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Ali Pastorini: Selling just the idea of glamour is no longer enough

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of DEL LIMA JEWERLY and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together approximately 1000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

21 may 2018

Diamonds are shifting from occasional to daily wear

Joy Alukkas started his first jewellery showroom in UAE in the year 1987, and today the Joyalukkas Group is a multi-billion global conglomerate with varied business interests. Beginning with a single jewellery room in Abu Dhabi, Joy Alukkas has grown...

14 may 2018

GJC has played a crucial role in the last 10 years in improving the compliance level in the industry

Coming from a renowned family of jewellers based in Akola, Maharashtra, Nitin Khandelwal heads Khandelwal Jewellers (Akola) Pvt Ltd. He has interests in the Plastic industry, Real estate, Health & Recreation and Cold storage industries as well...

07 may 2018

Johnson: ASM diamond sector a potential new source of supply for De Beers

De Beers recently said that it is planning to pilot a programme called GemFair that will create a “secure and transparent route” to market for ethically-sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds. GemFair would partner with the Diamond...

03 may 2018

Zimnisky: Hard to protect lab-diamond price as production methods, economics improve

Paul Zimnisky, an independent diamond industry analyst and consultant, said it will be very difficult for the lab-diamond manufactures to protect price as production processes and economics improve. He told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive...

23 april 2018

India's polished exports for April down by 1.7%; rough imports down by 7.3%

18 may 2017
Exports of cut & polished diamonds at $ 1.75 bn for the month of April 2017 showed a decline of 1.76% over exports of $ 1.78 bn in the same month of the year 2016.
Gross imports of rough diamonds for April 2017 amounted to $ 1.74 bn as compared to gross rough diamond imports worth $ 1.88 bn in April 2016 – a decline of 7.38%. In volume terms, gross import of rough diamonds of 16.92 mn carats during April 2017 marked a rise of 9.86% compared with gross imports of 15.41 mn carats in the same month of the previous year, according to the data released recently by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India.
Total exports for all gems and jewellery products for April 2017 were valued at $ 3.73 bn marking an increase of 15.17% over exports of $ 3.24 bn achieved in the same period of the previous year.Total imports for the gems & jewellery sector stood at $ 3.16 bn in month of April up 6.99% from imports worth $ 2.95 bn in April 2016.
Gold jewellery exports amounted to $ 497.35 mn marking a decline of 32.36% over $ 735.31 mn in April 2016 ; while exports of gold medallions & coins rose 82.90% to $ 553.59 mn for April 2017 from $ 302.67 mn for April 2016.

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

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