Diamond production in Surat begins in a phased manner

Diamond cutting units in Surat have been allowed greater flexibility to operate from 31 July Saturday on condition that they will adhere to a set of norms that include mandatory Covid-19 tests for traders and staff, as per media reports.

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De Beers H1 revenue more than halves as Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc

De Beers’ revenue dropped by 54% to $1.2 billion in the first half of 2020 compared with $2.6 billion, a year earlier, according to Anglo American.

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Lucapa’s Lulo earns $3.7m from latest tender

Lucapa Diamond has sold 2,625 carats from its 40%-owned Lulo alluvial diamond mine, in Angola for $3.7 million, representing an average price of $1,400 carat.

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Just Diamonds offers unique software to retailers

Just Diamonds, a Birmingham-based CMJ supplier of certified diamonds with unique buying software, has reported record results in its fourth year of trading driven by new customers, with turnover up 9.5 percent year-on-year in 2018/19.

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WGC releases Global Gold Demand Trends for Q2 and H1 2020

According to the World Gold Council’s Report released recently, the following are the highlights of the Gold Demand Trends for Q2 and H1 2020.

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Upgraded Everledger Platform ready to boost diamond industry recovery

29 july 2020

(everledger.io) - Tom Murphy, Everledger’s head of product, discusses the latest features of the Everledger Platform, which will support demand generation, sustainability and compliance for diamond retailers and manufacturers. The diamond industry took three body blows from the COVID-19 pandemic. Firstly, the lockdown shuttered many retailers on the high street. Diamonds are traditionally a bricks-and-mortar marketplace, so those without an established e-commerce offer were caught cold. Next, the economic downturn had an inevitable impact on sales, not least as the global $250 billion wedding industry was all but frozen due to social distancing. Finally, the cessation of airline travel has complicated supply chains and cancelled all international diamond shows – a crucial networking and sales window in the calendar. They may face additional disruption in the second half of the year, a sign that a V-shaped recovery is wishful thinking. The impact on the industry has shown some startling figures. Gemdax predicts that excess inventories at the largest diamond producers will reach $4.5 billion — or between 40 million and 50 million carats — by the end of the year. The COVID-related restrictions on the supply chain, and faltering consumer demand, will result in a drop in rough-diamond sales of 30% to 40% this year ($7 billion to $8 billion) according to Moody’s. Hope on the horizon?