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  • The GIA's Forays into Diamond Tracking
    Jun 30, 2017

    What business does a gemological laboratory have telling stories about diamonds? That was the unspoken question Matt Crimmin had to answer in his presentations at JCK Las Vegas earlier this month. As vice president of lab operations ...

    Tags: Diamond, RFID

  • How to Survive as The Diamond Trade Shrinks
    Mar 27, 2017

    The diamond trade remains under pressure, and further contraction of the market is expected this year. Apart from being squeezed by high rough costs and declining polished prices, dealers lament there are too many players chasing the same ...

    Tags: Diamond Trade, Diamond

  • Rough Supply Signals Shift in Balance of Power
    Jan 16, 2017

    Profit is the new turnover in the diamond trade. As retail inventory levels continue to shrink due to recession-driven efficiencies, the trade has had to change its mindset. No longer can diamantaires play the high-volume production game: ...

    Tags: diamond trade, diamond

  • The Year Trust Returned to The Diamond Trade
    Jan 16, 2017

    There was little surprise when Time magazine named Donald Trump its ‘Person of the Year.’ Love him or hate him, Trump left his mark more than any other individual on 2016. Notably, the choice says as much about the impact he will ...

    Tags: Diamond, diamond industry

  • Chinese Luxury Spending to Reach 120 Bln USD in 2016
    Oct 17, 2016

    Chinese luxury spending is expected to reach 120.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2016, up 3 percent year on year, according to a report on Friday. The growth rate is down from last year's 10 percent as a sluggish economy dampens consumption ...

    Tags: Luxury Spending

  • Beijing Stores Cut Gold Prices on Slump
    Oct 11, 2016

    The biggest weekly slump in the global gold price led Beijing's gold stores to cut their prices for the first time this year. The price in Beijing declined by 10 yuan ($1.5) per gram on Sunday. This was the first cut, following six earlier ...

    Tags: Gold, Gold Prices

  • Hong Kong Show Keeps Holiday Hopes Alive
    Sep 27, 2016

    Last week's Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair set an improved tone for the diamond market despite challenging conditions in the Far East. Overall, it should be considered a good show as dealer trading picked up after a very slow summer. After ...

    Tags: Hong Kong Jewellery&Gem Fair

  • Dubai Probing Rough Diamond Values
    Sep 21, 2016

    From the get go, the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) chairmanship of the Kimberley Process (KP) had a fair share of controversies as civil society, and a number of member states, expressed their concern with seating the 2016 chair in Dubai. ...

    Tags: UAE, KP

  • Vegas Shows Reveal Stable, Fast-Changing Market
    Jun 20, 2016

    As a bellwether for the U.S. jewelry market and global diamond industry, this year's Las Vegas shows met the trade's conservative expectations. While foot traffic and diamond trading were slightly slower than previous years, jewelry sales ...

    Tags: jewelry market, Las Vegas

  • Three Things The Diamond Trade's Survival Depends on
    Jun 3, 2016

    The diamond industry is waking up to a new reality. Not only are the banks insisting on stricter compliance standards and pipeline integrity, but the largest mining companies and jewelry retailers are rapidly following suit. This is forcing ...

    Tags: diamond industry, diamond

  • 20 Home DIY Projects Designed with Kids in Mind
    Apr 21, 2016

    Welcome to another post from our With Kids in Mind series! Last time we took a look at the latest in useful, child-friendly decor, and today it’s all about DIY projects. When hunting for DIY projects that kids can benefit from (kids’ ...

    Tags: Crafting, DIY, Kids

  • Life on the Funny Farm: A Quirky Family by Isidro Ferrer and LZF Lamps
    Apr 21, 2016

    Life on the “Funny Farm” is a wonderful mishmash of the comical and the curious, with a cast of kooky characters expressing their personalities in a multitude of ways. To name but a few: we have Mad Mouse who believes he’s a cat in fancy ...

    Tags: LZF lamps, Funny farm

  • An Easter Decor Preview
    Mar 14, 2016

    With Easter just a little over a month away, some amazing seasonal decor has hit stores in anticipation of this very special holiday! Today we take a look at a few of the most interesting, eye-catching items so you can start bookmarking ...

    Tags: Easter Decor, Design

  • Valentine’s Day DIY: A Pastel Air Plant Terrarium
    Mar 14, 2016

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, do you hunt for creative ways to gift your loved ones? For fans of modern design, an air plant terrarium is an unexpected, fun choice. Give it a “heart day” twist with a few simple additions that make a sweet ...

    Tags: Valentine's Day, DIY

  • Chinese Dominate Overseas Markets in The Holiday
    Feb 15, 2016

    Chinese tourists comprised the major consumption force in overseas markets during the seven-day Spring Festival holiday starting from Feb. 7. Chinese purchasing made up 55.8 percent of overseas consumption in the period, reflecting a ...

    Tags: overseas markets, tax-free shopping