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Indian markets flooded with Chinese lab-grown diamonds
Chinese manufacturers with huge capacities to grow artificial diamonds in laboratories may have sent as much as Rs 3,000 crore worth of the stones to India; most of them have been processed for re-export to the US
By: Diamond World News Service
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May 22 2019 12:23PM
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An unexpected offshoot of the ongoing US-China trade war has caused Chinese man-made diamonds to flood the diamond processing units in Gujarat and Rajasthan with these stones. According to diamond exporters here, Chinese manufacturers with huge capacities to grow artificial diamonds in laboratories may have sent as much as Rs 3,000 crore worth of the stones to India in 2018. Most of them have been processed for re-export to the US.

 Sources in the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council say Chinese man-made diamonds enter Mumbai via Dubai and onward to cutting and polishing units in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The cheaper imports from China are posing a major threat to local manufactures.

 An unexpected offshoot of the ongoing US-China trade war has caused Chinese man-made diamonds to flood the diamond processing units in Gujarat and Rajasthan with these stones. According to diamond exporters here, Chinese manufacturers with huge capacities to grow artificial diamonds in laboratories may have sent as much as Rs 3,000 crore worth of the stones to India in 2018. Most of them have been processed for re-export to the US. According to a source, many smaller units in Gujarat and Rajasthan are now dependent entirely on Chinese man-made diamonds as demand for natural diamonds is falling and the margins for cutting these man-made stones are as low as Rs 10 per carat, while natural diamonds used to fetch Rs 50 per carat. But the work involved is much less than natural diamonds and the volumes are sufficient to keep business going, said the source. S

Sources in the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council say Chinese man-made diamonds enter Mumbai via Dubai and onward to cutting and polishing units in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The cheaper imports from China are posing a major threat to local manufactures.

Courtesy: The Tribune

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