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Ari Epstein, CEO of AWDC: Diamond pipeline to unclog and demand to pick up in 2-3 months
ari_epstein_xn.jpgIn early September, ALROSA hosted a meeting on New Development Drivers of Global Diamond Business in the framework of the Asia Pacific Eastern Economic Forum meeting in Vladivostok. The panel session looked at the current state and future prospects of the diamond industry. Leading diamond and jewelry industry figures took part in a debate on the challenges facing the business on September 3, including Ari Epstein, CEO of Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), who was interviewed by Rough & Polished on this occasion. Epstein shares his views on demand recovery in the diamond market, competition with India and the establishment of a diamond bourse in Vladivostok.

Moscow to host the Third International Economic Jewelry Forum
galina_ananyina_x.jpgOn October 2, 2015, Moscow will host the third edition of the International Economic Jewelry Forum to be held at the Congress Centre of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Ilyinka Street under the headline "New Realities, New Challenges, New Strategy in a Changing Global Market" with the support of Russia’s Finance Ministry, Gokhran, Assay Chamber, ALROSA, Russian Jewellery Trade Club and RESTEC JUNWEX media holding. In the run-up to the Forum, Galina Ananyina, President of the Foundation for Development of Jewelry Art in Russia and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Third International Economic Jewelry Forum answered the questions from Rough & Polished.

Young customers consider diamonds as preferred investment
suraj_shantakumar_x.jpgAfter graduating in Business Management (Finance) from California Polytechnic State University, Suraj Shantakumar returned to India to focus on managing the family’s many businesses. But being most passionate about Kirtilal Kalidas Jewellers Pvt Ltd (a jewellery chain with an unblemished reputation with over 74 years in retailing and exporting of fine diamond jewellery), Suraj concentrated on Kirtilals’ showrooms spread across South India. Here, he talks to Rough&Polished about the current Indian domestic market and the changes that he has seen in the demand pattern across the country.

ALROSA kicks off its first round of e-commerce selling rough diamonds


On July 5, the Market Council of Russian diamond miner ALROSA summed up the results of an experimental round of online rough diamond sales. According to the company’s press release received by Rough&Polished, the auction was held for market participants on a specialized electronic platform at direct invitations from ALROSA in accordance with the effective corporate rules for rough diamond auctions.
The first electronic auction put up for sale 108 lots of standard boxes under the current stock list of ALROSA. The diamond miner invited 30 foreign and Russian companies to take part in bidding.
The trading session resulted in approximately $11 million worth of sold goods.
The Market Council considered the experimental auction successful. From the fourth quarter of this year, after fine-tuning the software, outlining the schedule and specifying the notification and participation procedures for buyers of rough diamonds, e-auctions will be carried out on a regular basis.
In 2010, ALROSA produced 34.3 million carats of diamonds worth $2,180 million. The ALROSA Group sold a total of 3,483.6 million worth of diamond goods last year, a record amount in the company’s history.



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