In a Q&A, CEO David Sherwood shares some company history, the secret to success during the busiest time of year, and more.
India: An Emerging Source for Lab-Grown Diamonds, Jewelry
CVD diamond growers and jewelry manufacturers will help India consolidate its competitive advantages in diamonds and jewelry manufacturing.
“The average monthly output of a typical reactor is 125 carats and costs $175,000. The most commonly used reactor is Japan’s Seki,” he said.
“The CVD business is becoming more transparent and with supplies improving, we now use both. Surat has 15 to 20 significant CVD growers with an installed base of 50 to 500 reactors.”
“The fragmented supply chain of growers, distributors and retailers operating independently is inefficient. We have positioned Altr as an integrated lab-grown diamond and fine jewelry brand. Retailers are our partners, and we support them with branding and point-of-sale display material.”
Experts expect that the current growth phase will be followed by price stabilization leading to consolidation, mergers and acquisitions in the industry.
Note: This story was completed for publication in the special India Diamond Report newsletter prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the U.S.’s subsequent ban on Russian diamonds on March 11.
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