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WD Opens Up Lab-Grown Patents to Distributors
WD Lab Grown Diamonds has entered into patent sublicensing agreements with two synthetics companies, enabling them to distribute chemical vapor deposition (CVD) stones in North America and beyond.The deals with Altr and Altr...
Financial-Legal Oct 25, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers Industry Services grading Surat
India Rushes to Meet US Holiday Demand
Indian diamond manufacturers are planning a curtailed Diwali break as they scramble to fulfill US holiday orders amid a shortage of polished.Factories will shut for five to 12 days instead of the usual two to three weeks, aiming to offset months...
Manufacturing Oct 22, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Podcast Oct 2020
Podcast: Cash, Credit and Covid-19
The coronavirus crisis has split US jewelers into haves and have-nots, Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) president Erich Jacobs told the Rapaport Diamond Podcast.Digital-savvy businesses have thrived while less advanced competitors — or those...
Financial-Legal Oct 20, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Diamond jewelry retail
Jewelry Trade Continues to Shrink
The US jewelry industry continued to downsize in the third quarter, with 101 companies leaving the business, according to new data from the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT).Nine firms went bankrupt, while 37 dropped out due...
Retail Oct 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa mine trucks
Alrosa Upbeat as Diamond Sentiment Improves
Alrosa gave a positive assessment of the diamond market ahead of the holidays after rough and polished trading picked up in the third quarter.The Russian company’s rough-diamond sales climbed to $552.9 million during the three months...
Mining Oct 18, 2020 Rapaport News
New York Times Square
US Diamond Trade Declines in August
US polished-diamond imports dropped 39% year on year to $821 million in August, reflecting lower volumes and price per carat, according to data from the Commerce Department. The decline was gentler than the 50% drop...
Polished Markets Oct 13, 2020 Rapaport News
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US Polished Imports Continue to Slide
US polished-diamond imports fell 50% to $806 million in July, according to data from the Commerce Department. The decline was steeper than June’s 34% drop. US Trade Data for July 2020 July 2020 Year-on-year change...
Polished Markets Sep 30, 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
GIA podcast Aug 2020
GIA on Covid-19, Automation and Synthetics
The Gemological Institute of America is pressing ahead with projects that may transform diamond grading, CEO Susan Jacques said in an exclusive interview on the Rapaport Diamond Podcast.Despite the pandemic, the institute announced a collaboration with...
Polished Markets Sep 10, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Sarine Tiffany
LVMH Scraps Tiffany Deal; Tiffany Sues
LVMH has abandoned its acquisition of Tiffany & Co., citing a trade dispute between the US and France and a disagreement over the timing of the deal.Tiffany has sued LVMH in response, claiming that the luxury...
Retail Sep 09, 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
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
Manhattan Brooklyn Bridge
US Imports Drop – but at Slower Rate
US polished-diamond imports fell again in June, but the rate of decline eased as the economy reopened following lockdowns. Shipments were down 34% to $822 million for the month, according to the Commerce Department, compared with...
Retail Aug 17, 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
Shelby Sterrett Fana
Jewelry Brand Fana Names Sales Specialists
Fana, a New York-based bridal and fine-jewelry brand, has appointed three senior staff members to shore up its sales operations and interactions with retail partners.Shelby Sterrett, who joined the company in February, will lead...
Retail Aug 13, 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
Watchmaker
Watch Exports to Hong Kong and US Still Weak
Swiss watch exports dropped heavily in June as continued slowdowns in Hong Kong and the US outweighed a recovery in China.Total shipments fell 35% year on year to CHF 1.13 billion ($1.21 billion), the fourth consecutive monthly decline,...
Watches Jul 21, 2020 Rapaport News
New York 47th Street.
US Import Slump Continues in May
US polished-diamond imports dropped heavily again in May, according to Commerce Department data, with Covid-19 shutting the global market and devastating demand. May is usually the strongest month for shipments as exhibitors send goods to the...
Polished Markets Jul 13, 2020 Rapaport News
Back in business
Jewelers See Positive Signs as Business Restarts
Times are hard for luxury in general, and jewelry in particular. In a recent survey by McKinsey & Company, jewelry was one of the luxury products consumers were most willing to forgo post-Covid-19, considering the financial crisis...
Retail Jul 02, 2020 Leah Meirovich
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