African diamond firms on COVID-19 response, recent developments

Rough & Polished recently contacted several diamond producers and exploration companies with operations in Africa to establish how their operations were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and what they are doing to alleviate the impact. We also sought...

01 june 2020

“Get Diamonds” platform will soon be available in Russian, Hindi, Arabic and any other languages as per demand from any countries

A first-generation diamantaire Yoram Dvash, currently serving as the Acting President at World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the President of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), launched his diamond manufacturing and trading...

25 may 2020

Sustainability is the only way forward - Rahul Jauhari

Rahul Jauhari, Sr Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Star Rays, has forged ahead professionally for more than 14 years garnering experience in Business Development, Luxury Lifestyle Consultancy, Market Analysis, Global Fashion / Luxury trend...

18 may 2020

Keeping global supply chains functioning vital – De Beers

Diamond giant, De Beers has said that it is essential to keep global supply chains functioning in view of the substantial impact of Covid-19 on the industry. Group spokesperson David Johnson told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview...

11 may 2020

Gabon courts foreign investors to grow fledgling diamond sector

Diamond production in Gabon, which has been a member of the Kimberley Diamond Certification Process since 2018, is currently dominated by artisanal miners. The artisanal miners are producing about 300 carats per month, according to Gabon’s director of...

05 may 2020

Chow Tai Fook to shut 40 stores temporarily in Hong Kong and Macau

12 february 2020

chow_tai_fook _logo.pngChow Tai Fook Jewellery Group (CTF) has announced that it was temporarily shutting down 40 stores across Hong Kong and Macau due to the fear of coronavirus spreading, keeping shoppers away. CTF had taken similar steps in Mainland China as governments and mall managements urged retailers to temporarily shut operations.
Meanwhile, in HK and Macau, it is said that the remaining stores will shorten their operating hours, and close by 7 pm. However, it clarified that it had no plans to lay-off employees, and all frontline staff would either be encouraged to take their annual leave or be accommodated in other stores that are currently open.
All the measures announced will continue ‘till further notice’, as per CTF’s statement.

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