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LET'S STOP KIDDING OURSELVES: SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS HAVE INVISIBLY INTEGRATED INTO OUR POSLISHED SUPPLIES; ARE WE HEADING FOR INDUSTRY SUICIDE?
13 June 2013
In our 2012 Diamond Pipeline, we put global polished demand at polished wholesale prices (PWP) at US$18.7 billion, of which, we stated, some US$0.5 billion came from synthetic (man-made...
REFLECTIONS ON DE BEERS' PRICING POLICIES
06 June 2013
Traditionally, just before the JCK Las Vegas show, De Beers would give some indication on expected price increases, expected shortages, or something similar, to boost the mood of the bu...
INDIAN BANKS' $1 BILLION FIASCO
30 May 2013
The consortium of Indian banks that had financed gold transactions for Winsome Diamonds & Jewellery (a listed company formerly called Su-Raj Diamonds) has privately informed its governm...
A GAME-CHANGER IN TRANSACTION TRANSPARENCY: FINANCING INVOICES COUNTERSIGNED BY BUYER
24 May 2013
The diamond downstream industry has been suffering from the lack of profitability for quite a few years in a row, and the prospects of improvement in the near or even mid-term are not g...
INDIA'S DIAMOND WOES
16 May 2013
Last year was a lousy year for the global diamond industry. Nowhere is that more visible than in India. In recent months, India's troubles have been mounting even more, as the banks, sh...
A HOUSE HOPELESSLY DIVIDED
09 May 2013
There is one World Diamond Council (WDC). But now there are two diamond worlds. Though, ostensibly, all delegates attending the WDC's ninth annual general meeting (AGM) this week in Tel...
INDUSTRY AT REGULATORY CROSSROADS
05 May 2013
"Conflict diamonds is something the industry has put a lot of effort into addressing. Now we've moved beyond that. Conflict diamonds are a non-issue compared to social responsibility." ...
REFLECTIONS ON A 'TAX AMNESTY'
24 April 2013
"Everybody Does It!" is the title of a new book by Prof. Dr. Michel Maus of the Free University of Brussels, one of Belgium's most eminent fiscal and legal experts. The subtitle of the ...
THE OECD’S DIAMOND CONNECTION: FROM GUIDANCE INTO EU LAW
18 April 2013
Last week we exposed the existence of a new self-appointed group engaging in a conflict-diamond and supply chain dialogue with the OECD. The group, which we dubbed the Brad Teleconferen...
THE HIJACK OF INDUSTRY’S CONFLICT DIAMONDS LEADERSHIP
10 April 2013
The date is April 4, 2013. The chairman of an African state-owned rough diamond marketing company found a bizarre and anonymous message in his e-mail inbox. The subject: "Save the Date ...
2012: YEAR OF VOLATILITY, LOSSES AND UNCERTAINTIES
03 April 2013
The best thing one can do about 2012 is to simply forget that it ever happened! The market contraction and the drop in rough and polished prices that started in the last quarter of 2011...
IIA TECH - THE WORLD’S LARGEST SYNTHETIC DIAMOND MINE
29 March 2013
Last year, in a front-page editorial, we crowned Jatin Mehta as the "New Global Gem-Quality Synthetic Diamond Czar", after reporting on his successful buy-out of all minority shareholde...
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