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 Christmas ecommerce spending +15% to $48 billion

25 december 2014

U.S. Christmas-season ecommerce spending rose 15 percent to $48.3 billion for the period of November 1 to December 21, according to comScore Inc. press-release. The most recent week (December 15 to 21) posted a strong 18 percent rate of growth, representing $5.8 billion in ecommerce spending as tracked from desktops, according to the group. 
“This final week of online holiday shopping before Christmas was very strong, finishing off the season on a high note and virtually guaranteeing ecommerce spending will outperform our pre-season forecast,” said comScore's chairman emeritus, Gian Fulgoni. “We are now running at a 15 percent growth rate in desktop ecommerce for the season, which should be taken as a very positive sign for the economic health of both the U.S. consumer and the ecommerce channel as a whole."
Fulgoni also said that even with the heaviest spending days completed, there is still another $5 billion in seasonal spending that comScore expects will further boost retail sales before the end of December.

Theodor Lisovoy, Rough&Polished, Moscow