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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
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
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
HRD jewelry grading report.
HRD Shuts Equipment Unit in Reorganization
HRD Antwerp has closed its equipment division, effective June 9, as part of a restructuring of the Belgian grading laboratory.The organization will increase its focus on its grading and education services, CEO Ellen Joncheere said in a statement...
Technology Jun 10, 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
Diamond manufacturing in Antwerp
Belgian Exports Slump as COVID-19 Hits US
Belgium’s polished-diamond exports dropped 51% to $513.7 million in March, reflecting the impact of the coronavirus on global shipments.Exports to the US fell 47% to $152.9 million, according to data from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, as the pandemic...
Polished Markets Apr 28, 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
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 Mandeleo
AWDC Launches Artisanal Certification in Guinea
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) will introduce a certification project for Guinea’s artisanal miners that will identify their rough diamonds as conflict-free.The AWDC has based the program on the Maendeleo Diamond Standards...
Mining Mar 15, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp diamond processing
Belgium’s Polished Exports Slump 55%
Belgium’s polished-diamond exports dropped 55% to $560 million in February, reflecting a slowdown in the market due to the coronavirus. However, rough imports grew, continuing a trend that began in January, data from the Antwerp World Diamond...
Polished Markets Mar 08, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa diamond sorting
Alrosa to Maintain Supply Flexibility
Alrosa has pledged to remain flexible with its supply policy during the current industry downturn, as the coronavirus has left clients unsure how much rough to buy.“The virus has triggered uncertainty, and our...
Rough Markets Mar 08, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp
Belgium’s Polished Trade Slows in January
Belgium’s polished exports dropped 22% year on year in January, with volumes and average price both falling. Outbound shipments have declined for nine consecutive months, according to Rapaport archives based on data from the...
Polished Markets Mar 03, 2020 Rapaport News
Ellen Joncheere HRD Antwerp
HRD Antwerp Not for Sale (for Now)
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has postponed the sale of HRD Antwerp, and will instead embark on a turnaround strategy for the laboratory.“The [AWDC] board of directors and standing committee decided not to sell...
Polished Markets Feb 23, 2020 Joshua Freedman
HRD Antwerp Hatton Garden
Peter Meeus Bids Again for HRD Antwerp
Former HRD Antwerp chief Peter Meeus has made a second offer to buy the Belgian laboratory, after its owners rejected his initial proposal.“I’m going straight to the Hoveniersstraat 22 to [deposit] my new bid,” Meeus said...
Polished Markets Feb 19, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Antwerp
Belgium Shipments Hit 10-Year Low
Belgium’s diamond trade declined in 2019 as excess supply led to slower demand for rough and polished, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre said Wednesday.Polished exports fell 13% to $9.93 billion, their lowest level since...
Polished Markets Jan 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamond
UK Secures Deal to Keep Rough Trade Alive
The UK has secured independent membership of the Kimberley Process (KP), enabling it to continue participating in the international rough-diamond trade after the nation leaves the European Union.Britain’s decision to withdraw from the EU on January 31 requires the...
Rough Markets Jan 15, 2020 Joshua Freedman
AWDC
Belgium Tightens Access to Diamond Trade
Belgium has introduced legislation requiring managers of diamond companies to prove their good conduct and knowledge of money-laundering laws.The rules, passed in November by royal decree, are intended to control access to the sector and came after...
Financial-Legal Jan 09, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Ellen Joncheere HRD
HRD Names New CEO Amid Sale Process
HRD Antwerp has hired Ellen Joncheere as its CEO in the middle of a process to sell the company.Joncheere currently holds the same position at Fremach International, a supplier of car parts to the automotive industry. She will join...
Polished Markets Dec 26, 2019 Rapaport News
Polished diamond
Belgium Export Data Looking More Positive
Belgium’s diamond trade showed signs of stabilizing in November,with rough exports increasing year on year for the first time since April.While polished exports dropped 22%, the rate of decline slowed versus October, data from...
Polished Markets Dec 15, 2019 Rapaport News
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