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

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...

16 august 2021

U.S. Online Retail Sales +15%

02 december 2014

U.S. sales at brick-and-mortar retailers disappointed analysts over the Thanksgiving weekend with preliminary estimates falling by 11.3 percent year on year to $50.9 billion, according to Rapaport citing the National Retail Federation. However, ecommerce sales continued to show robust growth on both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, as followed by comScore Inc.
“Thanksgiving and Black Friday both saw exceptionally strong online growth rates as each day surpassed $1 billion in desktop spending,” said comScore's chairman emeritus, Gian Fulgoni. “It’s clear that the online holiday rush is getting off to a very good start and is reason for optimism as we get into the heart of the buying season.”
For the first 28 days of the Christmas spending season, which comScore defined as November 1 to December 31,  online retail sales have risen 15 percent year on year to $22.7 billion. Online sales for Thanksgiving Day jumped 32 percent to $1 billion, while they rose 26 percent on Black Friday to $1.5 billion, comScore noted.
The comScore 2014 holiday forecast suggests that U.S. consumers will spend $61 billion with retailers through their desktop computer this season, representing a 16 percent increase from 2013, while mobile ecommerce is expected to jump 25 percent to $7.9 billion.