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Weekly Digest: Alrosa auctions, WFDB Congress dates and trade show positivity


In a new series of weekly reports, CARAT+ rounds-up the biggest news headlines from the international diamond and diamond jewellery industries. This week, Alrosa announces an auction of rough diamonds over 10cts and the WFDB reveals the dates of the 2018 World Diamond Congress.

Alrosa to host auction of large rough diamonds at IDWI

Russian miner Alrosa will host an auction for a selection of special size rough diamonds over 10.8 carats at the International Diamond Week in Israel (IDWI) 2018, organised by the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), on February 5-7, 2018.

The company is offering for sale 117 gem-quality lots with a total weight of 1,905 carats, Alrosa said. The largest diamond weighs 37.38 carats.

All the stones were mined from deposits owned by PJSC Alrosa and its subsidiaries.

“Special size diamonds over 10.8 carats form a rather small share of the output – about 0.6%,” said Alrosa Vice President, Yury Okoemov.

“Auctions for the sale of such diamonds repeatedly attract a significant number of participants, especially in Israel. Many companies from Israel, including relatively small ones, specialise in this product and understand it very well.”

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Strong attendance as VICENZAORO kicks off trade fair season

Turnout was high at the January edition of VICENZAORO, the first major international trade show of 2018, auguring for a strong export performance by the Italian gold jewellery sector.

Rising production and consumption of gold jewellery signalled a favourable outlook for the sector, said Lorenzo Cagnoni, President of organiser Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), in an opening address on January 19.

The VICENZAORO show, which ran until January 24, is a conduit for exports of Italian gold and silver jewellery to leading markets such as the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Halls were packed as retailers from around the world came to stock the latest designs in their jewellery shops. High attendance and exhibitor numbers hints at a strong performance at other leading European trade events, including CARAT+, in the coming months.

CARAT Commercial Director Dirk Blommaert and Event Director Filip Van Laere celebrate another successful trade event at VicenzaOro 
CARAT Commercial Director Dirk Blommaert and Event Director Filip Van Laere celebrate another successful trade event at VicenzaOro

WFDB announces dates of 2018 World Diamond Congress

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has announced that dates have been set for the 2018 World Diamond Congress, the biannual meeting of the WFDB and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA). The Congress will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv, from June 19 to 21.

The Congress will start on June 19, with a cocktail event to take place in the evening. The second day of the Congress will see the official opening of the event, with a senior Israeli figure due to attend. The Gala Dinner of the Congress will take place on the evening of June 20. The Congress will come to a close on Thursday, June 21.

Organised by the Israel Diamond Exchange, the Israel Diamond Institute and the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association, there will also be a partner's programme featuring visits to interesting spots across the country.

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Leading UK jewellery group appoints new CEO

The Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ), the UK and Ireland’s largest jewellery and watch buying group, has appointed Terry Boot as its new CEO.

Boot has been acting as interim CEO to CMJ for the last six months, since the departure of the previous CEO at the end of July 2017.
Before joining CMJ, Boot was Chief Financial Officer for Jones Bootmaker and Brantano Footwear group.

He will start his permanent appointment on February 1, 2018.

The Company of Master Jewellers in the UK has named Terry Boot as its new CEO
The Company of Master Jewellers in the UK has named Terry Boot as its new CEO

Words by David Brough

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