Portdiamonds/Numerplatina Ida of Portugal completed its first export of Kimberley Process-certified rough diamonds to Dubai. The Lisbon-based company, which has been operating for more than four years, traded with AIC Diamonds – a member of the Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre.
Portdiamonds/Numerplatina Ida said it will be exporting rough diamonds on a regular basis.
According to Portdiamonds/Numerplatina Ida CEO Vitor Rita, the diamonds exported to Dubai are from Sierra Leone. The company will be receiving 500 carats of gem-quality rough stones every month for sale to clients in all the main diamond trading centres, he continued.
“Lisbon was the first diamond trading capital of the New World more than 500 years ago when diamonds were brought here for sale throughout Europe. In the last 20 years, we took a step backwards, but now we are back in a powerful way,” Rita commented. “We are proud of our diamond history and heritage and have kept it alive in our hearts, and now we are back as an important and growing diamond centre.”
Portdiamonds/Numerplatina wants to further expand its client base and diamond export volume, Rita added.