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...

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...

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

De Beers inaugurated its GemFair pilot programme in Sierra Leone’s Kono District with 14-member mine sites in 2018 to create a secure route to market for ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale diamonds. GemFair programme manager Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg...

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CIBJO releases special report on the state of the jewellery industry

28 march 2014

With fewer than eight weeks to go to the opening of the 2014 CIBJO Congress in Moscow on May 19, 2014, the body released the special report the state of the jewellery industry made by the CIBJO Marketing & Education Commission, headed by Jonathan Kendall. According to the report, the year 2013 was a good one for the jewellery industry. Businesses across the industry achieved growth, many showing 5 percent-plus, with the United States positive but Europe slow. Emerging markets had a good first half, although the second half was a challenge for some, particularly India.
2014 has started well and the general feeling is of “cautious optimism.” The market in India has improved quite significantly, and China had a successful “New Year” period. Valentine’s Day reminded us “romance” is not dead and that jewellery is an ideal gift for expressing one’s feelings to loved ones.
However it is needed to keep a close eye on inventories as consumer confidence and consequently demand is still vulnerable to volatility depending on economic/geo-political issues. Though, so long as consumers feel relatively secure in terms of income, expect another solid year of sales for the jewellery industry, CIBJO experts expect.

Alex Shishlo, Editor in Chief of the European Bureau Rough&Polished