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22 october 2018

China will have its large diamonds polished in Israel

04 july 2018
A new manufacturing facility that the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) and Israel Diamond Institute (IDI) are now building within the IDE complex will polish large diamonds from China.
IDE President Yoram Dvash and Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) President Lin Qiang met last week to sign a historic MOU between the two bourses that will help the two countries cooperate, including making available offices and spaces for trading, easing the way for members of each bourse to join the other, and allowing participation in courses given by each of the exchanges. Under the agreement the countries will help each other develop their diamond industries.
“This is a very unusual situation, whereby Chinese diamantaires will send their large diamonds to be polished in Israel. It is testimony to the well-known expertise of the Israeli polishers and the technological advances of the industry here,” said IDE President Yoram Dvash. “The establishment of our new polishing plant for large stones is part of the technological revolution we are implementing at IDE, which includes the launching of the largest online store in the world for selling diamonds. Technology is the way to lead the industry on a successful path to the future, especially in light of the recent challenges we have been facing.”
IDE and IDI are investing over $3 million in building the new plant for polishing large diamonds, which will be the most technologically advanced facility in the world.    

Victoria Quiri, Rough&Polished