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Jewelry Worth Millions Stolen from Brink's Truck

Jul 20, 2022 / Joshua Freedman

RAPAPORT... US authorities are investigating the theft of jewelry worth millions of dollars from a Brink's armored vehicle in California last week, one of the biggest gem robberies on record.The truck was transporting goods to the International Gem & Jewelry Show in Pasadena, California, exhibition director Brandy Swanson told Rapaport News on Tuesday. The victims were 16 to 18 vendors. T...Read More

Swiss Watch Exports Rise as US Strengthens

Jul 20, 2022 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... Increased US demand drove an increase in exports of Swiss watches in June as growth in the key market outweighed weakness in the Far East.Outgoing shipments of Swiss timepieces climbed 8% year on year to CHF 2.13 billion ($2.2 billion) globally for the month, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry reported Tuesday.Supply to the US, the sector's largest market, grew 18% to CHF...Read More

Sanctioned Alrosa Makes Eurobond Payments in Roubles

July 20, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Alrosa says it will make interest payments on two $500m Eurobonds in roubles after dollar payments proved to be "technically impossible".The Russian miner, sanctioned since the invasion of Ukraine in February, said in a statement yesterday that it was "fully committed" to its payment obligations.Corporations like Alrosa use Eurobonds - fixed-income debt instruments - to raise funds...Read More

Petra's Annual Revenue Rises by 44%

July 20, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Petra diamonds reports a year-on-year revenue leap of 44 per cent, driven by price hikes in the rough market and the resumption of work at its Williamson mine, in Tanzania.The UK-based miner said prospects remained positive, despite short to medium volatility because of the war in Ukraine and sanctions on Russian producers and COVID-19.Revenue for financial year ending 30 June 2022...Read More

Price Jump Lifts Petra Revenue

Jul 19, 2022 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... Petra Diamonds' sales surged in the past fiscal year as the company benefited from stronger rough demand and the resumption of production at its Williamson mine in Tanzania.Revenue jumped 44% to $584.1 million for the 12 months ending June 30, the miner reported Tuesday. Prices climbed 42% on a like-for-like basis compared to the previous year."The most recent tender in June highlighte...Read More

Gem Diamonds' Leteng Mine Yields 114ct. Rough

Jul 19, 2022 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... Gem Diamonds has recovered a 114-carat rough from its Leteng mine in Lesotho, its fourth stone above 100 carats in the past two months.The company unearthed the high-quality, white, type I diamond at the deposit on July 16, Gem Diamonds said Tuesday. The discovery closely followed that of an "exceptional-quality," 245-carat rough on June 11, a 125-carat diamond on May 31, and a high-qu...Read More

India Diamond Shipments See Moderate Growth

Jul 19, 2022 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... India's polished-diamond exports rose 2% year on year in June, reflecting a sharp climb in the average price, according to recent data from the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). The increase follows a 4% jump in shipments for May.India Trade Data for June 2022  Read More

Michael Hill Records Highest-Ever Revenue

Jul 19, 2022 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... Australian jeweler Michael Hill reported the highest revenue in its history during the fourth fiscal quarter and full year amid improved business in Canada and record online sales.Group sales jumped 17% to AUD 135.7 million ($92.4 million) in the three months ending June 26, the company said last week. Same-store sales - at branches open more than a year - grew 2.1%.Same-store sales in...Read More

India's Gem and Jewelry Exports Rise, Buoyed by UAE Agreement

July 19, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - India's gross exports of polished diamonds were $2.01bn in June, a dollar rise of 2.25 per cent on the same month last year.The figure for the three months from April to June was $6.27bn, a dollar increase of 1.09 per cent.Overall gross exports of all gems and jewlery were $3.2bn in June, a year-on-year dollar rise of 14.5 per cent, as India reaped the benefits of its Comprehe...Read More

Richemont Reports a 12% Hike in Revenue

July 19, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Richemont reported significant increases in its US and European sales in the three months to June, but a plunge in its revenue from China.The Swiss-based luxury company, that counts Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Jaeger-leCoultre and Piaget among its 26 maisons, said total sales for the quarter were $5.27 billion, an overall growth rate of 12 per cent.Richemont reported 20 per ce...Read More

Luk Fook Sales Fall Amid China Lockdowns

Jul 18, 2022 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... Hong Kong jeweler Luk Fook's sales slipped 1% in the first fiscal quarter as the health situation deteriorated in mainland China.Total same-store sales - at Luk Fook outlets open for more than a year - in China dropped 28% year on year for the three months ending June 30, the company said last week. Same-store sales of gold priced by weight fell 30%, while purchases of fixed-price jewe...Read More

Hong Kong Jewelry Auction Racks Up $25M

Jul 18, 2022 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... A ruby and diamond ring by Cartier was the star of the most recent jewelry sale at Poly Auction in Hong Kong, fetching HKD 57.6 million ($7.3 million).The piece, which featured an 8.39-carat Burmese ruby surrounded by diamonds, also set a record for the highest price achieved by a ruby at auction, Poly Auction said last week. In total, the July 13 Magnificent Jewels sale garnered more...Read More

Guinness Certifies World's Largest Rough Emerald

Jul 18, 2022 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... It's official: Guinness World Records has verified the 7,525-carat Chipembele as the largest uncut emerald on record. The agency presented Israel-based Eshed-Gemstar with its sought-after certificate in April, after the company bought the stone from Gemfields last December for an undisclosed amount. Gemfields recovered the emerald a month earlier from its Kagem mine in Zambia, claiming...Read More

Rio Tinto Slashes 2022 Production Guidance

Jul 18, 2022 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... Rio Tinto has lowered its output forecast for the full year following challenges arising from Covid-19.The miner now expects production from the Diavik mine in Canada to be between 4.5 million and 5 million carats, it said last week. That compares with the 5 million to 6 million carats it predicted at the beginning of the year.Diamond production climbed 35% year on year to 1.1 million...Read More

Diamcor Achieves $246 per Carat Amid 'Strong Demand'

July 18, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Canadian junior miner  Diamcor achieved an average of US$246.62 per carat at its rough tender from the Krone-Endora at Venetia Project, in South Africa.That's down over a fifth on the $330 per carat it achieved in February, when it sold 3,063 carats for $1,010,406.It sold a total of 1,939.81 carats sold earlier this month, generating gross revenues of USD $478,3...Read More

Police in Israel Open Probe on 'Tindler Swindler'

July 18, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - A criminal investigation has reportedly been opened in Israel against "Tinder Swindler" Shimon Hayut, following a complaint from the Leviev family, owners of Leviev Diamonds.It follows Netflix's true-crime documentary which told how Hayut, 31, seduced numerous women over the Tinder dating app with his jet set lifestyle, then persuaded them to hand over money with claims that h...Read More

Brink's Mega-Jewel Heist Nets up to $150m

July 18, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Thieves who broke into an unattended Brink's security trailer in Southern California, USA, may have escaped with up to $150m in jewelry, gems, high-end watches, according to exhibitors.The vehicle was on its way from the International Gem and Jewelry Show in San Mateo, south of San Francisco, to an event at the Pasadena Convention Center, northeast of Los Angeles. Guards who h...Read More

Four Charged over Pink Diamond Fraud

July 18, 22 / Staff reporter

(IDEX Online) - Four Canadian men have been charged at a court in Ohio, USA, with a pink diamond and jewelry investment fraud following an FBI probe.They are alleged to have cold-called potential investors in the US and Canada and persuaded them to make small investments in pink diamonds, which, they claimed, would increase in value.    The defendants claimed to work for Paragon Int...Read More

Why Can't De Beers and Botswana Reach a Deal?

Jul 17, 2022 / Joshua Freedman

RAPAPORT... Until December 2021, De Beers cited Covid-19 as the reason for repeated delays to its talks with Botswana over a new sales deal. The old agreement was supposed to expire at the end of 2020. De Beers and the government extended the existing arrangement for a year. With the pandemic's logistical challenges remaining, they deferred it again for another six months.The miner is no long...Read More

June Sales Feel Impact of Inflation

Jul 17, 2022 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... US retail sales saw soft growth in June as consumer prices climbed, especially for essential goods.Revenue rose 1% from the previous month, versus a 0.1% decrease in May, according to data the US Census Bureau released last week. June sales climbed 8% compared with a year earlier. Inflation is causing consumers to modify their spending behavior and prioritize essentials such as food, e...Read More

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