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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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

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Israel’s April Polished Exports -28%

15 may 2009

Israel’s polished diamond exports fell 28 percent to $269.1 million in April, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Polished exports fell 57 percent in the first quarter of 2009. Rough exports dropped 59 percent to $108.3 million in April, RAPAPORT reported.
The country’s total diamond exports, of rough and polished combined, fell 41 percent to $377.4 million in April. CBS did not provide separate rough and polished import data. Total imports declined 62 percent to $302.3 million. Israel’s April net diamond account, representing the extent to which total diamond exports exceeded imports, stood at $75.1 million, compared with a deficit of $146.5 million in April 2008.
During the first four months of the year, Israel’s polished exports decreased 52 percent to $1.2 billion, while rough exports dropped 68 percent to $435.3 million. Total exports fell 58 percent to $1.6 billion, and total imports declined 69 percent to $992.1 million. As a result, Israel’s net diamond account for January through April fell 11 percent to $649.4 million.