It’s a technology that many believe will change the world as we know it, although few properly understand what it is exactly. It almost certainly will impact the diamond business, but in ways that are not fully realized at present.
Almost 20 years to the day that the UN Security Council adopted its first resolution concerning what would become known as conflict diamonds, the members of the system that was created in the wake of this decision, the Kimberley Process, are gathering in Antwerp.
No important event, sporting or otherwise, can be completely diamond-free, and certainly not the FIFA World Cup. The following are just some examples that indicate that when it comes to points in football, not all are on the pitch.
With the lights of Las Vegas fading gently into the background, the world’s jewelry industry sets its sights on Asia, and more specifically to the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, which will take place June 21 to 24, 2018.
JCK Las Vegas, the premier trade show in the world’s largest diamond jewelry market, wrapped its 2018 edition at the Mandalay Bay convention center on June 4 on a generally optimistic note.
Not only does the company aim to protect the position of the natural diamond, but the way it is positioning its new jewelry products is likely to cut deeply into the profits of the other synthetic diamond producers.
The 6.16-carat pear-shaped fancy colored diamond called the Farnese Blue Diamond was the most celebrated item at the auction in Geneva, but it was not the most valuable jewel on offer.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires collecting personal data lawfully, and processing it only in the way that the individual to which it refers understood you would. It also requires taking appropriate measures to ensure that the data does not fall into the hands of others.
The world’s diamond and jewelry trade heads back one more time to Las Vegas’ golden Mandalay Bay resort, as next year the United States’ premier jewelry trade show, JCK Las Vegas, will be relocating back to the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
The renewed fascination with diamond jewelry inspired by the royal romance was good news for the British gem and jewelry trade, which had experienced a tough year in 2016, although also stabilization toward the end of 2017.
While most of Canada’s known diamond deposits are located in the vast Northwest Territories, the Renard mine is the only functioning facility in the mainly French-speaking province of Québec, in the northeast of the country.
It began at Christie’s in New York on April 17, when a ring with a 3.09-carat fancy intense blue diamond as its center stone sold for $5.4 million. At Sotheby’s the next day a step-cut 3.47-carat fancy intense blue diamond in a ring sold for $6.7 million.
The Israeli government’s chief regulatory officer for the diamond industry has extended from three days to 30 days the tax-free inspection period allowed for imported diamonds.
Botswana’s most abundant producer of spectacularly large diamonds, Karowe, has done it again, yielding a 327-carat white, gem-quality diamond, the ninth-largest piece of rough ever discovered by the mine’s owner.
Buoyed by the enthusiastic response to its first edition in 2017, the CARAT+ show returns to Antwerp from May 6 to through May 8. MID House of Diamonds, which exhibited at the trade fair’s premiere showing, will be present once again.
CARAT+ will take place in Antwerp from May 6 through May 8. The International Jewellery Kobe (IJK) show will take place from May 16 through May 18.
The Diamond Controller at Israel’s Ministry of Economy has named MID House of Diamonds the country’s leading listed polished diamond exporter in 2017, making it the third consecutive year that the company has headed the table.
Together the shows will draw in thousands of exhibitors and well over 150,000 visitors. MID House of Diamonds will have a prominent presence, continuing its well-proven strategy of maintaining a physical presence in the world’s key markets.
MID House of Diamonds’ new app for mobile devices effectively transforms a smart cellular device into a loose polished diamond ordering office.
Change is the one constant that can be expected moving forward, noted Claudia D’Arpizio, a luxury industry expert at Bain & Company, speaking at the VISIO.NEXT summit at the VICENZAORO January jewelry show, focusing on the future of the jewelry trade during a transformational time for business in general.
Long and slender, the modest Baguette Cut diamond generally is overlooked, because of its frequent role as the supporting act. Often used as side stones to the centerpiece diamond in an item of jewelry, they are the most widely available step-cut diamonds.
A step-cut diamond, the Radiant is squarish or rectangular, and features straight sides and cut-off corners. Its brilliance can be compared with that of a Round Brilliant, which is unsurprising in that it employs a similar facet pattern on both its crown and pavilion.
Essentially an elongated variation of the Round Brilliant, an Oval Cut diamond likewise features 57 or 58 facets, and similar visual qualities. But, because it has a larger surface area, it seems bigger to the human eye than the round stone of the same weight.
Japan will become the focus for the much of the world diamond industry from January 24 through 27, 2018, as thousands of exhibitors and buyers gather at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition ground .
Blue was most definitely a dominant theme, as New York’s two leading auction houses closed out the 2017 season with magnificent jewelry sales.
The award will be officially made at a special gala event in Tel Aviv on December 12, in the presence of the Japanese Ambassador to Israel.
JMA Hong Kong is a show with twist. It is a cash and carry event, welcoming both trade professionals and members of the general public.
The company will begin accepting bitcoin as payment from clients, making it one of the world’s first gem dealers to recognize the crypto-currency as legal tender
Called the “Raj Pink,” it is estimated that the diamond will obtain a price of between $20 million and $30 million.
The wholesale trade plays a critically important role the geographically diverse jewelry market. It is extremely efficient in matching suppliers to buyers.
Just 100 years earlier, what is today the densely-packed diamond business district of metal and glass skyscrapers was largely open fields.
The Code of Practices defines responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards for the gemstone and jewelry business.
As the 2017 edition of United Kingdom’s premier jewelry show winds down, the market is provided insights as to what will happen to the diamond market when the country exits the European Union.
Following a journey that began deep below the earth’s surface, the stone travels across the counter in a jeweler’s store, and instantly adds more than 50 percent to its value. Part 4 of a 4-part series.
Each September, jewelers from around the world gather at International Jewellery London (IJL), the United Kingdom’s’ leading trade event for the international jewelry industry.
The anchor of the diamond trade is its rough diamond sector, which on an ongoing basis generates a steady flow of merchandise from mine to market. Part 2 of a 4-part series.
The 2.11-carat gem called the Argyle Everglow is said by Argyle to be the largest fancy red diamond ever to feature in the 33-year history of the pink tender.
While registering a moderate 0.8 percent rise between the first and second quarter of this year, fancy blue colored diamond prices were on average 5.5 percent higher than where they stood during the second quarter of 2016.
Reputation is a critical factor in maintaining consumer confidence, especially for a non-essential luxury product. If that reputation is damaged, consumers may simply choose to spend their discretionary income in other ways.
The online market phenomenon is not killing the traditional brick and mortar store, but it is forcing it to rethink the way it does business. Part 1 of a 3-part series.
A diamond’s cut not only refers to its shape, but also how effectively the stone can return light back to the viewer’s eye. A well-cut diamond will appear very brilliant and fiery, while a poorly cut stone can appear dark and lifeless.
To popularize fancy brown diamonds, Rio Tinto began a massive marketing campaign that referred to them by a variety of more attractive and frequently appetizing names.
Better results by Asia’s largest jewelry retailer was indicative of a general improvement in the region’s luxury markets, which had been in slowdown since the second half of 2015.
This year the show will celebrate its 30th anniversary, with about 2,200 exhibitors from 41 countries and regions, serving 25,000 professional buyers.
MID’s exhibition booth, which is greeting buyers from all over the world, is located in the Diamond Plaza, at Bayside, Level 1, stand B52017.
For registered users, the MID Online service is not simply a search tool, but a comprehensive business application, which even enables clients to customize and embed the application on their own websites, allowing their customers to search the MID database, as if it were their own.
For four days, through June 9, the 2017 JCK Show in Las Vegas will grab the attention and the imagination of the American and international trades, and for the 20th year running MID House of Diamonds will be there in full force
In developing its online sales platform MID sought to accomplish two goals: offering the access, choice and immediate response provided by e-commerce, while maintaining the confidence of clients who were used to physically examining the diamond.
For 43 days over the coming 12 months, teams of MID sales executives will staff company booths at a variety of diamond and jewelry trade fairs in eight different countries, essentially bringing the company, its people and its merchandise directly to its market.
Sotheby’s magnificent jewelry sale on May 16 features pink and blue diamond earrings that together could bring in more than $68 million. In April a pink diamond broke records when it sold for $71.2 million in Hong Kong.
MID’s Belgian team has employed a various of means, both classic and cutting edge, to draw in buyers traversing the exhibition area at the CARAT+ show.
There literally are thousands of reasons to visit MID’s booth at CARAT+, most of them round, brilliant or fancy shaped. But here are another five.
The new trade show is being billed as the only international fair today catering exclusively to buyers of loose diamonds, diamond jewelry and diamond-related services.
Kim Kardashian is expecting a new baby any day now, but she’s also expecting something else entirely: a push present worth about $1 million.
Every year around Christmas, The Knot – a huge wedding online resource in the US – publishes results of The Knot 2015 Jewelry & Engagement Study.
2016 has begun, and like every new year, it too will try to bring fresh, exciting trends in fashion and accessories. Since not every year can witness the re-invention of the wheel…
Last week, a Belgian publication called Flair Magazine made some international buzz with an original campaign: under the motto “If you want it done right, do it yourself”, the magazine launched an “Ask him to marry you” campaign, encouraging women to propose their partners.
Having a hard time finding a gift for your loved one on Valentine’s? According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation on Valentine’s Day spending trends, you can’t go wrong by sticking to one of these three classics – candy, a night on the town and of course – a piece of jewelry.
JCK Las Vegas is one of the premier jewelry events on the calendar with over 23,000 retailers and over 2,300 exhibitors from around the world showcasing new products, designs and trends from around the world.