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SA’s Vutomi project can start production end of 2018 – John Teeling

Botswana Diamonds entered into an option and earn-in agreement with Vutomi Mining and Razorbill Properties, a private diamond exploration and development firm in South Africa last February. It agreed to pay Vutomi a total of £942,000 in cash, of which...

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Proximity doesn’t matter, your pocket does: Tanzanians interested in tanzanite jewellery can testify

Tanzanite, a rare blue/purple gem, was discovered in the Merarani Hills of Manyara Region in northern Tanzania in 1967, a few miles from Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro. It is used as a gemstone and of late Tanzanians are manufacturing quality jewellery...

19 june 2017

Global demand for polished diamonds will remain steady – Ali Pastorini

Ali Pastorini, senior vice-president of the World Jewelry Hub, answered questions from Rough & Polished concerning the world diamond market, preferences of consumers and role of bank crediting.

13 june 2017

Eternal values in Malaya Bronnaya Street

The assay supervision in Russia is 317 years old. Much younger is the Moscow Gemological Certification Centre (MGCC) established under the Assay Chamber and located in the same ancient respectable mansion at 18, Malaya Bronnaya Street. The MGCC employees’...

05 june 2017

Diamonds will have the greatest potential in 2017

Mumbai-based Rajesh Bhagat, India Consultant of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) who oversees HKTDC’s operations across India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, has been assisting companies, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the...

29 may 2017

Dubai imposes 5% import duty on gold jewellery

12 january 2017
Dubai has imposed a 5% import duty on gold and diamond jewellery, a move which is likely to hurt Indian exports.
Jewellery design in Dubai is expected to get a major boost as dependence on imports from India reduces. The import duty is being seen as a precursor to the introduction of a value added tax regime in Dubai.
Not all exports from India to the Emirates will be affected as the jewellery from India is mostly re-exported from Dubai to other parts of the world. Only the jewellery exported for local use in Dubai will attract a 5% duty.
The new levy may, however, boost bridal jewellery sales in India because many Indian shoppers had turned to Dubai owing to the cheaper gold there and the price difference may no longer be attractive enough.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished

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