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In a world where transparency is more and more the standard, our business must address the lab grading issue willingly

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SDiX says diamonds a great safe haven asset

11 october 2017
Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange has created a new investment product called the Diamond Bullion in the form of sets of investment-grade polished diamonds.
Investment diamond sets will have denomination value of about $100,000 and $200,000 each, according to SDiX representative cited by Bloomberg.
“Until now, there was no way people could invest in diamonds in the form which is equivalent to investing in gold,” said Alain Vandenborre, executive chairman and founder of the exchange. “A diamond has absolutely zero correlation with any other asset class, whether it’s commodities, bonds, equities. It’s a store of wealth, it’s a hedge against volatility and you need that in your portfolio.”
The products are issued by the Singapore Diamond Mint Co. The gems are sourced from the wholesale market through De Beers sightholders and Alrosa PJSC, and must be in the top five levels of color and clarity, he added.
The exchange plans to list other denominations in future, and the interest they attract could boost trading volumes and global prices, Vandenborre said, while their real-time pricing is available from the exchange website or the mint’s mobile app.
SDiX, which says it’s the world’s only electronic exchange for trading investment-grade diamonds, has dealt about $165 million of the gemstones since starting in May last year.

Theodor Lisovoy, Rough&Polished, Moscow

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