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The crucial year ahead: 2019

Right now we are ready to welcome a new year, 2019! Over the years we have moved enough in the direction of EoDB (ease of doing business), adopted more transparency and gazing over MSMEs instead of saying bigger is better! In the pipeline what is being processing is Hallmarking and gold policy India, to way out & ease rough diamond trading from SNZ by mining players.

Equally we are focussing enough in the field of fourth revolution & up to automation & AI (Artificial intelligence)! Right now direction of the ongoing government is right for a long term as well as for the short term. The government is firm to foray the fourth industrial revolution! Onus is on us to add swiftly shifting tech-n-tools be that digitisation, automation & AI.

Being a young India, rapidly buyer class is being added with their own attitude & style of buying with their own taste-n-preferences! Millennium babies & up to millennials & now a talk of GenZ has variations! All those multitasking buyers are relying much on digital influences! They do prefer retro designs-n-style amid their ongoing patterns! The new class of buyer is demanding transparency, ethical sourcing, and environmental alerts with ongoing trends!

They do love diamond, diamond jewellery right from daily ware & up to bridal set. The ongoing buyer class do prefer gem-n-jewellery yet they enjoy numbers of options at hand! Now it is up to the industry & trade to catch them! The 2019 would remain crucial to shape up fate-n-future ahead!

In the New Year resolutions once again we have to ink down our potential-nimpending wishes including to be the global gem-n-jewellery trading hub & global designing hub from the industry point of view! To attain both of the stature we, India is keeping keen eye on both of the trends, 1: global & 2: domestic.

Bain & Co has focused on three trends in their recently published report on, The Global Diamond Industry 2018.

Three trends have the highest potential to affect the diamond industry in the near term’ says the report. Those three trends are, 1: advancements in digital technologies, 2: the development of lab-grown diamonds and 3: generational shifts in consumer preferences.

With the mix, the industry & trade has to open up their 2019! In 2019, US is likely to fall in the line of recession, China has lot more reasons to go slow with economic performance! India remains promising for gem-n-jewellery despite general election 2019!

Wishing you Happy New year!

Challenges, DDES & buyer confidence!

Challenges, DDES & buyer confidence!

Dear Readers, till you would read the edit, 1st ever Bharat Diamond Week & the 3rd  Diamond Detection Expo & Symposium (DDES 2018) would have been concluded through 23rd to 25th April 2018 at BDB, Mumbai. Yet I know there are growing challenges for a manufacturer & traders of natural diamonds! Equally there are challenges with detection technologies to stay edge-up to identify laboratory made stones!


Just ahead of the curtain raising of WDC & DDES, the Diamond Services research claimed: “synthetic diamonds, which have created under conditions of High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) and then subject to irradiation treatment, may be escaping detection by many of the screening devices available in the market that are testing diamonds at room temperature.” Means, all those available technologies to detect such stones are just an outdated! Is it so?



Because, swiftly, the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR) reacted, rest players may clarify or announce about their instruments yet, IIDGR said that, confirms that its instruments AMS2, SYNTHdetect, DiamondView and DiamondSure are all effective at screening HPHT synthetic material which has been irradiated and is tested at room temperature. Any business using these devices can have full confidence that any such material will be detected without the need to undertake tests at different temperatures.


IIDGR has been established by De Beers Group to provide a premium service and proprietary equipment to the diamond industry. Based in the UK, Belgium and India, and run by the world’s top diamond experts, the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research offers a range of expert services.


It is true that Phosphorescence is typical in HPHT-grown synthetic diamonds which is ‘almost non-existent in naturally formed diamonds, being limited almost exclusively to Type IIb natural stones, which make up not more than 0.1 percent of the total number of available diamonds.’


By considering challenges, The DDES is providing a dome in India to interact diamond players with tech savvies! To create an effective approach for a scientific & technology within the players! DDES believe that is the boulevard to attain buyer confidence!


Being a global leader in diamond manufacturing India thinks it is a duty to protect leadership India & reputation India built over years! And therefore India has ‘Zero Tolerance’ for any undisclosed mixing with mined diamonds!


And therefore since 2013, GJEPC is endeavours & engaging all those key stakeholders to focus four areas, 1: Detection, 2: Differentiation, 3: Disclosures & 4: Documentation. In the row of Zero tolerance GJEPC & BDB together says, “The Indian diamond industry stood firmly committed to taking all steps necessary to prevent undisclosed mixing and establish separate footprints for natural and synthetic diamonds as this would help maintain consumer confidence in natural diamonds.”


The Natural Diamond Monitoring Committee (NDMC) was formed in the year 2015 at GJEPC. NDMC consists of representatives from the GJEPC, BDB, GJF, GIA and other Trade Bodies in the Gems & Jewellery sector.

GJEPC is developing a network of detection centers with tech-n-instruments at all those key manufacturing centers in Gujarat with NDMC since 2015.


Right with targeting 21 key diamond manufacturing centers across India, GJEPC offered synthetic diamond detection machines-n-tech at 50% of discount in 2017. At the largest global diamond trading boundaries of BDB have announced banned on any trading of synthetic diamonds. Through Diamond Detection and Resource Centre (DDRC) DBD has made detection technology accessible to its members within its’ boundaries!


Bottom Line:   

For any detection technology & instruments, machineries, the doors of DBD, GJEPC & of diamond industry India is always opened despite of DDES! They are being invited to display such tech at BDB.


Nayan Jani


It’s Time to Frame a Comprehensive Gold Policy

It has been a couple of years now since the Indian Government is trying to formulate a comprehensive gold policy for the country. Recently, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Mr. Venugopal Reddy has said that there is need for a comprehensive policy on gold, owing to its role in the economy and in order to handle the precious metal in a better way.

In fact, many industry leaders and trade bodies like World Gold Council (WGC), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) and Associated Chambers of Commerce (ASSOCHAM) have time and again recommended the government to frame a national gold policy.

It seems now that the government has taken into consideration the recommendations of the industry and as a result the government may frame a National Gold Policy soon. Besides, it may also establish a Gold Board for managing import-export, develop accredited refineries, drive gold monetization actively and introduce compulsory quality certification of gold.

The WGC had initially suggested framing a gold policy in 2014 to help mobilize and monetize an estimated 22,000 tons of gold lying idle with households and temple vaults into productive use of economic development. “I feel that discussions on gold in India must move beyond gold import curbs and must focus on how this industry can fulfil its vision to make a major contribution to the country’s prosperity in the next five years. We (India) should support this vision by creating a favorable eco system which deals with gold as a fungible asset category, reflecting our cultural and economic significance. We must find ways of mobilizing and monetizing the household savings now imbedded in gold stocks through the formal financial sector for the benefit of the economy as a whole. It’s now hi-time to re-engage all stakeholders to develop a comprehensive long term gold policy which is affiliated to India’s growth objectives,” Mr. Somasundaram PR, MD of the WGC (India) had commented two years back.

Accordingly, the government is expected to set up the Gold Board under the National Gold Policy, and alongside work on development of Gold Exchanges. India’s Finance Ministry held discussions late last year with stakeholders of the industry and sought their views on a National Gold Board, a body on the lines of the Financial Stability and Development Council.

At the same time, India Gold Policy Centre (IGPC) at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) recently boosted the government’s initiatives to introduce a gold policy by releasing a study on the viability of a Gold Spot Exchange in India by Prof. Joshy Jacob and Prof. Jayanth R. Varma of IIMA. One of the key findings of the study is that a Gold Spot Exchange is exceedingly viable and would lead to efficient price discovery, assurance in the quality of gold, active retail participation, greater integration with financial markets and greater gold recycling. The study involves a survey of all important stakeholders of the industry including jewellers, refiners, bankers, commodity exchanges and other participants in the value chain. It also examined the Gold Spot Exchanges in Turkey, China, Singapore and Dubai.

The study also suggests that the Gold Spot Exchange should offer a wide range of contracts to meet the needs of the gold industry like a) Domestic spot gold contract, b) Global spot gold contract denominated in USD based on delivery outside the domestic tariff area (DTA), c) Dore swap contract and d) gold lending and borrowing mechanism (GLBM). Within the limits of capital control regulations, both the domestic and international contracts on the Gold Exchange must be open to the broadest range of participants.

Gold-related policies are also expected to help the Gold Monetization Scheme (GMS) launched by the government.

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