More people are now opting for diamonds rather than plain gold jewellery, because they offer a greater investment opportunity and are trendier
Rajiv Popley, Director of Popley Group, is well-known in the jewellery and watch sector in Mumbai. In the year 2006, Rajiv launched the first Indian boutiques for Tag Heuer and Omega. His passion for watches and luxury led him to build trade relations with Switzerland by fostering the Indo-Swiss society. Rajiv was also one of the first few to launch platinum jewellery India in association with Platinum Guild International. He has been promoting this rare metal for over a decade. In an interview with Rough&Polished, Rajiv sees the Indian jewellery market becoming more demand-driven with the younger generation playing a major part in the future.
De Beers opens door for non-sightholder diamond businesses
De Beers said the proposed amendments to the group’s allocations model will involve a new method for determining Global Sightholder Sales’ rough diamond customer-base, with a simplified, compliance and demand-based customer qualification process being introduced.
The group’s head of media relations Lynette Gould told Rough&Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that non-Sightholder diamond businesses that meet the compliance requirements, but have not demonstrated sufficient demand for primary source De Beers rough diamonds over a reference period, would be eligible to purchase the so-called Ex plan rough diamonds.
Silver Promotion Service can and should become the "Amazon" for silver jewelry – Michael Barlerin
Silver jewelry sales in the U.S. saw a significant increase over the last year, according to a survey recently conducted for the Silver Institute’s Silver Promotion Service
(SPS) in the United States. The average increase in 2013 for silver jewelry sales was 17%, findings from the survey showed. The Silver Promotion Service is the jewelry industry’s organization for silver, with a potential to become the "Amazon" for silver jewelry. SPS Director Michael Barlerin discusses the latest trends and shares his vision for silver jewelry in an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished.