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Coronavirus Updates: Impact on the Diamond Trade
The COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the globe has had a notable impact on the diamond industry, with new developments unfolding every day. Here, we present a one-stop, running news feed on industry events impacted...
Polished Markets Mar 26, 2020 Rapaport News
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Coronavirus brings unprecedented disruption to diamond industry as US retail, India manufacturing and South Africa mining shut down. $2 trillion stimulus will inject liquidity into US economy and relieve stress among small businesses. Signet Jewelers...
Polished Markets Mar 26, 2020 Rapaport News
India Diamond Week Launches 150
India: Trading Collapses Amid Virus Shutdown
Trading collapsed due to coronavirus shutdown in all key retail markets. Rising concerns about spread of COVID-19 within India. Surat polishing industry closed as the country enforces nationwide 21-day lockdown. Bharat Diamond Bourse in Mumbai...
Research Mar 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Zales store in Wesley Chapel, Florida
Strong Holiday Lifts Signet to 4Q Profit
Signet Jewelers returned to profit in the fourth fiscal quarter and recorded growth in same-store sales, as the company’s turnaround plan appeared to be working before the coronavirus crisis hit.The retailer reported net income of $187.1 million...
Retail Mar 26, 2020 Rapaport News
GIA report
GIA Reduces Services Across the World
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has closed most of its laboratories and educational centers due to the coronavirus.The laboratory at its headquarters in Carlsbad, California, has shut temporarily, as have grading facilities in Antwerp, Johannesburg, Mumbai,...
Polished Markets Mar 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa
Alrosa Launches Digital Tender for Large Rough
Alrosa has introduced a digital auction for its large rough diamonds in an effort to minimize disruption to its sales during coronavirus-related travel restrictions.The tender, which began Monday and runs through April 6, will take the...
Mining Mar 26, 2020 Rapaport News
WJA
Jewelry Groups Urge Govt. to Support Retailers
Three jewelry groups have joined the National Retail Federation (NRF) in its efforts to help small US retailers obtain financial aid from the government during the coronavirus shutdown.Jewelers of America (JA), the Jewelers Vigilance...
Retail Mar 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamond
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
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Rapaport Suspends Price List Until May 1
The Rapaport Group will not publish the Rapaport Price List until May 1, after putting the issue to a vote among members of its RapNet trading network. The latest edition from March 20 is the official...
Polished Markets Mar 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Petra Finsch mine
South Africa, Lesotho Mines Set for Shutdown
Petra Diamonds, Gem Diamonds, Firestone Diamonds and Lucapa Diamond Company are suspending operations at their mines in South Africa and Lesotho due to government measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.South Africa has introduced...
Mining Mar 25, 2020 Rapaport News
Gemfields
Gemfields Bounces Back into the Black
Gemfields recorded a profit in 2019 as the cancellation of a Zambian export duty bolstered the value of the company’s Kagem emerald mine.The miner earned $39.1 million for the year, compared with a loss of $60.4 million in 2018,...
Mining Mar 25, 2020 Rapaport News
IIJS Signature 2020
India Eases Trade’s Financial Burden
India’s government has approved concessions to ease the financial situation for diamond and jewelry businesses after the country went into lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.The finance ministry raised the minimum...
Financial-Legal Mar 25, 2020 Rapaport News
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Christie’s Delays NY, Geneva Jewelry Auctions
Christie’s has pushed back its New York and Geneva jewelry sales as the coronavirus spreads around the world.All three of the auction house’s spring Magnificent Jewels sales, which generally occur between April...
Polished Markets Mar 25, 2020 Rapaport News
Mountain Province
Mountain Province Loss Widens Amid Weak Pricing
Mountain Province’s losses intensified in 2019 as weaker anticipated diamond prices led to the devaluation of its Gahcho Kué mine.The miner posted a net loss of CAD 128.8 million ($89 million), compared with a loss of $14.1 million...
Mining Mar 24, 2020 Rapaport News
Stuller
More Jewelers Close Up Shop Due to COVID-19
A number of jewelers and manufacturers are shutting temporarily following government orders amid the coronavirus outbreak.Stuller has closed its Louisiana headquarters and suspended all on-site operations in accordance with Governor John Bel Edwards’s...
Retail Mar 24, 2020 Rapaport News
Michael Hill
Michael Hill to Close Remainder of Global Stores
Michael Hill will shut its stores in Australia and New Zealand for an indefinite period in response to the rapid spread of the coronavirus and a slowdown in its store traffic.“In Australia, the current ‘social distancing’ guidelines...
Retail Mar 24, 2020 Rapaport News
Surat
Surat Diamond Manufacturing Shuts Down
The entire polishing industry in Surat has shut until March 31 after Indian authorities introduced tight restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Activities stopped on Tuesday in line with a lockdown enforced by the Gujarat state government....
Polished Markets Mar 24, 2020 Rapaport News
Lucapa
Lucapa Nets First Funds from Graff Partnership
Lucapa Diamond Company has garnered $4 million in revenue from the first share of proceeds through its manufacturing partnership with Graff unit Safdico, it said Tuesday.Under the partnership, which Lucapa announced in January, Safdico has...
Mining Mar 24, 2020 Rapaport News
Signet
Signet to Avoid Giving Sales Guidance
Signet Jewelers will not issue a forecast for the first quarter of its 2021 fiscal year as it weighs the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on its retail operations.“Retailers are already experiencing the severe impact…of COVID-19...
Retail Mar 24, 2020 Rapaport News
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