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Industrial exports increase by 6% to $1.9bn in first 7 months of 2011

September 18, 2011

Figures released by the Ministry of Industry show that industrial exports totaled $2.04bn in the first 7 months of 2011, constituting an increase of 5.9% from $1.9bn in the same period last year, as reported by Lebanon This Week, the economic publication of the Byblos Bank Group.

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Malaika Arora Khan displays a collection at the recent India International Jewellery Week Photo: AFP
Malaika Arora Khan displays a collection at the
recent India International Jewellery Week Photo: AFP

It seems the ‘hunger’ of the rich and famous for gems and jewellery is increasing by the year! No wonder India, renowned since millenniums for its treasures of gold and diamonds, is once again in the news.


Rubies in the sky with diamonds

Prices are up, thanks to extravagant Asians and edgy Westerners

The middleton effect

That nervy investors pile into gold is well known: the price of the yellow metal breached $1,900 an ounce again this week. But growing numbers are also venturing farther afield, into gemstones such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Although coloured stones are a hotch-potch of an asset class, anecdotal evidence points to surging values.

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Lists below are the report from the auctions gemstone and jewelry from the famous auction places around the world ex. Christie's Hong kong, New York, Sohteby's Geneva and Hong Kong etc.

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10 Rules for gemstone collecting

How we will be the great and successful gemstone collectors? Actually there are not the fixed process how to be that. But we can suggest 10 ways that we think it can be the basic rules that you can be the new great gemstone collector.

1) Learn to know the gemstone about the beauty, portability and privacy.

2) Develop yourselves with knowledge expert. So you can try to be the broker, dealer, wholesaler about the rough or facet gemstones. When you are dealing with other merchandises, let they know that they are dealing with a smaller mark-up than normal.

3) Try to collect gemstones that are primarily suited for the sophisticated individual with a substantial portfolio. You might invest less than 10 - 15% of your total portfolio at first. But the first amount of good portfolio will be around 10,000 USD for few gemstones. But the well portfolio will have the amount around 25,000 - 100,000 USD.

4) We are strongly suggest about the certificate from the lab that inform about the gemstone origin and treatment. For some lab that offer that detail for some kind of gemstone. If you are paying for Kashire blue sapphire or Burma ruby, please make sure that the report inform about the origin and treatment also.

5) For the diamond, the lab that you can trust is GIA, Gemological Institute of America. So you have to request the certificate report from merchandise. Because this lab is famous and no one can argue with the lab report.

6) You can check the price before you make decision to buy gemstones. The information about the price you can check at the site below.

Lapidary Journal, P.O. Box 1100, Devon, PA, 19333-9936, $24 per year

Colored Stone, P.O. Box 1100, Devon, PA, 19333-9936, $18 per year.

Palmeri's Market Monitor, 658 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15228, $175 per year.

The Gemstone Forecaster, P.O. Box 42468, Tucson, AZ, 85733, $29 per year.

7) Learning and view your gemstone portfolio closely. Because if you buy them with the certificate report from the GIA or AGL. These stone will help you to remember some stone's characteristic.

8) Allow time to liquidate. Gems are similar to real estate, rather than precious metals. Proper portfolio planning can alleviate this potential problem. Gems are instantly liquid, but at a discount.

9) Offer the best price you think and can. When the market is up "the best appreciates the fastest".

10 ) Beware the fake or synthetic gemstone if you need to be good gem collector. If merchandise let you know the gem information that too great to be real. You can compare the merchandise's price and the global estimate price. And request the report from the famous lab, GIA or AGL etc, before confirm to deal with. Because if you don't expert enough, you may keep the junk or synthetic but you think they are natural gemstone.

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