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Chaim Pluczenik
Chaim Pluczenik Becomes AWDC President
The board of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has elected Chaim Pluczenik as president, a spokesperson for the trade organization said Monday.Pluczenik, owner of Antwerp-based dealer Pluczenik Diamond Company, replaces Nishit Parikh, who...
Polished Markets Oct 19, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp Diamond Bourse
Hong Kong Show Cancellation Hits Belgium Trade
Belgium’s polished shipments slumped last month as the cancellation of the September Hong Kong show and continued uncertainty around Covid-19 stalled the sector’s recovery.“Rough is performing really well; polished is still somewhat subdued,” a spokesperson...
Polished Markets Oct 12, 2020 Rapaport News
Nishit Parikh
Nishit Parikh Stepping Down as AWDC President
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has reshuffled its leadership team, with president Nishit Parikh retiring and six new members joining the board.Parikh, the CEO of Diarough, chose not to run again...
Polished Markets Oct 01, 2020 Rapaport News
Akil Zubir Alrosa
Alrosa Names New Belgium Chief
Alrosa has appointed Akil Zubir as managing director of its Belgium office, the miner said Thursday. He will succeed Sergey Panchekhin, who has worked for the company for more than 20 years and plans...
Mining Sep 21, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp
Belgium Exports Rise as Demand Returns
Belgium’s polished-diamond exports grew for the first time in 16 months in August, as demand rose after a long period of inactivity.“There’s definitely demand and shortages in certain categories. People are buying again,” Karen Rentmeesters, senior communications...
Polished Markets Sep 09, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Antwerp
Belgium Sees Trading Slump Ease
Belgium’s diamond shipments continued to fall in July, but the rate of decline slowed as markets reopened following coronavirus shutdowns. The country’s polished exports dropped 35% year on year for the month, compared with a 44%...
Polished Markets Aug 30, 2020 Rapaport News
GIA dossiers
GIA Considers Shutting Antwerp Lab
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) plans to close or heavily scale back its Antwerp operations following a review of its business in the Belgian city.“Based on global and local market conditions and activity, and the impact...
Polished Markets Aug 30, 2020 Rapaport News
ABN Amro branch in Terneuzen, The Netherlands
ABN Amro to Cease Hong Kong Diamond Lending
Dutch bank ABN Amro will close its Hong Kong diamond business in a major trimming of its global operations.The company is shutting the branch from which it lends to the local polished market, as part of a retreat from...
Financial-Legal Aug 13, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Antwerp Diamond Bourse trading floor.
Antwerp Trading Halls Shut for Second Time
The Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses has closed all four of Antwerp’s trading floors following a spike in coronavirus cases in the city.The national government tightened social-distancing rules on Monday to prevent a repeat of the full lockdown it instituted...
Polished Markets Jul 28, 2020 Joshua Freedman
The Diamond Office in Antwerp
Belgium’s Diamond Shipments Drop Further
Belgium’s diamond trade slowed in June, with polished exports down 44% year on year to $469 million, according to data from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC). However, the rate of decline eased following heavier...
Polished Markets Jul 05, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa rough diamonds
Buyers Snub De Beers and Alrosa over High Prices
De Beers and Alrosa continued to see rock-bottom sales in June as buyers rejected the miners’ high rough prices in favor of cheaper goods from smaller suppliers.“[The major miners] want to hold on to prices, so people don’t see any...
Rough Markets Jun 29, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Antwerp Port House
Slowdown in Belgian Shipments Eases
Belgium’s diamond trade continued to decline in May, but at a gentler pace that in the previous month as global markets gradually reopened. Total imports and exports of rough and polished stones fell 81% year on year, compared...
Polished Markets Jun 25, 2020 Rapaport News
Gem Diamonds Letseng
Gem Diamonds Notes Solid Rough Demand
Gem Diamonds reported a rise in the average selling price for the first half of 2020, noting that appetite for its goods had improved at a recent tender in Antwerp.“The results of the latest tender for Letšeng’s...
Rough Markets Jun 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp Diamond Bourse.
Antwerp Trade Suffers Its Worst Month Ever
Belgium’s diamond trade fell to its lowest level on record in April as US orders dried up and the shutdown of the aviation industry made transporting goods almost impossible.Total diamond shipments in and out of Belgium slumped 89% year...
Polished Markets May 13, 2020 Joshua Freedman
AWDC
Antwerp Trading Floors to Reopen May 11
Antwerp’s four diamond-trading halls will reopen next week as Belgium gradually relaxes its restrictions on movement and social interaction.The government permitted diamond companies to restart operations on Monday, though many employees will work from...
Polished Markets May 04, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Namdeb employee sorting through rough diamonds.
De Beers Cancels March-April Sight
De Beers has called off this week’s sight in Botswana, citing restrictions resulting from measures to contain the coronavirus.Lockdowns in Botswana, South Africa and India are prohibiting sightholders from traveling and preventing the shipment...
Rough Markets Mar 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp port house
Belgian Banks Postpone Loan Repayments
Belgium has introduced emergency financial concessions to help companies survive the current downturn, offering businesses extra time to repay loans and meet tax obligations.The government and banks have agreed to postpone repayments of existing...
Financial-Legal Mar 30, 2020 Rapaport News
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
Polished diamond
Belgium, Israel to Hold Online Diamond Fair
Belgian and Israeli industry organizations are jointly organizing a virtual trade show to compensate for the cancellation of major exhibitions around the world.The Online Diamond Trade Fair will run from March 30 to April 3, the...
Polished Markets Mar 18, 2020 Rapaport News
AWDC building Antwerp
Belgium, Israel Shut Diamond Trading Halls
All diamond trading halls in Belgium and Israel are closing until further notice as the countries attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus.Antwerp’s four bourses will shut their trading floors from Monday, the...
Polished Markets Mar 15, 2020 Rapaport News
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