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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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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Apple Headhunts Tag Heuer Exec. Ahead of iWatch Launch

09 july 2014

TAG Heuer's vice president of sales, Patrick Pruniaux has left the Swiss luxury watch brand to take up a new position at Apple on July 7, Reuters reported cited by Rapaport.
Tag Heuer is owned by luxury goods group LVMH. A Tag Heuer spokeswomen said that Pruniaux was likely headhunted in a move to help the company launch its iWatch in the Autumn, according to Reuters.
Pruniaux's appointment hints to signs that Apple plans to position the iWatch as a luxury item. Jean-Claude Biver, head of the watches division at LVMH which oversees Tag Heuer, Zenith and Hublot, told Reuters that the threat of smart watches needs to be taken seriously by the Swiss watch industry.
He also told CNBC in an interview that Pruniaux's new role at Apple is a great opportunity. “If  he would have gone to my direct competitors, I would have felt a bit betrayed, but if he goes to Apple I think it is a great experience for him,” he said.