Global Gems, Jewellery and Diamond Features


Basel – Cultural entertainment five minutes from Baselworld


BASEL March 29 2009 – Visitors who want to take a few hours off Baselworld can jump on a tram in the direction of the railway station and get off at the Fine Arts and Antiquities Museums for a few hours of cultural diversion. After a five-minute ride the green tram crosses the bridge with splendid long-range views over the Rhine and stops at the Kunstmuseum or Fine Arts Museum. The Kunstmuseum … Read More

Dubai still a playground for the rich but economic crisis starts…

Global Gems, Jewellery and Diamond Features
DUBAI, February 15, 2009 – Crowds of wealthy foreign tourists snap flash photos at a huge whale shark that encircles the aquarium inside the Atlantis The Palm hotel, the newest and most opulent addition to Dubai’s splendid array of ultra-luxury attractions. Hordes of visitors from around the world wander along its vast polished corridors gazing at the succulent displays of jewels from Cartier, Graff and Tiffany. …. Read More ››

Slack demand at Gold Souq as Dubai Shopping Festival wraps up

Dubai Shopping FestivalDUBAI, February 15, 2009 – The ornate arched wooden entrance to the air-conditioned Old Gold Souq in Dubai City welcomes tourists with the slogan “Dubai: The City of Gold.” But as the month-long Dubai Shopping Festival wrapped up on February 15, tourist demand for gold jewellery was generally slow as the global economic slowdown shut out many visitors, although the Russians, East Europeans and Gulf Arabs were still strong buyers, jewellers said … Read More ››

Hold Tight! Bumpy Ride Ahead

Global Gems, Jewellery and Diamond Features
Indian Jewellery Retail Outlook for 2009: Jewellery is going to have a long take-off run in 2009. Industry pundits predict that due to the global economic slowdown and the volatility in gold prices, Indian consumers will hold back their spending on jewellery at least until the latter part of this year. Shanoo Bijlani and Regan Luis of Solitaire International, India, report on the outlook for this year from the retailer’s perspective…. Read More ››

Antwerp museum charts diamonds from mine to finger

Antwerp museum

The Antwerp Diamond Museum gives a comprehensive insight into the world of diamonds, and explains Antwerp’s distinguished association with the gemstone. Located just beside the imposing central railway station on the edge of the diamond district, a transit point for generations of hurried diamond traders, the museum is a vital stop for any tourist visiting the world’s diamond .. Read More ››

Bond Street seems immune to credit crunch

Bond Street
The Russians and Saudis are coming! Bond Street, symbol of the giddy heights of the global jewellery trade, is seemingly immune to the economic downturn and the credit crunch. White Rolls-Royces with Arab number-plates, Bugattis and Ferraris with drivers who are sometimes barely out of their … Read More ››

East meets West in London’s Green Street jewellery quarter

Gold bangles

South Asian and Western styles blend harmoniously in London’s up-and-coming jewellery quarter on Green Street. Green Street, in one of the most depressed areas of east London, is a long avenue crammed with shoppers milling in and out of fashionable sari boutiques, curry houses and Bollywood DVD outlets … Read More ››