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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

Macau records 23% growth in Q1 2017 jewellery sales

19 june 2017
Macau’s retail sales of watches, clocks and jewellery recorded a year-on-year growth of 23.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017 as the market slowly recovers from economic uncertainties, says a report in JNA.
As per data released by the Statistics and Census Service of Macau (DSEC), jewellery retail sales rose to $478.88 mn from $388.64 mn during the same period in 2016.
The report attributes the stronger jewellery retail market in Macau to the positive situation in the greater China region, with markets in Hong Kong and mainland China both showing signs of improvement since the start of the year.

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

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