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Dubai Conference Lab Grown Panel
Synthetics vs. Natural: The Battle over Value
In a jam-packed program, the Dubai Diamond Conference set the stage well for its main bout: finally, a match-up between the lab-grown and mined diamond producers. At its core, the debate among panelists in the...
Polished Markets Nov 13, 2019 Avi Krawitz
De Beers sightholder office
De Beers Sightholders Embracing Synthetics
Few in the diamond industry were surprised by the news that Rosy Blue chief Dilip Mehta had launched an independentlab-grown business. It’s been an open secret for months that majormanufacturers of natural diamonds have been...
Polished Markets Nov 12, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Lightbox
Lightbox to Debut at Bloomingdale’s, Reeds
De Beers will partner with two major retailers topromote Lightbox, its brand of affordable lab-grown diamond jewelry. Lightbox’s $800-per-carat jewelry is set to be soldin select Bloomingdale’s stores, including in New York City and San Francisco,...
Retail Oct 15, 2019 Rapaport News
WD
Lab-Grown Sector Gears Up for Eco Audit
Six synthetic-diamond companies have signed up for apilot program aimed at creating a sustainability standard for the sector. SCS Global Services, a third-party auditing specialist,will analyze companies’ environmental, social and governance records, with thegoal...
Polished Markets Oct 15, 2019 Rapaport News
Antwerp Beurs
Antwerp Bans Lab-Grown from Trading Floors
The Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses has introduced aban on lab-grown sales in Antwerp’s four trading halls. While synthetics trading is still rare in Antwerp, theumbrella group took action last month because it views the exchanges...
Polished Markets Oct 10, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Diamond Foundry polished stone
GJEPC Mulls Separate Lab-Grown Membership
India’s Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) isconsidering a new membership category for lab-grown-diamond traders in afurther attempt to keep better tabs on the trade. The organization requires companies to choose a productcategory — known as a “panel”...
Polished Markets Aug 29, 2019 Rapaport News
Lab-grown rough diamond
India Differentiates Synthetics Imports
India has introduced an import classification code solely for lab-grown rough diamonds, enabling the industry to keep better watch of syntheticsentering the country.The government has separated the Indian Trade Clarification(ITC) code for rough...
Financial-Legal Jul 14, 2019 Joshua Freedman
JCK lab grown
JCK Lab-Grown Section Shows Rising Demand
At JCK Las Vegas, lab-grown-diamond exhibitors havemushroomed nearly as much as opinions about the stones themselves. Toaccommodate growing market needs, organizers debuted the Lab-Grown DiamondNeighborhood at the 2018 edition of the trade fair.“There may have...
Polished Markets Jul 10, 2019 Jennifer Heebner
Podcast June 2019
Podcast: Lightbox – the Synthetics King?
On the first anniversary since the launch of Lightbox,Rapaport’s Avi Krawitz sat with managing director Steve Coe at the JCK show inLas Vegas. Coe gives his perspective of the industry’s response toLightbox, some insight...
Retail Jun 05, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Rapaport breakfast JCK Las Vegas 2019
Martin Rapaport at JCK: Watch the Full Speech
The diamond industry must invest in new products andethically sourced natural diamonds to boost profitability and counter thegrowth of synthetics, Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group, stressedat the annual Rapaport Breakfast in Las Vegas....
Polished Markets Jun 05, 2019 Rapaport News
MR
RapNet Members Say ‘No’ to Synthetics
The RapNet community has voted overwhelmingly againstintroducing services for the lab-grown-diamond sector. Members voted by 79% to 21% against the trading platformlisting synthetics on the site. They also rejected a lab-grown pricelist, with 74%...
Mining Jun 03, 2019 Rapaport News
Swarovski 150
Swarovski Plans Move into Natural Diamonds
Swarovski, the Austrian jeweler famous for its cut-glass crystals, is preparing to launch its natural diamond operations, Nadja Swarovski, head of corporate communications and design services, said in a panel discussion at the JCK Las Vegas...
Polished Markets May 31, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Aleah Arundale
Lab-Grown Ban Splits Opinion on Facebook
An influential online community for jewelers has bannedsales of lab-grown diamonds, prompting fierce debate on social media. Jewelers Helping Jewelers (JHJ), a Facebook group with more than 16,000members, decreed Wednesday that no synthetics may be sold...
Technology May 30, 2019 Joshua Freedman
GIA HPHT
Undisclosed Green Synthetics Raise GIA Eyebrows
Twenty-five undisclosed lab-grown diamonds have turned up atthe Gemological Institute of America (GIA) — including several with a raregreenish color. The GIA’s lab in Carlsbad, California, recently received thestones — weighing from 0.46 to 0.52 carats — for...
Technology May 26, 2019 Rapaport News
RapNet to Vote On Synthetics
RapNet to Vote on Synthetics
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, May 22, 2019, Las Vegas … RapNet, the world’slargest diamond trading network with daily listings of over $7.4 billion, willbe voting on whether it should provide diamond listing and pricing services...
Polished Markets May 22, 2019 Rapaport
Sarine
India Credit Slowdown Squeezes Sarine Profit
Sarine Technologies posted a loss in the first quarter ascredit problems in the Indian manufacturing sector led to softened demand forits equipment. The diamond-technology company reported a net loss of $1.4million, versus a profit of $3.1 million for...
Polished Markets May 20, 2019 Rapaport News
Lab Grown Diamond Council
Industry Launches New Lab-Grown Association
Two jewelry veterans have debuted a group that aims toraise awareness of, and demand for, lab-grown diamonds in the US. The Lab Grown Diamond Council (LGDC) will introduce newinitiatives for the synthetics...
Polished Markets May 20, 2019 Rapaport News
Israel Diamond Exchange
Synthetics: Coming to a Bourse Near You?
The rise of lab-grown diamonds might finally be tricklingthrough to the historic heart of the trade: the diamond exchanges.It began last November, when Anoop Mehta, president ofMumbai’s Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), told Rapaport News...
Polished Markets May 14, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Aurelien Delaunay
The Gem Lab That Refuses to Grade Synthetics
The French Gemmological Laboratory (LFG) is the oldest ofits kind in the world. Founded in 1929, it came into being after the arrival ofcultured pearls on the market prompted more than 300 pearl dealers from...
Polished Markets May 06, 2019 Marie Chabrol
James Allen synthetic
Signet Enters Lab-Grown Market
James Allen has launched sales of lab-grown diamonds,marking parent company Signet Jewelers’ entry into the synthetics market. The e-commerce business, which Signet acquired in 2017,now gives consumers the option of “earth-created” or “lab-created” stones...
Retail May 05, 2019 Rapaport News
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