Demand for large lab-grown polished diamonds will grow in high-income countries

Anastasia Shramko is an expert in precious stones, rough and polished diamond market, and an analyst. She is an author of the course “Lab-Grown Diamonds: Gemology and the Market” conducted on the site and in collaboration with the GemAcademia (International...

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Waiting for Godot?: Botswana Diamonds awaits Zim kimberlite concessions application outcome

Diamond explorer, Botswana Diamonds applied for kimberlite concessions in the Northwest of Zimbabwe in late 2020. Company managing director James Campbell told Rough&Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that they are still waiting for...

16 may 2022

“The demand far exceeds the supply,” says Dev Shetty, Founder-President & CEO of Fura Gems

In 2017, after a decade as chief operating officer and board member at Gemfields a coloured gemstone mining company, Dev Shetty took the courageous step of starting, from scratch, a mining company. He named it FURA Gems. Today, it is one of the largest...

09 may 2022

Igor Kulichik: The diamond market is now in the initial phase of turbulence

Igor Kulichik is a well-known expert in the diamond market. He has worked in the diamond industry for 20 years: he was CFO of ALROSA from 2002 to 2017, and a member of the Board of Directors of AGD Diamonds from 2018 to 2022. He is also a member of the...

02 may 2022

There is a classic phrase: “Art is an Ambassador of Peace.” And this is true

Chief Expert of the Gokhran (State Valuables Depository) of Russia Veronika Voldaeva, Art History Ph.D., Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, author and compiler of the decorative and applied section of the Gokhran’s collection...

25 april 2022

FCRF: Fancy color diamonds best investment category for next generation

08 april 2021
The Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) has published a new article to shed light on Fancy Color Diamonds as an investment category. 
The article seeks to answer the following questions: What are the benefits of investing in Fancy Color Diamonds in comparison to other luxury collectibles? Which platform enables short-term trading for these natural diamonds? And what are the pros and cons compared to other investments?
The takeaways from the article are: Investing in fancy color diamonds is profitable, but investors need to calibrate their expectations with timeline, expected margins and the platform for liquidation. Fancy color diamonds have appreciated - by 241% for blue and 366% for pink diamonds since 2005 - so least volatile among traditional and alternative asset classes. Individually owned fancy color diamond jewelry usually matures as an investment over a long period. Also, they can usually be passed down to loved ones without being subjected to inheritance taxes. And although most collectors are aware that they may be sold to another collector, their main motivation seems to be the pleasure of exhibiting their refined taste and celebrating their success.
The full version of the article is posted on the FCRF site.

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