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HK show Sept 2019
Hong Kong Show Reflects Slow Chinese Demand
Economic challenges in China have reduced the buying power of companies and consumers in the country, exhibitors noted at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. The timing of the September Hong Kong Jewellery &...
Polished Markets Sep 24, 2019 Joshua Freedman
AWDC
Belgium Diamond Trade Slows
Belgium’s diamond trade continued its decline in August, withrough and polished shipments slowing. Polished exports slumped 34%, reflectinglower volumes and a steep drop in the average price, according to data from theAntwerp World Diamond...
Polished Markets Sep 11, 2019 Rapaport News
HSBC
HSBC to Pay $330M in Antwerp Fraud Settlement
A Swiss unit of HSBC has agreed to pay a record EUR 294.4 million ($330 million) to settle fraud claims against its Belgian business, which mainly served members of the Antwerp diamond trade.In 2014, a Belgian judge...
Financial-Legal Aug 07, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Antwerp diamond processing AWDC
Belgium’s Rough Trade Hits Decade Low
Belgium’s rough-diamond trade fell in the first half to its lowest level since the financial crisis. Rough imports to the country declined 26% year on year to $4.36 billion during the six months ending June...
Polished Markets Jul 15, 2019 Rapaport News
ABN Amro branch Capelle aan den IJssel
ABN Amro Restricts Rough-Sector Lending
ABN Amro has scaled back its financing of rough-diamondpurchases, citing a lack of profitability in the manufacturing and tradingsectors.The Dutch bank, which mainly lends to rough dealers, will only offer credit without proof of onward sale...
Financial-Legal Jul 15, 2019 Joshua Freedman
AWDC
Belgium’s Rough Trade Slumps in May
Rough exports from Belgium dropped 37% year on year to $741.5million in May, reflecting continued weakness in the sector. Rough imports fell16%, according to data from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. The polishedtrade was more...
Mining Jun 26, 2019 Rapaport News
National Bank of Fujairah Antwerp launch April 201
Dubai’s NBF Enters Antwerp Lending Market
The National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) has launched arepresentative office in Antwerp as it looks to expand its business lending toestablished diamond traders. The Dubai-based bank targets wholesalers with secure sourcesof income and solid product...
Financial-Legal Apr 07, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Polished diamond
Antwerp’s Eurostar Enters Bankruptcy
Eurostar Diamond Traders, one of the biggest names in theAntwerp industry, has entered bankruptcy following a legal battle with itsbanks. The Antwerp Corporate Court ruled Thursday in favor of thatoutcome. Eurostar plans to appeal the decision,...
Financial-Legal Mar 28, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Diamond Fields
Diamond Fields Pink Sells for $17K/ct.
A pink diamond from Namibia’s offshore drilling programfetched $17,000 per carat at a tender in Antwerp. The 5.71-carat stone fetched $97,076 at the sale, the firstDiamond Fields Resources has held since resuming mining in 2018, it said...
Mining Mar 18, 2019 Rapaport News
Gem Diamonds 13.33ct pink diamond
Letšeng Pink Sells for Almost $9M
Gem Diamonds has announced the sale of a 13.33-carat pinkdiamond, discovered in February at its mine in Lesotho, for $8.8 million. The tender sale, which took place in Antwerp, represents a record per-caratprice of $656,933 for the company,...
Mining Mar 14, 2019 Rapaport News
A polished diamond under inspection
Eurostar Diamond Traders Close to Bankruptcy
Eurostar Diamond Traders could be forced to file for bankruptcy soon, aftera Belgian court rejected its reorganization plan.The large Antwerp-based manufacturer, which owes anestimated $500 million, is no longer considered a financially viable business after...
Financial-Legal Mar 12, 2019 Rapaport News
Antwerp credit AWDC
Belgium Trade Slows in January
Belgium’s shipments of rough and polished slid in Januaryamid a slowdown in the global industry. A 10% drop in the volume of polishedexports outweighed growth in the average price, with the total value down 4%for the month, according...
Polished Markets Feb 18, 2019 Rapaport News
BNP
Antwerp Vault Heist Leaves Clients in the Dark
Thieves have broken into a bank vault near Antwerp’s diamonddistrict, with some clients in the dark about whether their goods have beenstolen. Daring burglars entered the BNP Paribas Fortissecure area via a sewage...
Financial-Legal Feb 06, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Antwerp Diamond Bourse
Record Average Price Supports Belgium Trade
Belgium’s polished exports were flat in 2018 as a higheraverage price offset a drop in volume, according to data the Antwerp WorldDiamond Centre (AWDC) released recently. Weakness in the market for smallerstones prompted an increase in trading in larger diamonds,...
Polished Markets Feb 04, 2019 Rapaport News
Antwerp port
Belgium Prepares for ‘No-Deal’ Brexit
Belgium’s diamond industry has urged companies to preparefor the possibility of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) without a customsdeal.Trading between the EU and the UK will be subject to customschecks if the two parties fail to finalize an agreement...
Rough Markets Jan 21, 2019 Rapaport News
Lucapa 46ct pink
Lucapa Predicts Premium from Angola Reforms
Angola is set to host its first diamond sale under newrules designed to improve transparency and prices.Sodiam, a state-owned diamond-marketing company, will this month offerseven large stones from Lucapa Diamond Company’s Lulo mine, including...
Rough Markets Jan 14, 2019 Joshua Freedman
ICICI HQ
India’s ICICI Bank Exits Antwerp
India’s ICICI Bank will shut its branch in Antwerp onMarch 29, becoming the latest lender to quit the Belgian diamond market. The move followed a strategic review of ICICI’s businessoperations in the country, a spokesperson for...
Financial-Legal Jan 09, 2019 Rapaport News
Eurostar
Eurostar Enters Administration as Debts Mount
Eurostar Diamond Traders has entered restructuringproceedings in Belgium, having amassed substantial debts, according to the company’scourt-appointed administrator.The Antwerp-based diamond manufacturer owes morethan $500 million to creditors across its global operations, Alain Van den...
Financial-Legal Dec 25, 2018 Joshua Freedman
Antwerp
Higher Average Price Drives Belgium Exports
Belgium’s polished trade grew strongly inOctober, according to data from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. Exports rose 17% amid a higher average price and steady volumes,reflecting trading in higher-value diamonds. Export value was...
Rough Markets Nov 25, 2018 Rapaport News
Brexit
Brexit Could Halt UK Rough Trade
The UK will temporarily be unable to import and export roughdiamonds if the nation leaves the European Union without an exit deal, thegovernment has warned. The UK is currently a member of the Kimberley Process (KP) byvirtue of its being...
Rough Markets Oct 21, 2018 Rapaport News
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