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Pavel Vinikhin: ALROSA will make a worthy contribution to the revival of the ‘Russian Cut’ Brand

ALROSA is known as the largest diamond mining company throughout the world. However, not everyone is aware that it has its own diamond-cutting division. For a long time, the activity of DIAMONDS ALROSA remained in the shadows, only occasionally attracting...

16 october 2017

William Lamb: Lucara now knows best routes to market large stones

Lucara Diamond recently announced that Graff Diamonds had bought its 1,109 carat diamond Lesedi La Rona for $53 million. The stone, which is the world’s second largest diamond found since the discovery of the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond in 1905, failed...

09 october 2017

GSI was the first in the world to begin testing of smaller size diamonds in bulk and has never looked back since - Mark Gershburg

With more than 30 years of experience in the gem lab sector under his belt, Mark Gershburg is an industry veteran widely popular in the global gem and jewelry industry. He began his career in 1980 as a grader but his professionalism, creativity, and...

02 october 2017

Gaetano Cavalieri: Over the long term, demand for diamonds is likely to grow at a steady pace

The 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...

25 september 2017

“I am bullish on the future of the diamond business. Three reasons for this optimism... new discoveries, extending mine life and the increasing demand for diamonds”, says Martin Leake

Martin Leake is a PhD exploration geologist and Six Sigma black belt who has been involved in the rough diamond market since 2004. He worked for BHP Billiton for 22 years and recently left Grib Diamonds where he helped set up a world-class marketing...

18 september 2017

SDiX partners with the MCX of India to launch spot and derivatives contracts on diamonds in India.

17 february 2017
The Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange (SDiX), the commodity exchange trading in physically settled diamonds, and the Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding forging a strategic alliance to launch spot and derivatives contracts on diamonds in India, including using the SDiX-traded reference prices, as per a report in automatedtrader.net.
The goal of this strategic alliance between SDiX and MCX is to develop, design and launch, with the relevant regulatory approvals, the first diamond derivatives contract of its kind anywhere in the world. The contracts will utilise actual traded spot prices for the daily and final settlement of diamond contracts.
The partnership aims to offer diamond market participants a tool to hedge their business risk and unveil new opportunities to unlock diamonds as an investible commodity. SDiX and MCX can offer domestic Indian diamond traders, jewellers and financial market participants access to Indian Rupee denominated derivatives products based on physically settled diamonds.
Alain Vandenborre, Executive Chairman & Founder of SDiX, commented: "SDiX is committed to working with MCX to offer this unique opportunity for jewellers and diamond traders, commodity market participants, and intermediaries to trade in diamonds in a transparent and regulated market".

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

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