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De Beers Rough
Reduced Diamond Supply Lifts Polished Prices
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, August 4, 2020, Las Vegas… Polished diamond prices firmed in July due to supply shortages for select categories. Sentiment remained weak and trading levels low amid new Covid-19 restrictions.The RapNet...
Polished Markets Aug 04, 2020 Rapaport
De Beers Office in Botswana
De Beers Turns to Tech as Layoffs Loom
De Beers is no stranger to changing strategy. Throughout its 130-plus-year history, the company has often adjusted its approach, sometimes with just a few tweaks, and on other occasions with radical consequences for the diamond market....
Rough Markets Aug 03, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Asian Star 150
Asian Star Expects Long-Term Impact from Covid-19
Mumbai-based diamond manufacturer Asian Star believes jewelry demand will remain sluggish through the end of the quarter as the coronavirus weighs on consumer spending.“Economic disruption caused by Covid-19 has changed consumer behavior, as people have...
Manufacturing Aug 03, 2020 Rapaport News
Judah Zeigler.
Frederick Goldman Hires E-Commerce Head
New Jersey-based jewelry manufacturer Frederick Goldman has appointed Judah Zeigler vice president for business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce.He will be responsible for developing and leading all of Frederick Goldman’s efforts in the field, in particular overseeing...
Retail Aug 03, 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 Aug 03, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds Diamcor.
Large Stones Support Diamcor Average Price
Diamcor’s average selling price rose to just under $112 per carat at its latest rough tender as demand shifted to higher-value goods, the miner reported last week.The company garnered $271,263 from the sale of 2,427...
Mining Aug 02, 2020 Rapaport News
Burj Khalifa.
Diamonds Light Up World’s Tallest Building
Dubai has embarked on an eye-catching campaign to attract the global diamond industry to the emirate — and has lit up the world’s tallest building to mark the launch.The story of a diamond’s creation recently appeared on the side of the...
Polished Markets Aug 02, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds
India Urges ‘Self-Discipline’ from Rough Buyers
Indian industry leaders have renewed their calls for limits on rough imports during the Covid-19 crisis, noting that diamond demand remains uncertain.The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and four...
Rough Markets Aug 02, 2020 Rapaport News
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Sentiment weak as trading centers reinforce Covid-19 restrictions. Supply shortages supporting polished prices as cutters refrain from rough purchases. Manufacturing profit margins better than pre-pandemic, resulting from select rough buying that aligns...
Polished Markets Jul 30, 2020 Rapaport News
HK skyline
Hong Kong Warns of ‘Austere’ Retail Environment
Hong Kong’s retail market took a turn for the worse this month amid the coronavirus’s resurgence, reversing a slight improvement in June, the government cautioned Thursday.The municipality has entered a third wave of infections, prompting...
Retail Jul 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Rapaport TradeWire July 30, 2020
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Research Jul 30, 2020 Rapaport
Gem Diamonds
Pandemic Punctures Sales at Letšeng Mine
Revenue at Gem Diamonds fell in the first half of the year amid a temporary shutdown of its mine and weak demand due to the coronavirus.Sales of rough diamonds from the Letšeng mine in Lesotho dropped 22% to $74...
Mining Jul 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Christie's
116ct. Diamond Fetches $6M at Christie’s
A necklace featuring a 115.83-carat diamond was the top seller at Christie’s in New York on Wednesday, bringing in $6.3 million at the live Magnificent Jewels auction.The pear brilliant-cut, F-color, VVS1-clarity diamond hangs from a chain of 31 pear brilliant...
Polished Markets Jul 30, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers Sight Box
Challenges Persist as De Beers Sees Red
De Beers suffered heavy losses in the first half of the year due to Covid-19, and cautioned that substantial challenges would remain for the diamond market.The diamond miner fell into the red for the...
Rough Markets Jul 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Polished diamond
Diamond Club of Antwerp Names New Board
The Diamond Club of Antwerp has reelected Thierry Polakiewicz as its president and named 13 other officers and board members.The club, founded in the 1890s, is one of the city’s four bourses, and is primarily for traders...
Polished Markets Jul 29, 2020 Rapaport News
Boucheron London store.
European Slump Weighs on Kering Jewelry Brands
Kering reported weak jewelry sales during the first half of 2020 as a slowdown at its Europe-focused brands outweighed stronger figures in Asia.The group’s Boucheron and Pomellato brands suffered from their exposure to the Western European...
Retail Jul 29, 2020 Rapaport News
Rio Tinto
Losses Deepen at Rio Tinto’s Diamond Unit
Weak rough demand and a devaluation of assets pushed Rio Tinto’s diamond division further into the red in the first half of the year, the miner reported Wednesday.The unit recorded a net loss of $40 million...
Mining Jul 29, 2020 Rapaport News
Sightholder.
Nine Sightholders Aim for Carbon Neutrality
Nine De Beers sightholders have committed to becoming carbon-neutral, aiming to align the manufacturing sector with environmental standards present elsewhere in the diamond industry.The participants will begin by assessing their current emissions, and will then...
Manufacturing Jul 29, 2020 Rapaport News
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-exchange district in Ramat Gan, Israel
Israel Bourse Calls for Tax-Free Trading Zone
The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) has urged the government to establish an international free-trade area in the bourse complex, arguing that the tax-free zone would attract foreign companies and boost the local industry.The...
Financial-Legal Jul 28, 2020 Rapaport News
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