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...

21 september 2020

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

Christie’s NY sale of diamond necklace yields $6.3 million

31 july 2020
Christie’s New York July 29th auction of Magnificent Jewels totaled $28,142,500 with 87% sold by value and 83% sold by lot.
The top lot of the sale was a sensational diamond necklace suspending a pear-shaped diamond of 115.83 carats, F color, VVS1 clarity, which realized $6,290,500.
Colored diamonds also led the sale, with a fancy intense blue diamond ring of 7.16 carats, Internally Flawless selling for $3,855,000; and a fancy light purplish pink diamond ring of 7.65 carats, which sold for $819,000.
Important signed pieces offered within the sale received competitive bidding and exceeded initial estimates including a pair of gold ‘Pendantif-Pendant’ earrings which achieved $125,000 against its low estimate of $10,000; a set of opal jewelry by Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co. from The Collection of Gloria Manney that sold for $68,750 as well as many such extraordinary pieces.
The sale had global participation with clients registered from 34 countries.

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