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LVMH-Tiffany Deal Faces Uncertainty
The LVMH board met on Tuesday to discuss its takeover of Tiffany & Co., fueling rumors that the $16.2 billion deal was less certain than before Covid-19.The panel of directors “focused its attention on the...
Retail Jun 04, 2020 Rapaport News
Coronavirus
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 Jun 03, 2020 Rapaport News
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Podcast: Time for Subtle, Discreet Brand Marketing
As difficult as the Covid-19 lockdown period has been, Sally Morrison, director of public relations at De Beers’ consumer and brands division, sees opportunity for the diamond industry moving forward. In the first episode of the Rapaport...
Marketing Jun 01, 2020 Rapaport News
RRR Intro
A Time to Heal
The Covid-19 crisis is presenting an opportunity for the market to restart, refresh, and build on its experience of dealing with the diamond-trade slowdown of the past few years. In these unprecedented times, it would be foolish to make predictions...
Polished Markets May 27, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Staying Relevant in the Coronavirus Era
Staying Relevant in the Coronavirus Era
During lockdown, there comes a time when one simply doesn’t want to be told anymore that we’re in this together — “even though we may be apart.”While plunging further down that YouTube rabbit hole, as we all often have...
Marketing May 14, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Podcast: Is the Diamond Trade Prepared for Change?
Is the Diamond Trade Prepared for Change?
As diamond markets start to return, the Rapaport News team discusses prospects for the industry in the latest episode of the Rapaport Diamond Podcast. We discuss the extent to which things have fundamentally changed in the past...
Polished Markets May 14, 2020 Rapaport News
Lightbox Oregon Plant
Lightbox Delays New Production Plant to 2021
Lightbox, De Beers’ lab-grown diamond jewelry brand, has delayed commissioning its new facility in Portland, Oregon, by a few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“The building itself and plant infrastructure [are] already complete, and we are...
Manufacturing May 07, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Polished Diamonds
Diamond Markets Reflect Uncertain Outlook
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, May 5, 2020, Las Vegas… Diamond trading was restricted in April due to the coronavirus pandemic and global lockdowns. Sentiment was weak, with dealers frustrated by the inability to resume business. The...
Polished Markets May 05, 2020 Rapaport
Melee at De Beers Industry Group Services Surat
Eight Surat Cutting Units Return to Work
India has resumed manufacturing and exports of gems and jewelry, as the country starts to ease its restrictions following five weeks of lockdown.Eight production units in Surat, the country’s diamond-cutting hub, have begun operations at the...
Polished Markets May 04, 2020 Rapaport News
Rapaport Research Report April Cover
Rough Market Faces Its Toughest Year Yet
As the diamond market considers its options during the industry-wide lockdown, manufacturers in India are planning a freeze on rough imports. The move has precedent. Back in 2008, as financial markets collapsed, India imposed a one-month moratorium...
Rough Markets Apr 28, 2020 Avi Krawitz
De Beers Podcast
Podcast: How the Pandemic Is Changing De Beers
The diamond industry will need to tweak its messaging to emphasize the values its product and brands represent, De Beers executives stressed in the Rapaport Diamond Podcast. Rapaport Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz spoke with...
Marketing Apr 27, 2020 Rapaport News
Tutti Frutti
Sotheby’s to Sell ‘Tutti Frutti’ Cartier Bracelet
A gem-set, diamond and enamel tutti frutti bracelet by Cartier is to go under the hammer in Sotheby’s latest online sale.The piece, which has a high estimate of $800,000, will be sold as a single lot by Sotheby’s New York in a dedicated remote...
Polished Markets Apr 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Kering
Pandemic Drags Down Kering Jewelry Revenue
Kering’s jewelry and watch divisions have been “hard hit” by COVID-19, dragging revenues down for the first quarter, the French luxury group reported Monday.The company, which owns Boucheron, Pomellato and Qeelin,...
Retail Apr 23, 2020 Rapaport News
Luk Fook store MixC World in Shenzhen Bay
Luk Fook Hit by COVID-19 Closures
Luk Fook’s same-store sales dropped 57% in the fourth fiscal quarter amid extensive retail closures for the first two months of the year and sluggish footfall in March.The jeweler saw a 60% year-on-year slide...
Retail Apr 22, 2020 Rapaport News
Store in NY diamond district
Jewelry Trade Shrinks 4% in First Quarter
The number of jewelry businesses operating in the US fell 4.2% year on year to 24,280 in the first quarter as exits from the industry more than doubled, according to data from the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT).The number...
Financial-Legal Apr 20, 2020 Rapaport News
Jewelry store
JBT Chief Predicts Rise in Bankruptcies
Earlier this month, the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) said it would issue two parallel ratings in its company credit reports to show the effect of COVID-19 on liquidity. In an April 6 interview with Rapaport News, Erich Jacobs,...
Financial-Legal Apr 20, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Engagement ring proposal
An Opportunity to Strengthen Connections
A rough diamond changes hands at least five times before it reaches the cutting wheel, an industry veteran explained to my amazement when I first started writing about the market. A polished stone is traded even more often before...
Polished Markets Apr 07, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Erich Jacobs
JBT Amends Credit Reports to Account for COVID-19
The Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) will issue two parallel credit ratings for companies during the current crisis to reflect the impact of the shutdown on cash flow.The organization’s credit reports, which score jewelers’...
Retail Apr 07, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough and Polished
Diamond Prices Slide in March as COVID-19 Spreads
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, April 7, 2020, Las Vegas…Diamond prices fell in March as the spreading coronavirus led to a dramatic decline in the global economy. Diamond markets are under pressure and facing a severe liquidity crisis as jewelry...
Polished Markets Apr 07, 2020 Rapaport
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How Three Jewelers Are Coping During COVID-19
Can my company survive this crisis? How long will the shutdown last? Should I lay my workers off? Should I apply for government support? The coronavirus outbreak has left US jewelers with a string of questions. There...
Retail Apr 07, 2020 Joshua Freedman
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