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Gaetano Cavalieri: I expect our industry to experience steady growth, but not at the pace of the past few years
gaetano_cavalieri_preview.jpgThe World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) represents the entire jewelry industry embracing a whole variety of companies, from those mining precious metals and gems to those, which are manufacturing and selling final products. The confederation members are national jewelry associations from more than 40 countries, including Russia. In 2006, the CIBJO was the only organization granted the official status of a consultant to the UN Economic and Social Council on the development of the global jewelry industry. Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO, has kindly agreed to give this interview to Rough&Polished and to talk about his vision of the situation in the diamond industry.

Investments that Make One Beautiful and Happy
svetlana_maximova_x.jpgSvetlana Maksimova, CEO of the Casting-House jewellery company (with the office in the Triumfalny trade centre, specializes in the designer items using high quality Yakutian diamonds with their origin being beyond any doubts and their cut flawless). She is a founder of the Yakutian polished diamonds trademark (Yakutskiye Brillianty). She has graduated from the Yakutian State University and the Far-Eastern Institute of Psychology and Psychoanalysis. She worked as a Senior Deputy Director General at the diamond cutting and polishing Tuimaada Diamond company, AK ALROSA (in the Centre for co-operation with cutting and jewellery companies) and also as a Director of the Almazny Dvor (Diamond House) trading and exhibition centre and a Director General of the Diamond Club of Russia.

Igor Kevchenkov: Money Invested in Polished Diamonds and Gold are the Most Reliable Investments
igor_kevchenkov_x.jpgRusskaya Yuvelirnaya Kompaniya (Russian Jewellery Company) established in 1998 is now an advanced company manufacturing exclusive jewellery and selling it in the Russian market. The Holding comprises Moskovskaya Yuvelirnaya Fabrika (Moscow Jewellery Factory) and multi-brand stores located in Moscow, Novosibirsk and other Russian cities. The jeweler's retail store chain offers a wide range of goods starting from high-end diamond jewellery sets to the one-of-a-kind designer silver jewellery. It is also a partner of leading Russian and foreign manufacturers like MYuZ, Russkie Samotsvety (Russian Gems), Adamas, MZSS and other firms. Igor Kevchenkov, Director General of Russkaya Yuvelirnaya Kompaniya, answers the questions from Rough&Polished.

De Beers Group turning more sophisticated in their technological line-up to identify synthetics
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Besides diamond mining, The De Beers Group of Companies has been engaged in diamond research for many years and this kind of involvement is now paying back helping the global diamond industry to prevent its market from being eroded by synthetic diamonds. As part of De Beers Group, De Beers Technologies and the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR) have been quite busy recently developing techniques and producing a range of easy-to-use equipment focused on detecting treated and synthetic diamonds. Simon Lawson, Head of De Beers Technologies UK and Jamie Clark, Commercial Director for the IIDGR described the latest know-how offered to the diamond industry in their interview to Rough&Polished.



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Cautious prognosis for diamond market after ‘good’ holiday season

30.01.2012

Rockwell Diamonds, which operates alluvial diamond mines in South Africa, said recently that anecdotal evidence suggests that diamond jewellery sales in the United States were better during the last Christmas season than the year before.

This, it said, is expected to assist in the liquidation of inventory with the resultant cash flow improvement rolling over into the January and February rough diamond purchasing period.

Rapaport Group also noted that confidence had improved in the diamond industry since January 1, following a period of relative price stability and a “satisfactory” United States holiday season.

Jewellery seller, Tiffany & Co said that worldwide Christmas-season sales rose 7 percent year on year to $952 million for the two months that ended on December 31.

It said retail sales rose 4 percent to $503 million across the Americas, which include the U.S., Canada and Latin America, while sales leaped 19 percent to $165 million in the Asia-Pacific.

Japan recorded a sales increase of 13 percent to $160 million, it said, adding that Europe sales improved by 1 percent to $117 million.

Rockwell expects diamond prices and demand to increase through the first half of 2012, while Rapaport cautioned that there were concerns whether current price levels were sustainable due to the adverse economic conditions.

The question, however, is whether the conditions that led to a dip in the diamond market during the second half of 2011 were still prevalent.

According to Rapaport the decline recorded during the second half of 2011 was influenced by increasing uncertainty caused by the U.S. and European economic crises, volatile financial, currency and commodity markets, as well as continued political instability in the Mideast.

It said tight liquidity, particularly in India, also impacted trading from July as manufacturers were unable to obtain replacement costs on the high rough prices they had paid earlier in the year.

Clearly, these factors are still prevalent and largely expected to continue influencing the market this year.

The World Bank recently slashed its global economic growth forecasts and warned that rich nations' debt problems may yet reap a crisis that would eclipse the tumult of 2008.

It noted that although the financial turmoil appeared contained at the moment, the risk of a much broader freezing up of capital markets and a global crisis similar in magnitude to the Lehman crisis remains.

It is such a gloomy picture that will largely affect the performance of the diamond market particularly, in the U.S and Europe.

However, this might not be the case in China and to some extend India, which saw its economic growth decelerate in part, last year, because of domestic policy tightening.

Diamonds.net said sentiment in the U.S about prospects for the coming months was mixed as it remains to be seen whether large retailers will build inventories at the same pace as last year.

It also said polished trading remains relatively slow in India due to weak domestic demand and caution by buyers about the general market.

Rough trading was slow but activity is expected to improve in the coming weeks as the January sight cycle begins.

“There is sufficient supply of goods in the market but very few transactions are taking place due to wide price differentials,” it said.

“Large manufactures have maintained their production levels while small and medium size cutters are operating at well below capacity.”

Chinese buyers on the other hand were currently focused on filling last-minute orders before the Chinese New Year begins on January 23, but a slowdown was expected in the coming weeks as the focus turns to the retail market, Diamonds.net said. 

By and large it appears the market will pick in some regions and slow in others.

However, with the economic uncertainty that characterized the better part of the second half of 2011 still hovering above the diamond market, despite good business recorded during the holiday season, it is tricky, as Rockwell Diamonds did, to conclude that all will be rosy during the first half of year.

Predicting the performance of the diamond market this year, especially at this stage is problematic; hence caution is the buzz word.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished

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