Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

Huw Daniel is the CEO of Platinum Guild International, overseeing market development activities in China, Japan, India and the USA, on behalf of the platinum producers of South Africa. Before taking up this role in 2015, Huw ran PGI USA for 12 years...

13 september 2021

Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in...

06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

Alex Popov, President of the Moscow Diamond Exchange and head of the Âme jewelry brand, which uses lab-grown diamonds to produce jewelry, sat for an interview with Rough&Polished sharing his views on the coexistence of natural and man-made diamonds in...

23 august 2021

De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

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16 august 2021

China’s jewellery sales record 93.4% up in Q1

28 april 2021
Jewellery sales in China improved in Q1 recording a 93.4 per cent increase from the same period last year.  Retail sales of gold, silver and jewellery reached around $12.36 bn from January to March. This rise is attributed to the sustained strength in China’s retail sector. In March alone, sales hit around $4 bn up 83.2 per cent from a year ago, as per media reports.
The National Bureau of Statistics of China, jewellery was among the best-performing consumer goods segment, followed by catering services and automobile sales.
Throughout the first half of 2020, jewellery retailers in China suffered heavy losses, but sales began to recover in July as the country’s COVID-19 situation gradually improved.
Also, China noted that ‘Investment and consumption recovered steadily, employment and prices were generally stable, people’s basic livelihoods were safeguarded, and the national economy sustained steady recovery.’

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