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BANDUNG kontan. Kota Kembang menambah daya tariknya dengan wisata edukasi proses asah berlian. Pengelola Indo Wisata Permata, Yofi Mesa Yudi berharap, wisata asah berlian ini menambah destinasi Kota Bandung yang sudah terkenal untuk kulinernya.

Ditemui di sela-sela peluncuran wisata edukasi berlian di kawasan Kompleks Citra Green Blok N No-1-10 Kota Bandung, Minggu (14/2), Yofi mengatakan selama ini Indonesia dikenal sebagai penghasil berlian yang berkualitas. Namun, proses pengasahan dan pemotongannya masih tradisional sehingga kurang bersaing di pasar dunia.

“Mulai saat ini, kami membuka untuk umum bagi siapa saja pecinta permata untuk melihat langsung proses berlian mentah menjadi sebuah batu permata yang berkualitas dan bernilai tinggi dengan menggunakan mesin terbaik dan tenaga ahli yang terampil di bidangnya,” kata Yofi.

Dia mengatakan, wisatawan dapat melihat langsung proses pembuatan berlian yang dilakukan oleh tenaga terampil yang didatangkan dari India.

Menurut Yofi, berlian asal Indonesia khususnya Kalimantan memiliki mutu sebaik Afrika Selatan. Namun ,karena prosesnya masih dilakukan secara tradisional, batu mulia asal Indonesia kurang bersaing di dunia.

Yofi mengajak wisatawan berbagi pengetahuan melihat langsung proses pembuatan berlian dari awal hingga akhir yang hanya dibatasi dengan kaca tembus pandang.

“Tidak ada yang dirahasiakan di sini. Kalau karena dari awal bahan baku batu permata menjadi berlian kualitas wahid bisa disaksikan langsung dari dekat,” ujar dia.

Yofi juga berkeinginan untuk mengangkat berlian Indonesia di dunia internasional dan dengan harga yang bersaing. “Khusus di Bandung wisatawan bia memilih berlian berkualitas tinggi dengan harga Rp 1 juta hingga R p1 miliar,” katanya.

Menurut dia, ini merupakan lokasi wisata edukasi permata pertama di Asia.

“Jika datang ke negara lain, memang ada wisata seperti ini. Namun di sana tidak diperlihatkan secara terbuka tentang proses pengerjaan berlian mulai dari bongkahan hingga berlian yang indah,” katanya.

Di sini, kata dia, pihaknya juga ingin memberi edukasi kepada masyarakat, agar tidak asal beli saja dengan harga mahal. “Untuk datang ke lokasi wisata ini, pengunjung hanya perlu membayar Rp 50.000 dan akan memperoleh voucher dengan senilai harga tiket tersebut. Nantinya voucher tersebut bisa ditukarkan dengan makanan atau minuman yang disediakan di lokasi tersebut,” tukas Yofi.

Sementara itu sejumlah penggemar dan pecinta berlian menyambut antusias dibukanya wisata edukasi berlian tersebut karena dengan destinasi wisata baru ini, para pecinta berlian bisa mengetahui proses pembuatan batu permata secara terbuka.

“Di sini berbeda dengan kita melihat di toko berlian. Kita bisa mengetahui secara langsung proses pembuatan berlian mulai dari tahap awal hingga akhir. Semua diperlihatkan kepada kita,” ujar Yuni (40) salah seorang penggemar batu permata.

Dikatakan dia, di lokasi ini para pengunjung diberikan pengetahuan yang lebih banyak tentang berlian. “Hal itu jelas sangat berbeda jika kita hanya datang ke toko berlian atau toko emas permata,” tuturnya.

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Diamonds to become an investor’s best friend
Tara Loader Wilkinson From: The Wall Street Journal November 23, 2009 11:09AM

THEY are rare, beautiful, valuable and a girl’s best friend but traditionally diamonds have not really been considered an asset class in their own right.

Diamonds do not have the “safe haven” status of gold, and their prices are more volatile than the precious metal.

While spot gold has gained about 25 per cent in value this year, diamond prices have fallen by at least 10 per cent, in line with the poor performance of the luxury industry, according to US-based IDEX Online Diamond Prices, which tracks global asking prices for polished diamonds.

Some jewellery experts remain doubtful about investing in diamonds. David Bennett, Geneva-based chairman of jewellery for Europe and the Middle East at Sotheby’s, says: “Like art, we would not advise someone to buy diamonds for investment purposes. People should buy diamonds for the joy of wearing them.” But the growing demand for tangible assets and portfolio diversification has led to the launch of several diamond investment funds this year, which believe they can achieve double-digit returns for investors.

This 62-carat diamond sold for $US8m at a Christies sale in Geneva this month. Picture: AFP

In March, alternative investment manager KPR Capital launched a Cayman Islands-domiciled open-ended investment diamond fund with a minimum buy in of $US250,000 ($273,000).

A few weeks earlier, Alfa Capital, the Russian investment group, launched a diamond investment fund with a minimum investment of E1 million ($1.6m) and an estimated yield of 15 per cent to 17 per cent.

This month the Emotional Assets Fund was launched, investing in assets from fine art and rare stamps to diamonds and diamond jewellery. The fund is targeting an annual growth rate of 15 per cent with a minimum investment of pound stg. 100,000 ($180,500).

Dazzling Capital, a London-based company investing directly in period jewellery, also opened its doors this month, co-founded by former Christie’s auctioneer Humphrey Butler, with former jockey and chartered accountant William Sporborg and Christopher Holdsworth Hunt, co-founder of City of London brokerage KBC Peel Hunt.

The company, which accepts a minimum investment of pound stg. 10,000 with an estimated return on investment of 11 per cent, counts Madeleine Lloyd Webber, wife of British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, as one of its investors.

Others say diamonds are too niche to gain a significant following. Swiss & Global Asset Management head of equities, Scilla Huang Sun, says her company does not have a diamond fund because the topic is too narrow to merit a fund of its own. Instead, the company includes diamond jewellery in its luxury fund.

Diamond trading is growing in sophistication. Until recently gems have been considered an illiquid asset. Auctions are rare and gem valuation was considered more of an art than a science. But in January the Dealers Organisation for Diamond Automated Quotes, an online diamond exchange, was launched, managed by Dutch bank ABN Amro.

The Belgium-based DODAQ exchange attempts to surmount other traditional barriers to investment in the diamond market, such as high sales fees and low liquidity, and offers two-way auctions for polished diamonds, the first cash market for the gems.

Diamond funds provide diversification benefits by investing in a range of pieces, but many investors may want to buy their own diamonds – not least because they get to wear the jewellery when they want. Certain gems retain value better than others.

“If you want to buy diamonds for investment purposes, they should be big and fancy (colourful),” says Holly Midwinter-Porter, a gemologist at British jeweller Boodles. “Red and green are the rarest and, unlike white, man-made diamonds, are finite as they are only found in one or two areas in the world.”

She says returns on rare diamonds can enjoy double-digit growth a year, and their portability makes them more appealing than gold or art.

Another option for investors is the vintage diamond jewellery market – considered capable of more lucrative returns because of the added value of provenance. Mr Butler brokered a $US4.5m deal with the Louvre in 2004 for an antique emerald and diamond necklace and earrings.

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