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Any color diamond is a great investment

Bruno Scarselli belongs to the 3rd generation of the Scarselli family, which has for the last half-century been producing and selling some of the world’s highest quality yellow, blue and pink diamonds available on the market. Bruno heads the company...

20 november 2017

It’s crucial everybody feels confident that their suppliers use the System of Warranties - Stephane Fischler

The System of Warranties (SoW) in the diamond industry dates back to 2002, when the World Diamond Council (WDC) in team with the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association...

13 november 2017

IIDGR’s proprietary technology gives polished diamonds unique identity

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), a unit of the global diamond giant, De Beers, grades natural stones and is also using its proprietary inscription technology to inscribe a unique identification on tables of each...

07 november 2017

In future, only those who offer innovative designs will survive

A science graduate from Madras University, Srinivasan's one-man venture with just 10 employees launched in 1984 has now grown into the present Emerald Group, in about 3 plus decades. The Group from Southern India is one of the largest jewellery manufacturing...

30 october 2017

Conditions are still very difficult - Ernie Blom

Ernie Blom, the President of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) for the third term, has served on a range of industry bodies as an executive as well as chairman for many years, including Chairman, Diamond Dealers Club of South Africa...

23 october 2017

De Beers fourth sales cycle rakes in $520m, lowest so far in the year

18 may 2017
De Beers has earned $520 million from the fourth rough diamonds sales cycle compared with $636 million accrued, a year earlier.
Although the figure was provisional, the latest sales cycle was weaker compared with $586 million recorded during the third sales cycle for the year.
This makes it the lowest rough diamond sales recorded so far in the year by De Beers.
“We are continuing to see steady demand for rough diamonds, despite the industry entering a typically quieter season,” said De Beers chief executive Bruce Cleaver.
“Sentiment remains positive as we head towards the important Las Vegas trade show in early June.”
De Beers’ competitor, Alrosa of Russia generated $310.2 million from rough diamond sales in April, while its polished diamond sales were valued $7.6 million.
De Beers opened the year with strength as it raked in $729 million during the first sales cycle for the year with the group having recorded “good” demand across the majority of its assortment.
It registered a higher than usual volume of sales in the first quarter following a “strong” rebound in demand levels for lower value stones during the first sales cycle of 2017.
Group senior manager, media and commercial communications, David Johnson told Rough & Polished recently that the unexpected introduction of demonetisation in India late last year had resulted in weak demand, albeit temporary, for smaller, lower quality rough diamonds from the Asian country’s cutting and polishing industry.
De Beers had to temporarily put in place some additional flexibility for Sightholders purchasing a range of lower value rough diamonds following the introduction of the Indian demonetisation programme, as they recognised the challenges some customers would face as they adjusted to the new monetary environment.

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

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