voted by 79% to 21% against the trading platformlisting synthetics on the site. They also rejected a lab-grown pricelist, with 74%...
Mining Jun 03, 2019 Rapaport News
Swarovski 150
Swarovski Plans Move into Natural Diamonds
Swarovski, the Austrian jeweler famous for its cut-glass crystals, is preparing to launch its natural diamond operations, Nadja Swarovski, head of corporate communications and design services, said in a panel discussion at the JCK Las Vegas...
Polished Markets May 31, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Firestar
Nirav Modi Assets Set for Vegas Auction
A selection of jewelry and intellectual property belonging to Nirav Modi’s FirestarDiamond and Fantasy businesses will be up for auction at the JCK Las Vegas show. The sale will feature $3.5 million worth of Nirav Modi jewelry,...
Retail May 29, 2019 Rapaport News
RapNet to Vote On Synthetics
RapNet to Vote on Synthetics
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, May 22, 2019, Las Vegas … RapNet, the world’slargest diamond trading network with daily listings of over $7.4 billion, willbe voting on whether it should provide diamond listing and pricing services...
Polished Markets May 22, 2019 Rapaport
GIA M2M
First Chinese Retailer Joins GIA’s M2M
Chinese retailer Laelim Jewelry and Belgian manufacturer IGCGroup will collaborate to test the Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) M2Mtraceability program. Laelim is the first Chinese jeweler to participate in the project, it said last week. The...
Rough Markets Oct 21, 2018 Rapaport News
US Trade Data 150
US Polished Imports Rise in May
US polished-diamond imports increased 7% year on year in May, a peak month for the trade due to preparations for the annual Las Vegas shows in early June. Shipments were still lower than the same month in 2013,...
Polished Markets Jul 23, 2018 Rapaport News
Plump Club
Plumb Club Names New President
The Plumb Club, an alliance of suppliers to the jewelry,diamond and watch industries, has elected Michael Lerche of Goldstar Jewelleryas its president. Lerche (pictured) will succeed Jonathan Cohen of IB Goodman Company,who has stood down after...
Polished Markets Jul 18, 2018 Rapaport News
Podcast 7
Podcast: What Happened in Vegas
The Rapaport editorial team analyzes De Beers’ synthetics launch, Martin Rapaport’s criticism of the miner’s disclosure rules, and other surprises from the Las Vegas shows.Rapaport’s reporters, fresh from their visit to the shows,reflect...
Polished Markets Jul 02, 2018 Rapaport News
Rapaport Research Report June 2018 Cover
Innovate or Die: Why the Industry Is Lagging
In the heyday of “A Diamond Is Forever,” consumers responded strongly to slogans and instructive advertising. As social media has influenced a more interactive dialogue between businesses and their customers, that is no longer the case. Today, consumers respond...
Retail Jun 27, 2018 Avi Krawitz
JCK 150
JCK Las Vegas Gets New Show Head
Sarin Bachmann will run the JCK and Luxury trade fairs inLas Vegas from next year, succeeding Katie Dominesey, the events’ organizerssaid. Reed Jewelry Group has promoted Bachmann (pictured) toevent vice...
Polished Markets Jun 25, 2018 Rapaport News
JCK theft 150
Thieves Steal 20ct. Diamond at Vegas Show
Two men stole a 20-carat diamond from an exhibitor’s boothat the JCK Las Vegas trade show, the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) saidlast week. The men (pictured) were able to slide open an unlockeddisplay case...
Polished Markets Jun 11, 2018 Rapaport News
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KGK Group Acquires Stake in Unique Settings
India’s KGK Group has bought a stake in Unique Settings, theNew York-based retailer said last week. The two companies announced the partnership at the JCK LasVegas show, noting that Unique Settings’ just-in-time services...
Retail Jun 07, 2018 Rapaport News
Mike Joseph
Armenian Designer Secures Second Couture Prize
Designer Mike Saatji of Mike Joseph Jewellery won theCouture prize for high-end diamond jewelry on Sunday in Las Vegas — his second award in the competition to date. The Armenian-born jeweler received the Best inDiamonds Above...
Polished Markets Jun 04, 2018 Rapaport News
Podcast May 2018
Podcast: The State of Diamond Grading
Are grading labs fueling consumer confidence, or creatingcause for concern? That’s the question the Rapaport editorial teamexplores in this month’s Rapaport Diamond Podcast.We also interview Martin Rapaport, chairman ofthe Rapaport Group, who...
Polished Markets May 27, 2018 Rapaport News
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