Record Figures Confirm Leadership Of Antwerp in Diamond Industry

Over the past twelve months, Antwerp clearly confirmed its leadership role in the global diamond trade and remains the preferred partner for diamond trade worldwide, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) said.

Despite heavy competition from rival diamond hubs, more goods were traded year on year. A total of 227.2 million carats of rough and polished diamonds were traded, with a total value of $58.8 billion, surpassing the 2012 record of $56.5 billion.

Petra Diamonds: Output Slips But Revenues Up

Petra Diamonds Limited has provided a trading update (unaudited) for the six months ended 31 December, 2014 (H1 FY 2015) ahead of the publication of the company's Interim Results for the period on 19 February.

Production was down 2% to 1,601,069 carats (H1 FY 2014: 1,634,576 carats), and Petra revised its full year production guidance from around 3.2 million carats to about 3.3 million carats.

Marginal Increase In Israeli Diamond Exports In 2014, According to Official Figures

In 2014, the Israeli diamond industry maintained its export achievements of 2013, with a slight rise of $160 million in total polished and rough exports, according to figures published by the Ministry of Economy’s Diamond Controller Shmuel Mordechai.
Israel’s total combined exports of polished and rough diamonds stood at $9.324 billion in 2014, compared to $9.166 billion in 2013.
Net polished diamond exports totaled $6.269 billion in 2014, a rise of 0.6% over the previous year.

Indian Gold Demand Seen Jumping 10%


A report from Indian investment information and credit rating agency ICRA sees domestic Indian demand for gold jewelry jumping by 10% this year.
The good news in the report – 'Indian Gold Jewellery Retail Industry' – follows the Indian central bank's repeal of the 80:20 scheme under which Indian gold importers had to commit to exporting 80% of the gold they imported while only keeping 20% for domestic sale.
The 80:20 scheme led to a rise in smuggling of the yellow metal.

Belgian Polished Exports Up On Year In July

Belgian exports of polished diamonds in July rose to $1.381 billion from $1.322 billion a year before, according to figures published by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC).

Exports in volume terms last month totaled 756,043 carats, from the figure of 696,684 carats in July 2013.

Exports rose by 35.6 percent in carat terms on the figure for June and increased by 1.4 percent in dollar terms.

Polished Diamond Imports to United States Soar 20% in May

The United States increased by more than 20 percent on last year its imports of polished goods in May to $3.19 billion, according to government figures.
In volume, imports were almost the same at 1.5 million carats, while the average price per carat surged 23 percent to $2,117.
American exports of polished stone rose 13 percent to $1.485 billion, with the average price per carat soaring 45 percent to $1,787.

Botswana Posts Sharp Fall in Rough Diamond Exports in May

Exports of rough diamonds by Botswana in May dropped to $267.7 million from $402.2 million in April, the Bank of Botswana reported.
Exports of rough goods in the first quarter of this year fell to $718.9 million from $826.8 million in the same period of last year.
Although there were no figures relating to polished exports in April or May, in the first quarter, polished diamond exports totaled $102.0 million down significantly from $160.5 million in the same period last year.

Israeli Polished Diamond Imports and Exports Stable in H1

Israeli exports of polished goods were almost unchanged on the year in the first half of 2013 – at $3.23 billion from $3.30 billion a year before, according to figures released by Israel's Diamond Controller, Shmuel Mordechai.‎
Israeli net exports of polished diamonds slipped 2% from a year earlier, while net rough exports rose 8.1% to $1.639 billion in the first half from $1.516 billion last year.

Japanese Polished Diamond Imports Fall in May

Israel's polished diamond exports to Japan fell by just 7% in May to $7 million, while  imports from Hong Kong dropped 33 percent.
Imports of polished goods from Japan’s largest supplier, India, surged 22 percent to $30 million, while those from Belgium increased by 15 percent to nearly $13 million. Imports from the United States also rose sharply – up 21 percent to $2.1 million.

Antwerp Posts Rise in Polished Exports in April, Down On March

Belgium's exports of polished diamonds last month increased to $1.16 billion from $942.8 million a year earlier, according to figures from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC). But, they fell 13.3 percent on the March figure.
Exports in volume totaled 533,128 carats from 588,939 carats in April 2012, and were 13.3 percent down on March. The average price per carat jumped to $2,171 from $1,601 in April 2012, which was also 9.9 percent higher than in March.

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