Category «Industry»

Diamond Prices Firm Slightly with U.S. Optimism

Diamond trading slowed in November as Indian liquidity dried up and manufacturing shut down for Diwali. U.S. jewelers completed their inventory purchases and focused on selling during the holiday season rather than buying from overseas suppliers. Sentiment improved as the season began. Stock markets rallied to record highs on Thanksgiving weekend and the dollar strengthened …

MWEB Acquired by Internet Solutions

Today, Internet Solutions, the pan-African communications provider, announced through its parent company Dimension Data (Pty) Ltd, that it entered an agreement to acquire the business of MWEB and shareholders. If successful, the transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017. Read more

Trump Victory Improves Outlook for Diamonds and Jewelry

Trump’s election victory coupled with Republican control of Congress is expected to set the stage for improved economic conditions that will support increased demand for diamonds and jewelry. Lower taxes, higher domestic employment and the end of Obamacare will increase disposal income and encourage investment in local businesses. This will fuel new domestic economic growth. …

Diamond Prices Decline in October

Diamond markets were quiet in October with wholesale businesses closing for the respective Chinese, Jewish and Indian holidays. Trading slowed as larger U.S. holiday orders were already filled and dealers shifted to accommodate specific requirements from their retail customers. The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™) for one-carat, RapSpec-A3+ polished diamonds fell 2.3% in October. The index …

Diamond Prices Stable in September

Diamond markets were steady in September. Sentiment improved as trading at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, a bellwether for the industry, was better than expected even though buyers refrained from large inventory purchases. The polished market was supported by relatively high rough prices as suppliers held polished prices firm, preferring to delay sales …

UN Commission: New Investments in Global Health Workforce Will Create Jobs and Drive Economic Growth

The Presidents of France and South Africa today called for urgent investments globally to create new jobs in the health sector in order to prevent a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers primarily in low- and lower-middle-income countries, and help countries to maximize the social and economic benefits of increased health employment. The High-Level …

Diamond Prices Mixed in Slow August Trading

One-carat diamond prices remain under pressure with low trading volume during the August vacation period. Polished inventory is increasing with steady manufacturing and sluggish demand as dealers prepare for the fourth-quarter holiday season. Some improvement in under-the-carat goods as Chinese bridal demand stabilizes. The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™) for 1-carat diamonds fell 0.8% in August. …