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Dominion Ekati 150
Dominion in Flux as CEO Resigns
Patrick Merrin has stepped down as interim CEO of Dominion Diamond Mines, deeming it “appropriate” to focus on his position at the rough producer’s parent company.Merrin, who is chief operating officer at the Washington Companies, took on the lead...
Mining Oct 20, 2020 Leah Meirovich
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Petra Lenders Take Majority Control of Company
Petra Diamonds has called off its formal sales process, as its lenders have acquired majority ownership in the company in exchange for writing off sizeable debts.The groups reached the agreement following discussions on a long-term...
Mining Oct 20, 2020 Leah Meirovich
RetailRap 150
How a Client Advisory Board Can Help Your Store
The days when brands made all their business decisions on their own are gone. With bigger competition, tougher economic challenges, and the increasingly scary potential of coming across as tone deaf in marketing campaigns,...
Retail Oct 13, 2020 Leah Meirovich
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Lucapa to Sell Mothae Rough Privately
Lucapa Diamond Company will sell rough from its Mothae mine in Lesotho directly to diamantaires through private partnerships, allowing it to secure higher prices for its production, it said Wednesday.The new sales channel was approved...
Mining Sep 09, 2020 Leah Meirovich
RetailRap Sept 150
How to Redesign Stores so Customers Feel Safe
Getting customers to shop post-lockdown has been difficult given financial constraints, and the fear of catching Covid-19 while out has only added to that challenge. While customers prefer shopping in physical stores, they will...
Retail Sep 07, 2020 Leah Meirovich
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Rio Tinto Kicks Off Penultimate Pink Tender
Rio Tinto will offer a record-breaking diamond at its penultimate pink-diamond tender as it prepares to close the Argyle mine.The 2.24-carat, fancy-vivid-purplish-pink diamond, known as Argyle Eternity, will headline the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, which has...
Polished Markets Sep 03, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Mining Ekati 150
Mining Sell-Off Highlights Sector’s Woes
Just as the sun emerged from behind the clouds and diamond demand began to recover from a glut in the manufacturing sector, the coronavirus pandemic hit. Its rapid spread forced many miners to shut down...
Mining Aug 06, 2020 Leah Meirovich
July RetailRap 150
How to Market Jewelry During the Pandemic
Is it appropriate for jewelers to market during the pandemic?Yes, now is when jewelers need business the most. I think it’s the perfect time to increase marketing and market share. There are many jewelers that aren’t...
Marketing Aug 05, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto Grants Rough Buyers Flexibility
Rio Tinto has given customers flexibility with their rough purchases since the Covid-19 crisis began, allowing them to buy only what they needed.“We provided full flexibility for all our customers and...
Mining Jul 28, 2020 Leah Meirovich
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
Jewelry Store Lootings
Protests Lead to Looting of US Jewelry Stores
Many US jewelers are coping with stolen property and the destruction of their premises following major looting sprees amid protests over the death of George Floyd.“It was like a war zone,” said Mark Clodius,...
Retail Jun 04, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Alrosa Gokhran new
Gokhran May Purchase Alrosa Rough
Alrosa is in talks to sell a considerable volume of diamonds to Gokhran, Russia’s repository for precious metals and gems.The Yakutia municipality, which holds a stake in Alrosa, has proposed that Gokhran buy diamonds worth $1.7 billion from...
Mining May 13, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Sotheby's
Sotheby’s to Bring Some Magnificent Jewels Online
Sotheby’s will offer a selection of items from its New York Magnificent Jewels auction at a special online sale in June, after the coronavirus put the live event in jeopardy.Some pieces originally consigned for that sale,...
Polished Markets May 13, 2020 Leah Meirovich
How to protect you store from cybercrime
How to Protect Your Store from Cybercrime
First place is usually something to strive for, but being the number-one target for cyberattacks that steal customer data is not a distinction retailers want. As jewelers move increasingly toward online offerings, their private information...
Financial-Legal May 11, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Kristall polishing factory
Alrosa Halts Polishing Divisions Indefinitely
Alrosa has shut all operations at its polishing units until further notice, as it waits for demand and health conditions to improve.The closure affects the miner’s three manufacturing centers: its original two in Moscow and...
Manufacturing May 10, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Signet
Signet Revamps Rules as Some Branches Reopen
Signet Jewelers has reopened more than 130 US stores and is planning to unlock up to 50 more doors in time for Mother’s Day as some states are allowing retailers to do business again. The company, which owns Kay Jewelers,...
Retail May 07, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Miners
Heavy Debt Looms over Mining Shutdown
A number of diamond-mining companies that have halted production during the COVID-19 crisis will find it difficult to resume operations amid their struggles with debt, analysts have predicted.The warning comes after several miners announced...
Mining Apr 23, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Rio Tinto
Govt. Allows Mining at Argyle to Continue
Mining at Rio Tinto’s Argyle deposit in Australia is proceeding as usual, despite a lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.The company has received full approval from the Western Australian state government to continue its production operations prior...
Mining Apr 06, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Miners coronavirus
Production Continues as Miners Fight Virus Impact
Alrosa, Petra Diamonds and Lucara Diamond Corp. are among the companies putting special procedures in place in preparation for a possible coronavirus outbreak, while still continuing operations at their mines.Alrosa, which has not had...
Mining Mar 19, 2020 Leah Meirovich
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Sotheby’s Postpones Magnificent Jewels Auction
Sotheby’s has rescheduled its Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale and other jewelry auctions amid new restrictions on public gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.“We are closely monitoring the advice of government and health...
Polished Markets Mar 17, 2020 Leah Meirovich
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