De Beers only selling Elizabeth Bay Mine in Namibia, move to sustain operations beyond 2019

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15 april 2019

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08 april 2019

Lucapa’s Wetherall on the past, present and the future

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01 april 2019

India’s gem and jewellery industry expects the government will consider its demand for lower import duty on raw materials

A go-getter at heart, with an attitude to match, Pramod Kumar Agrawal, Chairman of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India is a man in a hurry. He has not left any stone unturned to bring back the Indian gem & jewellery...

25 march 2019

WGC: Global gold jewellery demand up by 6% in Q3

09 november 2018
Global demand for gold jewellery during the quarter ended September 30, 2018, rose by 6% year-on-year driven largely by stronger demand from price-sensitive consumers, and growth in key markets India and China, says World Gold Council in its quarterly publication, Gold Demand Trends.
The report said that gold jewellery demand rose from 505.8 tonnes during the same quarter last year to 535.7 tonnes during the current year.
Demand in India bounced back after two consecutive quarters of y-o-y declines, rising by 10% to 148.8t. A significant dip in gold prices in August also boosted demand in India, though currency fluctuations sent prices soaring again soon after.
China too reported jewellery demand of 174.2t in Q3, a 10% increase over Q3’17. Demand benefitted from the Qixi and Mid-Autumn festivals.
Middle Eastern jewellery demand remained under pressure in the face of geopolitical stress, down 12% y-o-y to 37.7t.
Iranian jewellery demand saw the largest fall in the region for the second consecutive quarter, down almost 60% y-o-y in Q3, while Turkey saw demand slump 31% due to a rising and volatile gold price.
Egypt marked the third consecutive quarter of growth with a 17% y-o-y rise in jewellery demand.

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