Consumers attracted to diamond jewelry more than ever

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of Del Lima Jewelry and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together more than 1,000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

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WDC actively supports initiatives from mine to retail; and also strives for support for the artisanal and small-scale miners - Edward Asscher, President, World Diamond Council

A member of one of the diamond industry and Amsterdam’s most well-known families, Edward Asscher was elected President of the World Diamond Council in June 2020 for a two-year term. Asscher is serving a second time as WDC President, having led the organization...

14 september 2020

Diamonds are one of the few things that have held human fascination in every nook and cranny of the world across time

Dr Usha R. Balakrishnan, a preeminent historian of Indian jewellery based in Mumbai, is Chief Curator of the World Diamond Museum. Being the author and co-author of several volumes of Diamonds Across Time, a new book and an important venture launched...

11 september 2020

Botswana Diamonds to bulk sample KX36 kimberlite, sees commercial potential

Botswana Diamonds recently acquired Petra Diamonds’ exploration assets in Botswana for $300000. The assets that were owned by Petra through its wholly-owned Sekaka Diamonds Exploration, include the KX36 project, a 3.5 hectare kimberlite that was a new...

07 september 2020

Indian diamond industry looks for recovery options

Webinars being the order of the day due to COVID-19 crisis, the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India organized a virtual meeting under its UNCUT 2020 Webinar series on 17 August 2020, inviting all stakeholders to discuss...

31 august 2020

India’s June polished diamond export slightly down; rough imports down 20.2%

19 july 2016
India’s cut & polished diamond exports for June 2016 amounted to $1.846 bn as against $1.853 bn in June ’15, a drop of 0.38 percent. In volume terms too, exports amounted to 2.62 mn cts in June ‘16 in comparison to 2.72 mn cts in June‘15, according to provisional data announced by the Gem & Jewellery Export promotion Council (GJEPC) of India.
Rough imports recorded a drop of 20.21 percent to $ 1.20 bn for June ’16 as against $ 1.50 bn in June ’15. In volume terms too, a decreased amount of 10.82 mn cts of rough was imported in June ’16 compared to 12.89 mn cts for the same month in year 2015, registering a drop of 15.9 percent.
Rough exports showed an increase of 26.59 percent, registering $129.74 mn for June ‘16 as against $102.49 mn for June ‘15. In volume terms too, rough totalling about 2.59 mn cts were exported in June ’16 compared to 2.19 mn cts for the same month in the previous year, registering an increase of 18.16 percent.
For the month of June ’16, cut & polished diamonds imported increased by 5.16 percent, recording about $252.31 mn as against $239.93 mn in June ’15.

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