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  1. Q1 Gold Jewellery Demand Soft, Says WGC
  2. Jewellery Buying Groups Formed New Global Alliance
  3. Singapore to Host Jewellery & Gem World 2022
  4. ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Premiered in Tiffany’s 2022 High Jewellery Collection
  5. Christie’s to Auction ‘The Light of Africa’ for $18M in June
  6. New Board of Directors were elected to Jewellery Exporters Association of Turkey
  7. Oroarezzo back with Première Competition
  8. ‘De Beers Blue’ auctions US$57.5M at Sotheby’s
  9. CTF launches Mother’s Day collection
  10. Jewelers of America Announces The 2022 CASE Award Winners
  11. De Beers: Diamond Businesses Staying Cautious About Business Expectations
  12. Synthetic Alexandrite Pioneer David Patterson Dies at 89
  13. 205 CARAT FANCY INTENSE YELLOW DIAMOND GENEVA MAGNIFICENT JEWELS | 11 MAY 2022
  14. Rebecca Foerster Appointed As President of Hearts On Fire
  15. US Steps Up Sanctions Against Alrosa
  16. PGI Study Findings: Consumers Have Different Interpretations of Sustainability
  17. Irving Wong Appointed as Pandora’s General Manager For China
  18. Rolex’s 6 New Watches Unveiled at Watches & Wonders Geneva
  19. Sixième Sens par Cartier High Jewellery: Heteractis Ring
  20. Will Russian Diamond Ban Help Foster Lab-Grown Diamond Business?
  21. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
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  23. JEWELLERY GENEVA Takes Place between 30 March and 3 April 2022
  24. Christie’s Presents 228 carat White Dimond
  25. Gold Bar Integrity Programme to be Implemented
  26. Press Release: BONHAMS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF BRUUN RASMUSSEN AUCTIONEERS – DENMARK’S LEADING AUCT
  27. Early Spring Fashion for Natural Diamonds
  28. Jennifer Garner Shines in De Beers Jewellers at the Premiere in New York
  29. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, “Cartier Women’s Initiative Impact Report”
  30. American Gem Trade Association Announces Partnership with JCK Show Again
  31. Chow Tai Fook and Canada's Mountain Province Diamonds Sign Supply Agreement
  32. Registration Is Open for 2022 JCK Show
  33. Alrosa Caught Up in U.S. Sanctions
  34. Tawhid Abdullah Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  35. The Largest Blue Diamond Appears at Sotheby’s Auction
  36. Price Rise for Nearly 90% Of Fancy Colour Last Year
  37. Dickson Yewn’s Collectibles Given for Sotheby’s Charity Auction
  38. De Beers Boosts Production
  39. Watches & Wonders Geneva To Be Held In Hybrid Format
  40. Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai to Debut February
  41. Hong Kong Losing its Dominance as the World's Largest Watch Market
  42. Gift Guide for CNY
  43. Press Release: Sotheby’s Announces New Appointments To Luxury Team In ASsia
  44. Georg Jensen Becomes a Certified Member of RJC
  45. 555.55-carat Black Dimond Unveiled at Sotheby’s Auction
  46. GIA Appoints Anna Martin as SVP for Institute, Industry Relations
  47. Alrosa Boosts Direct Sales of Fancy Diamonds to Investors
  48. CIBJO General Assembly postponed to March 17 and 18, 2022
  49. 7,525 Carat Emerald Discovered
  50. Karl Lagerfeld Jewellery Collections to Shine
  51. Diamonds Travel To The Space
  52. Vicenzaoro January postponed to March
  53. America’s Youngest Jeweller Starts Business via Instagram
  54. Concerns over conflict gold arise again
  55. The 1st International Gemstone & Diamond Trade Summit Wraps Up in Macao
  56. The Knot’s Study:Over 30% of Respondents Say Natural Diamond Unimportant
  57. Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year: Very Peri
  58. Phillips Jewellery Auctions Fetch over HK$181 Million
  59. The World’s First Pure Gold Castle of Magical Dreams by CHOW TAI FOOK
  60. Jewellery Sales Jumped 78% During the Thanksgiving Holiday
  61. Gem Auctions DMCC’s Debut Auction Successful
  62. Cartier’s Christmas Tree Lights Up the City with Love and Hope
  63. Rediscovering Lacloche in Hong Kong
  64. Blue diamonds to lead Christie’s HK autumn sale
  65. JMA show to stage next Thursday
  66. HK auction to help Cambodian kids
  67. Basel fair cancelled again
  68. HKDI show to continue in Dec
  69. Gemfields sells 7,500-carat emerald for good
  70. Sustainability is key to diamond purchases, a report says
  71. Christie’s Geneva jewellery sale fetches CHF53.7m
  72. Cibjo forms working group on fei cui standards
  73. Only Watch raises CHF30m for DMD research
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Relaxed control over Tahitian pearls sparks off criticism

According to the Shanghai Information Center of International Gemological Institute (IGI), only 180 out of 10,000 Tahitian pearls are A grade, flawless on at least 90 percent of a pearl’s surface. As the world’s largest exporter of Tahitian pearls, French Polynesian government had implemented a strict regulation on the quality and export control of Tahitian pearls since February 2005. All Tahitian pearls must be verified by visual inspection and radiography before exportation. Pearls which failed to meet the minimum 0.8mm nacre thickness standard would be destroyed by the marine and mineral resources branch in the presence of pearl farmers. However, the regulation was cancelled by the French Polynesian government in June 2017. The total amount of Tahitian pearls exports surged from 10 tons in 2016 to 14 tons in 2017. The relaxation of nacre thickness regulations has given rise to general concerns over the negative impacts on the quality of Tahitian pearls.   

 

Hong Kong, the largest Tahitian pearl importer of French Polynesia shipped in over 9000 kg of Tahitian pearls from the only French overseas collectivity. The city is also one of the biggest buyers of the 21st Cooperate Tahiti Auction in March 2018, which sold approximately 97 percent of 387,740 Tahitian pearls offered, a 25-percent more of total sales than expected. Commenting on the new practice from the French Polynesian government, Ida Wong, general manager of Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong (TPAHK) said: “Producers will still be able to apply to the government inspection service for their pearls to be x-rayed and certified and it is likely that this practice will continue for high grade pearls. Nacre depth is an indicator of good farming practice since there has been time and effort expended by the farmer.” 

 

In Japan, one of the top buyers of Tahitian pearls, over 90 percent of Tahitian pearls sold by the members of Tahiti pearl Promotion Society of Japan (TPJ) are imported from the French Polynesia. A TPJ’s survey in 2018 stated that 44 percent of the respondents were dissatisfied with the deteriorated pearl quality. Forty percent of them thought the price has jumped. TPJ told Hong Kong Jewellery that despite price rises, the quality has fallen short, still over 25 percent survey participants did not reduce the imported volume of Tahitian pearls and 16 percent of them even imported more than last year, reflected an absence of negative impacts on the exports of Tahitian pearls. 

 

Tahitian pearl exports are crucial for Tahiti’s economy as pearls accounted for an average of 50 percent of its total export earnings. Notwithstanding the government’s removal of nacre thickness regulation, Poe O Rikitea, organiser of the Cooperate Tahiti Auction, emphasises that control over the nacre thickness of all pearls the auction offer will be continued. He added only pearls with control on thickness are able to meet the market expectation and sustain.

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