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De Beers Group takes full control of retail arm in LVMH buy-out

De Beers Group takes full control of retail arm in LVMH buy-out

The De Beers Group has assumed total control of its eponymous retail brand, De Beers Diamond Jewellers, after purchasing LVMH’s 50% shareholding. De Beers Diamond Jewellers’ retail network comprises 32 stores in 17 key consumer markets around the world. This includes a growing business in greater China and with Chinese clients worldwide, an established presence

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GUEST COLUMN: A positive outlook for the luxury jewellery sector?

Diana Verde Nieto, chief executive officer, Positive Luxury What makes a luxury product like jewellery desirable in 2017 is very different to what made an item a must-have even five years ago. As the world around us changes at what feels like a dizzying pace, the luxury industry does too. Last month, Positive Luxury released

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IIDGR unveils next generation automated melee screening instrument

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of The De Beers Group of Companies, has unveiled its next generation automated melee screening instrument at the International Diamond, Gem & Pearl show in Hong Kong. The new device – named the AMS2 – will provide diamantaires with a more efficient and cost-effective diamond

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Forevermark seeks more retailers as it enters 2000th store

De Beers’ diamond brand, Forevermark, has indicated it wants to expand further through its licensee model in Western Europe, as it announces entering its 2000th retail store. CEO Stephen Lussier expressed a desire to grow the firm’s network following the opening of the Zen Diamond Anatolium in Turkey. It builds on a strong year last


De Beers reports optimistic rough diamond sales performance

The De Beers Group of Companies has announced the value of rough diamond sales for the first cycle of 2017. The provisional sales values for cycle 1, which include global sight-holder sales and auction sales, is $720 million (£575 million). This figure represents sales as of 23 January 2017, and is £298 million lower than the

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Brand new jewellery retail gem set to open in Cotswolds

A new jewellery retailer specialising in gemstones is set to open later this year in the Cotswolds. The owner, Helen Plumb, is a gemmologist and collects gems from around the world which she has turned into necklaces, rings, bracelets, cufflinks and more. The shop in Winchcombe will feature rubies collected from Thailand, amber from Burma


IIDGR reveals ambitious online education hub plans

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of The De Beers Group of Companies, has appointed independent digital agency, Ridgeway, to produce a new online education experience to share and disseminate the company’s industry knowledge to interested parties. The partnership will see Ridgeway build an e-learning hub that in time will offer

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London Diamond Bourse opens doors to non-members

The London Diamond Bourse has announced its next open day will be held on Monday January 23. The Bourse launched its first open day event in 2015, where non-member visitors benefited from visiting the London Diamond Bourse and discovering what it has to offer the industry. The upcoming open day will feature diamonds from melee to


Coloured gemstones shine for Leibish&Co

Online jewellery retailer Leibish&Co has put the spotlight on colourful engagement rings this season. Consumer passion for coloured gemstones has completely revolutionised the jewellery industry in the past few years, turning once achromatic window displays into riots of colour. This demand for coloured stones has been strong in the bridal market too, with a significant