Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif recently unveiled a new corporate logo and colors for multi-brand jewelry and lifestyle retailer Gitanjali Group. The new logo is a reflection of the group’s move further downstream from its diamond manufacturing roots, the company said. Image of Katrina Kaif at the Nakshatra jewelry launch in 2008 is from www.bollywoodhungama.com
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ICBC, the world’s largest bank, is interested in financing diamond transactions, according to a memorandum of understanding it recently signed with the AWDC. The first such financing is expected to take place before the end of 2011.
Investigators plan to pry open the final vault hidden deep under a centuries-old Indian Hindu temple as police guarded round the clock the shrine where billions of dollars worth of treasure has been discovered. Over the last week a seven-member team of investigators has broken into five of the six secret subterranean vaults piled high with jewels that have lain untouched for hundreds of years.
AFP reports the Antwerp diamond industry, world capital of the gem, on Monday announced an investment deal with leading Chinese bank ICBC, which could act as an intermediary to provide finance for diamond transactions in Antwerp. Around 80% of the trade in uncut diamonds and half of world trade in cut stones transits through the Flemish town, which is facing increasing competition, including from India.
Israel’s net polished diamond exports totaled $4.3 billion in the first six months of 2011, growing 33.9% year-over-year, according to the country’s Ministry of Industry.
Diamond prices continue to soar, with rough prices up 27pc in 2010 to levels higher than before the crisis. Prices have continued to rise this year, but high prices may now be putting buyers off. Anecdotal evidence of this "demand destruction" has started to emerge. On Thursday, sector observer Rapaport noted that, although demand is still strong, caution had entered some markets.
Israel’s rough diamond trade leaped by nearly 40% in the first six months of 2011, according to figures released by the country’s Ministry of Industry.
The RJC on Monday announced that Charles Perroud, a major French producer of gold jewelry, has become certified against the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards established by the RJC Member Certification System.
Global polished diamond prices rose sharply during the second half of June, and are showing no signs of a pull-back. The price increases were driven by wide consumer demand and optimism among wholesalers.
The Diamond Trading Company (DTC) on Friday advised all applicants for the DTC’s 2012-2015 Supplier of Choice contract period that there is just one week left to submit their completed Contract Proposal Questionnaires (CPQs).
Indians will have to quote their income tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) if they buy jewelry worth more than $11,220 (Rs. 500,000) as of Friday.
Botswana Diamonds (LON:BOD) issued a mixed update on its exploration activities in Botswana but believes there are enough positives for it to press ahead with work aimed at furthering the assessment of its key prospects, most notably the AK9 structure, which is believes to hold considerable upside potential. The company is currently intent on refining the grade per ton and value per carat of diamonds discovered by prior work in kimberlites AK9, AK8 and BK5 in Botswana.
Sierra Leone’s largest diamond-mining company, Koidu Holdings, says it has secured funding for the $150-million expansion at the Koidu kimberlite project and implementation is gaining momentum. CEO Jan Joubert reports that the expansion project incorporates all the currently evaluated kimberlite resources on the property. The richer K1 pipe, which was mined by vertical pit methods between 2005 and 2007, is currently being redeveloped to be brought back into production by the end of this year.
During a review of earlier work on AK9, prior to beginning the bulk sampling, it was discovered from an analysis of micro diamonds that a potential high grade kimberlite could exist under the overburden and basalt layer. The historic overall grade of 2.5 to 3.5 cpht could be low due to basalt dilution.
Russia and the Yakutia region plan to reduce their combined holding in the Alrosa diamond miner to 50 percent plus one share during the next three years, deputy finance minister Alexei Savatyugin said on Friday.
The Israel Diamond Institute Group (IDI) representative office in Hong Kong, IDI – Asia Pacific, has a new managing director. Michal Gordon-Keret replaces Orly Yaffe, who opened the office in July 2007.
Her love for jewelry was so celebrated, Christie's decided to hold a gala Evening Sale of Elizabeth Taylor's most magnificent jewels. The auction house plans a series of public exhibitions and special events leading up to the sale of Taylor's collection. Studio publicity portrait of Elizabeth Taylor is from Wikipedia.
Most Australians have never heard her name, but WA's biggest diamond producer hopes Hong Kong celebrity Louisa So Yuk Wa will help launch it into one of the world's fastest-growing jewellery markets.
SW Radio Africa reports the seemingly unilateral decision by the chairman of the international diamond trade watchdog to allow Zimbabwe to resume diamond exports has been rejected by among others the United States, Canada and Israel. Some members of the industry body want to keep a ban on exports of Zimbabwe's diamonds which could potentially be worth $2bn/year and include a vast stockpile built up during international sanctions, because of ongoing smuggling out of the rich Chiadzwa fields and reports of sustained human rights abuses there.
The Dar es Salaam Citizen reports Tanzanite One Mining, the dominant miner of the rare gemstone only found in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, has been ordered to increase the minimum wage for its employees from Sh180,000 to Sh350,000 per month (roughly US$215) as directed by the government. London-listed Tanzanite One has returned to profitability as prices for the gems which usually follow that of rough diamonds improve post-recession and is embarking on an expansion strategy, acquiring an Australian sapphire project earlier in June and reshuffling its board.
The Osama bin Laden household in Pakistan's Abbottabad town used to buy and sell gold jewellery, perhaps as a way to raise money, it has emerged. Nearly two months after bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs who raided his Abbottabad hideout in the early morning hours of May 2. Photo is from the U.S. Government.
With the Hong Kong show not having generated the sort of red hot demand that dealers expected, polished diamond prices in Mumbai have remained relatively stable.
The New York Diamond Dealers Club (DDC) and the Indian Diamond and Colorstone Association (IDCA) have agreed on reciprocal membership. IDCA represents some 200 Indian-American businesses in the U.S. diamond sector.
In an event full of music, art and goodwill, the Israel Diamond Exchange raised 1.25 million NIS ($364,000) for an organization that helps the sick and their families.
China’s massive appetite for commodities is creating concerns for the global economy, the environment and workers in other countries. In a series of reports, VOA is looking at the economic power modern China wields. Chinese government and company officials are signing agreements at a dizzying pace around the world, including in places where few other foreigners invest.