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De Beers Enables 100% Deferrals at March Sight
De Beers is allowing sightholders unlimited deferrals at its upcoming rough-diamond sale as manufacturing closures have obliterated demand, market sources told Rapaport News.The rare step follows the shutdown of the Surat polishing industry this week...
Rough Markets Mar 26, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Kay Jewelers store Bethesda
Signet Closing All Stores in US, Canada
Signet Jewelers is shutting all its stores in North America due to the coronavirus, a company spokesperson confirmed with Rapaport News.The temporary closure goes into effect at the close of business on Sunday, the spokesperson said. It applies...
Retail Mar 22, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers Botswana
De Beers Sight Still On Despite Travel Ban
De Beers’ upcoming sight in Botswana will still take place despite the country’s ban on arrivals from the US, China, India and Belgium, the miner has confirmed.“While this is an extraordinary situation and COVID-19 has...
Rough Markets Mar 18, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamond in loupe
De Beers Sales Fall as Virus Impacts Sentiment
De Beers’ rough-diamond sales declined 28% year on year to $355 million in February as the coronavirus hit demand.Many sightholders took up the miner’s offer to delay buying goods destined for China, sources in the rough market told...
Rough Markets Mar 04, 2020 Joshua Freedman
DTC Botswana
De Beers Reveals Overhaul of Sight System
De Beers plans to split sightholders into three categories and offer each group a more bespoke selection of rough diamonds as part of changes to its sales system.Manufacturers, dealers and retailers will sign specific supply contracts designed...
Rough Markets Mar 01, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers sightholder examining rough
De Beers Lets Sightholders Defer Chinese Goods
De Beers has allowed clients to forgo buying certain rough diamonds at this week’s sight, as the coronavirus outbreak has raised concerns about a polished glut.The miner has let sightholders defer purchases of goods that produce...
Rough Markets Feb 26, 2020 Joshua Freedman
China customs officials
China’s Diamond Trade Weighs Virus Effect
Chinese retail is almost dead, the country’s bourses are quiet, and even importing rough goods has been fraught with obstacles. Diamond dealers expect a release of pent-up demand when the coronavirus goes away,...
Polished Markets Feb 25, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamonds De Beers
Virus Likely to Impact Demand at De Beers Sight
De Beers and its clients expect a slowdown in rough-diamond sales at the company's Botswana sight this week amid concerns about the coronavirus.“It’s fair to say there will be an impact on rough demand in the short term,” De Beers...
Rough Markets Feb 25, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Ellen Joncheere HRD Antwerp
HRD Antwerp Not for Sale (for Now)
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has postponed the sale of HRD Antwerp, and will instead embark on a turnaround strategy for the laboratory.“The [AWDC] board of directors and standing committee decided not to sell...
Polished Markets Feb 23, 2020 Joshua Freedman
HRD Antwerp Hatton Garden
Peter Meeus Bids Again for HRD Antwerp
Former HRD Antwerp chief Peter Meeus has made a second offer to buy the Belgian laboratory, after its owners rejected his initial proposal.“I’m going straight to the Hoveniersstraat 22 to [deposit] my new bid,” Meeus said...
Polished Markets Feb 19, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Gold Demand
Gold Demand Lifts Mood at India Jewelry Show
Exhibitors at IIJS Signature in Mumbai expressed confidence India’s wedding tradition and enduring love of gold would help the nation’s jewelry industry overcome its current difficulties.Economic uncertainty, high gold prices, tight regulation and...
Polished Markets Feb 17, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Star Rays factory Surat
Star Rays Outlines Plan to Be Carbon-Neutral
Star Rays revealed its intention to be the first Indian diamond company to become carbon-neutral, arguing that greener credentials will help attract consumers to the product.The Mumbai-based manufacturer aims to reduce travel, produce less plastic...
Manufacturing Feb 16, 2020 Joshua Freedman
India letters
GJEPC: Coronavirus May Lead to Payment Delays
India’s diamond industry has asked banks and the government for help with its credit difficulties, as the coronavirus crisis has left clients in China and Hong Kong unable to pay bills.The Gem and...
Rough Markets Feb 12, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Arosa IDWI
Alrosa Puts Lower-Value Mines on Hold
Alrosa has paused production at certain lower-value deposits as the diamond industry continues to face an inventory imbalance and external challenges, its CEO said.The Russian miner placed on care and maintenance select alluvial mines that...
Mining Feb 12, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Spreading the word
What Avocados Can Teach the Diamond Trade
When millennials tuck into their avocado toast, they probably don’t realize they’re going along with a successful marketing campaign that began decades ago. Sales and prices of the slippery green fruit have...
Marketing Feb 10, 2020 Joshua Freedman
AGD
Grib Diamonds Taps New Rough Source
Grib Diamonds has started buying rough in Angola, as a new company structure has enabled it to diversify beyond its one mine in Russia.The Antwerp-based company, which markets most of the Grib deposit’s diamonds, is looking to source goods...
Rough Markets Feb 09, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Alrosa Udichniy Mine
Alrosa Reveals Client List for 2020
Alrosa has named 58 companies that qualify for its long-term rough supply in 2020.The annual reshuffle saw the mining company remove Belgium-based Blue Gems and Russia’s EPL Diamond from the roster, while...
Rough Markets Feb 06, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Gucci Baselworld 2019
Gucci Pulls Out of Baselworld
Gucci has become the latest major brand to skip this year’s Baselworld show, citing the new timing of the event as its reason for staying away, according to the fair’s organizers.The dates of the 2020...
Retail Feb 04, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Hong Kong during coronavirus Jan 2020
Hong Kong Shows Postponed Due to Coronavirus
Organizers of two upcoming jewelry trade shows in Hong Kong have postponed the events as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond mainland China.The Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, which was due...
Polished Markets Feb 04, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers rough
De Beers Plans Overhaul of Supply Policy
De Beers plans to abandon its practice of using sightholders’ purchase history as the main factor in determining how it allocates rough supply, sources have told Rapaport News.The move, which would go into effect from 2021, would...
Rough Markets Jan 23, 2020 Joshua Freedman
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