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

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06 september 2021

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

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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

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23 august 2021

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

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16 august 2021

Total Physical Silver Demand Increased by 10% in 2013

19 may 2014

Total physical silver demand rose by 13 percent in 2013 to an all-time high, according to “World Silver Survey 2014, recently released by the Silver Institute. This was primarily driven by the 76 percent increase in retail investment in bars and coins coupled with a sturdy recovery in jewelry and silverware fabrication. On the supply side, silver scrap fell by 24 percent, experiencing the largest drop on record to reach its lowest level since 2001. The silver price averaged $23.79 in 2013, the third highest nominal average price on record, in a particularly volatile year for the entire precious metals complex.
Total physical demand for silver stood at a record 1,081 million ounces (Moz) last year. The largest component of physical silver demand, industrial applications, dipped by less than 1 percent to 586.6 Moz, to account for 54 percent of total physical silver demand.
Last year’s recovery in jewelry fabrication was a reflection of the improved economic outlook in the industrialized world, which lifted consumer confidence and retail sales for a 10 percent increase in jewelry demand. Global silverware fabrication rose 12 percent to a three-year high, due to strong gains in India and China, while photography demand slipped by 7 percent in 2013, posting the slowest percentage decline in nine years.
The total silver jewellery consumption translated to almost 200 Moz in 2013.

Olga Patseva, Editor in Chief of the American Bureau, Rough&Polished