Author Archives: Dr Shihaan Larif

AstaGuru’s Upcoming Auction Features A Magnificent Collection of Heirloom Jewellery, Fine Silver & Exceptional Timepieces

AstaGuru will conduct its annual online auction of ‘Heirloom Jewellery, Silver & Timepieces’, featuring some of the finest selection of vintage and limited-edition collectibles on 20 – 21 October 2020. This exclusive sale will feature an extensive catalgoue of 117 lots, comprising a curated selection of rare vintage Indian & European jewellery, fine silver, and exceptional timepieces which are bound […]

Rio Tinto Announces the Holding of one of its Final Pink Diamond Tenders before the Final Closure of Argyle Mine

Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining companies with 60 projects and operations in 36 countries around the world, employing 46,000 workers, producing essential materials for human progress, such as Iron ore for steel; Aluminium for cars and smart phones; Copper for wind turbines, electric cars and pipes used in water supply; titanium for […]

163-carat Yellow Diamond Recovered at Letseng after Large Diamond Tender closes at Antwerp on June 18, 2020

Gem Diamonds, the owners of Letseng Diamond Mine in Lesotho, announced on June 25, 2020, the recovery of a 163-carat, Type 1, Yellow Diamond with no breakages, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at their Letseng Diamond Mines in Lesotho. This is the third rough diamond over 100 carats in weight recovered from the mine this […]

Small Scale Tanzanian Miner becomes a Millionaire Overnight

Tanzanite, an extremely rare blue-violet Zoisite, a Calcium Aluminum Hydroxy Sorosilicate, found only in Tanzania in a small area of the country, a strip of land 7 km long and 2 km wide, near the Mirerani Hills in the north of the country, has once again created sensational news, after a Tanzanian farmer/miner by the […]

Christies First Live Online Jewelry Auction Since The Coronavirus Lockdown

Christie’s auction house has announced the holding of its first live jewelry auction, since the suspension of such auctions in March, 2020, following the worldwide lockdown caused by the global spread of the coronavirus. All auctions during the period of lockdown were conducted online, and the first live jewelry auction to be held will be […]

DPA Relaunches as Natural Diamond Council with a new Commercial Slogan – Only Natural Diamonds

The Diamond Producers Association (DPA), the apex organization that includes all leading natural diamond producers in the world, has re-launched their organization in New York on June 1, 2020, with a new identity, known as the “Natural Diamond Council” (NDC), in a move calculated to distance itself from the lab-grown diamond sector, and further consolidating […]

CRISIL Predicts India’s Diamond Exports for Financial Year 2020/2021 could Shrink to US$ 19 billion from US$ 24 billion in the Previous Year

The Economic Times of India reports that according to an analysis, by the Credit Rating Information Services of India Ltd. (CRISIL), a subsidiary of the American Company S&P Global, India’s diamond exports for the fiscal year 2020/2021, could shrink by a fifth of the total of US$ 24 billion realized in the fiscal year 2019/2020, […]

India Exports its First Consignment of Polished Diamonds Worth US$ 66m to Hong Kong

Under the present atmosphere of total despair and loss of hope in the Indian diamond industry, caused by the lockdown precipitated by the corona virus crisis, a welcome ray of hope has emerged from the Indian diamond centres, with the news originating from Surat, the world’s diamond cutting and polishing capital, that the first consignments […]

An Appeal for a 30-Day Voluntary Ban on Diamond Imports to India

Following an earnest appeal made by leading players among diamond producers in the world, calling on Indian manufacturers to impose a moratorium of at least three months on the import of rough diamonds into the country to enable the country’s cutters and polishers to recover from the corona virus crisis. Five trade bodies representing India’s […]

Is Import Moratorium on Rough Diamonds The Way Forward To Kick Start the Diamond Trade After Corona Virus Lockdown?

Chaim Even-Zohar, the veteran investigative diamond trade journalist in a comprehensive memo submitted to IDEX Online, on April 22, 2020, called on the Indian government to stop all imports of rough diamonds for three months so that the country’s cutters and polishers can recover from the corona virus crisis. The call was made following an […]