10 most read on Rubel & Ménasché in 2015

Marianne Riou

To thank you for visiting our website and to thank our contributors, we have decided to focus on the most read articles on Rubel & Ménasché in 2015. The first was the Focus on De Beers, with regard to the creation of the Diamond Producers Association. The diamond industry always seems keen to obtain information on its “historical” diamond producer; is this perhaps a way of shedding light on the current market and the direction it could take?

So, as a preamble, a big thank you to the journalists and websites who are partners in this project and allow us to publish their articles or interviews every week!

Our guiding principle is to provide high-quality information, find the best analysis and offer different points of view in the aim of attempting to give the fairest representation of the diamond industry and keeping you informed with the greatest objectivity possible. It’s easier said than done, take a journalist’s word for it!

So, many thanks to:

– Rob Bates and JCK Online

The Centurion

– Edahn Golan and his eponymous website edahngolan.com

– Michelle Graff and National Jeweler

– Avi Krawitz and Diamonds.net

– Ehud Arye Laniado and his eponymous website ehudlaniado.com

– Vladimir Malakhov, Matteo Butera, Alex Shishlo and all the analysts at Rough&Polished

– Danielle Max, David Brummer Idexonline

– Charles Wyndham and Polished Prices

And to all the other others we use more occasionally!

1. Main diamond producers of Diamond Producers Association—Focus on De Beers
Marianne Riou, Rubel & Ménasché

To gain a better understanding of the issues and the context for the creation of the DPA, Rubel & Ménasché explores the history and the strategies tried out over the years by the largest diamond producers. Starting with the Number 1, De Beers.

2. The trade targets Rapaport again
Rob Bates, JCK Online

At the latest President’s Meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel the trade attacked Martin Rapaport’s price list and “the outsize influence it commands”, by considering the alternatives proposed. The article analyses this “Rap-bashing”.

3. Russia outshines Botswana as world’s top diamond producer in 2014

Russia displaced Botswana as the world’s largest producer, according to data published by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). A focus on all of the producing countries and their “weight.”

4. Cartier, Van Cleef doing exceptionally well, Richemont says
Rob Bates, JCK Online

Following the publication of its financial results for the first 5 months of the year, the Richemont Group was particularly satisfied with the performance of the Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry brands.

5. The Melee market
Zainab Morbiwala, Rapaport

A presentation of what are known as “melee” diamonds—manufacturing in India, logistics, profitability, etc.—and their related market—demand, prices, ethical problems, etc.

6. Are millennials the best jewelry customers? Maybe not…
Ken Gassman, Idexonline

A survey, backed up with figures, proving that, in light of their spending, high-income consumers are the best potential jewel buyers rather than the supposedly “promising millennials.”

7. Apple, Hermes team up for new luxury smartwatch
Rob Bates, JCK Online

A news briefing that, as its title indicates, takes a look at the commercial partnership between Apple and Hermès: or when high-tech and French luxury come together.

8. Isn’t there just one step from Volkswagen to ethics in diamonds?
Marianne Riou, Rubel & Ménasché

During the “upheaval” of the Volkswagen affair, a parallel between the ethical problems the latter has raised in the automotive industry and the recurring questions in the diamond industry with regard to corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and respecting the consumer.

9. Bleu de Jodhpur, the new high jewelry collection from Boucheron shines out
Marianne Riou, Rubel & Ménasché

A brief article illustrating and “recounting” the very beautiful Bleu de Jodhpur high jewelry collection by Boucheron, with a freeze-frame on the Jodhpur necklace, its sumptuous key piece.

10. What the Tiffany ruling means for the industry
Michelle Graff, National Jeweler

A review of the use of the term “Tiffany setting” by retailers and professionals and the ban (by legal notice) of continued use of it as a generic term.