Diamond Stocks Articles

Jeweler Sues Bank over $1.6m Cyber-Fraud

January 11, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX online) - A family jewelry business in the US is suing its bank after cybercriminals stole $1.6m from its accounts.Joyce's Jewelry, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, accuses PNC Bank, of failing to "keep its hard-earned money safe". In a lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Pittsburgh it alleges the bank failed to notify it or freeze its four accounts when they were hacked.The...Read More

Lesotho Diamond Miners Accused of River Pollution

January 11, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Diamond miners in Lesotho have been accused of polluting rivers in the landlocked kingdom.The royalties it receives from South Africa for water far outweigh its annual diamond revenue.  (Forecast at $70m compared to $12.7bn for the current financial year).But a confidential report reveals harmful levels of toxic mining effluent in rivers that feed the Lesotho Highlands Water P...Read More

Titan Revenue up 12% over Festive Period

January 10, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Titan, India's largest branded jewelry maker, says overall sales were up 12 per cent year-on-year during the last quarter of 2022.Revenue was buoyed by positive consumer sentiment combined with Diwali in October and a busy wedding season.Sales of jewelry across its 2,362 stores were up 11 per cent, watches and wearables rose 14  per cent and eyecare revenue was up 10 per...Read More

Second Auction for Part-Time Diamond Diggers

January 10, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Almost 300 carats recovered by part-time diggers in India's diamond-rich Panna district will again be offered for sale next month, after they failed to find buyers in October.There was little enthusiasm at the first auction, conducted by the Panna Diamond Office, which leases small patches of land and takes a 11.5 per cent royalty.The 158 diamonds which failed to sell last tim...Read More

Botswana Rough Sales Surge in 2022

January 10, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Botswana saw rough diamond sales rise by at least quarter in 2022 as buyers turned their backs on Russian goods.Total sales from January to November were $4.46bn, according to the latest figures from the Bank of Botswana, an increase of 22 per cent. Sales figures for December are due next month.The diamonds are mined by Debswana, the joint venture between De Beers and the governmen...Read More

Conmen "Switch $118,000 of Diamonds for Worthless Fakes"

January 09, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Police in India are hunting three men alleged to have duped a diamond dealer by switching genuine stones worth $118,000 with fakes.They visited the victim's office at the Bharat Diamond Bourse, Mumbai, where they examined and photographed a selection of diamonds and their pouches.They returned later, chose 320 carats and asked for them to be set aside until while they went to...Read More

Qatar Royals Battle over 70-ct Idol's Eye Diamond

January 09, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Members of Qatar's royal family are locked in a legal battle over The Idol's Eye, a 70.21-carat Golconda diamond with an estimated $10m value.Qipco, a private investment company run by art collector Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah al-Thani has filed a lawsuit in London against Elanus Holdings Limited, based in Guernsey.Qipco claims Elanus is owned by the late Sheikh Saud bin Mo...Read More

Calls to Abolish Lab Grown Diamond Duty

January 09, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - The Indian government is facing calls to abolish import duties on seeds, the raw materials for lab grown diamonds.Industry leaders are also pressing for a presumptive taxation policy on diamonds at special notified zones and a more 'friendly' jewelry repair policy.All the moves outlined would create jobs and boost exports, according to Colin Shah, former chairman of the G...Read More

Modi's Luxury Apartments to be Auctioned

January 08, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) -  A pair of $1m apartments owned by fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi are to be auctioned.Modi, 51 is facing extradition from the UK back to India, where he is accused of a $1.85bn fraud against the Punjab National Bank (PNB).The Debts Recovery Tribunals will sell the two adjoining flats, on the 16th floor of the luxury Yoo Pune development, in Pune, in the western state of Mahar...Read More

20,000 Diamond Jobs Axed in Surat in a Month

January 08, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - An estimated 20,000 diamond workers have lost their jobs in Surat, India, in the last month, as global demand slumps, according to a report in Economic Times.Most of the city's 4,000 manufacturing units are said to working at just 60 to 70 per cent capacity, according to Damji Mavani, the secretary of Surat Diamond Association (SDA).The city's 800,000 diamond workers are...Read More

New York Jeweler, 79, Fighting for Life after Savage Raid

January 08, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - The elderly owner of a New York jewelry store is fighting for his life after he was savagely beaten in a $100,000 raid.Manny Cohen, 79, was attacked by two men who forced their way into Roxy Jewelry, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, as he was closing for the day.His son Shawn was worried when he didn't answer his phone and scrolled back through the surveillance footage....Read More

A Second Month of Decline for US Watch and Jewelry Sales

January 05, 23 / IDEX Online

(IDEX Online) - Watch and jewelry sales in the US for November were down 3.8 per cent year-on-year. October's figure, initially reported as a fall of 1.9 per cent, has since been revised down, based on actual through-the-till transactions rather than estimates, to 3.4 per cent, according to the latest figures from the Department of Commerce. Likewise September has been revised from a 1.3...Read More

Going Underground Again for US Sapphires

January 05, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Underground mining for sapphires has resumed in Montana, USA, after four decades.The long-dormant Yogo Mine, close to the town of Utica, is being revived. And after two years of surface mining, operators Yogold USA are now going underground.They've dug a 3,000ft tunnel and are extracting up to 100 tons of ore today, in search of Yogo sapphires which range in color from deep co...Read More

Jewelry and Watch Sales Fall in Hong Kong

January 05, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Sales of jewelry in Hong Kong fell last November, according to newly-released figures.Total retail sales fell year-on-year by 4.2 per cent. The figure for jewelry, watches, clocks, and valuable gifts was almost double that, at 8.3 per cent (The Census and Statistics Department does not provide a more detailed breakdown). Total sales were $372m.The sectors that fared worse were comm...Read More

Record Rise and Record Fall Leave IDEX Polished Price Index Down 7.5% in 2022

January 05, 23 / IDEX Online

(IDEX Online) - 2022 proved to be a year of highs and lows, as the Index hit its highest point in over a decade, then nose-dived to close the year down 7.5 per cent overall (from 142.86 in January to 132.15 in December).Even through the pandemic, aside from the very early months of 2020, the Index was climbing, and as lockdowns and travel restrictions were eased, it surged as never befor...Read More

Boucheron Turns Industrial Waste into Jewelry

January 04, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Luxury French jeweler Boucheron is using recycled industrial waste - which includes asbestos - in a new collection.Material that is usually crushed and used for road-building is vitrified - turned into a glassy (and harmless) substance called Cofalit -  through heat and fusion.Claire Choisne, the company's artistic director, saw the potential to cut and polish it for jewe...Read More

World Record for Ring with 17,524 Diamonds

January 04, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - An Indian jeweler has set a world record with a watch made of 17,524 natural hand-cut diamonds.Renani Jewels, in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, has been recognized by Guinness World Records for its Srinika bracelet timepiece, for "the most diamonds set on a watch".The watch, inspired by ancient Indian mythology, weighs 373.030 gram and contains 54.70 carats of diamonds, all E or F color an...Read More

BlueRock Beats the Wet Weather Blues

January 03, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - BlueRock Diamonds says it has now overcome the problems that cut its processing production by over a third during deluges last April and May.The unexpected rainfall at its Kareevlei mine, in South Africa, hampered access to high-quality kimberlite, forcing it to use lower grade ore and delay roll-out of its mining development plan.But in a trading update the London-based AIM-listed...Read More

Belgian "Carat Tax" Brings in Under Half its $74m Target

January 03, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Belgium's "carat tax" brought in $29.5m in 2020, far less than the $74m the government had expected.The new regime introduced in 2017, taxes the country's 1,200 or so diamond dealers on 2.1 per cent of revenue rather than profit.During the 2017 and 2018 tax years the carat tax brought in $84m and $104m, according to Belgian newspapers De Tijd and L'Echo.That's a...Read More

Indian Jeweler Launches Harry Potter Collection

January 03, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Indian Jeweler CaratLane has launched its own range of Harry Potter jewelry in a deal with Warner Bros.There are already a number of licensed collections based on JK Rowling's seven novels and films.The Harry Potter x CaratLane 14-karat gold collection of 61 rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and watch charms - some with with diamonds, gemstones, pearls, enamel, and&nb...Read More

Share to Youtube Share to Facebook Facebook Share to Linkedin Share to Twitter Twitter Share to Tiktok