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Lucapa to become a niche diamond company, says Wetherall

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Zimnisky: Diamonds lack fungibility to be a major investment product

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Julien-Vincent Brunie: "Being surrounded by beauty and art is a privilege!"

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Diamond Exchanges promote healthy development of the diamond industry, besides safe and basic infrastructures for diamond trade

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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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