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  AJDC Celebrates 25 Years of Design
     A new exhibition at the Forbes Galleries in New York will showcase 25 years of jewellery design from the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC). The exhibition, “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC,” includes works from more
than 40 AJDC members................

 
   
  All that Glitters : Diamonds Outshine Gold for Chinese Brides
    China’s diamond market, now the world’s second largest after the United States, has more than tripled to $22.8 billion over the last five years, according to data from market research firm Euromonitor, steadily gobbling up market share from gold and far outstripping the growth rate in China’s $76 billion jewellery sector.........................

   
  Alrosa Reserves 608 Million Carats
     Alrosa’s JORC compliant reserves were measured at 608 million carats (mct) with an average grade of 1.34 carats per tonne (ct/t), while its compliant resource base stood at 973 mct (68 percent measured and indicated) with an average grade of
1.38 ct/t, the company said in an update.........................

 
   
  Anglo American Speaks on Platinum
     Anglo American remains committed to its platinum mining business in South Africa, but only if it stays profitable, the group’s new chief executive officer said. The group’s platinum arm, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), made a loss last year amid ongoing low metal prices and labour disputes in South Africa.......................
 
   Brown Diamond Conference
   On October 3rd, the Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA) is hosting a conference on brown diamonds at the Diamond Dealer’s Club in New York City. The spectrum of natural brown diamonds is often referred to as champagne, cognac, chestnut, latte as well as trademarked names such as Le Vian’s Chocolate Diamonds™, and one of the NCDIA’s goals is to help the trade
expand selection of colour descriptions to make it more friendly and understandable to consumers.................

 
  Chennai Hosting Gold Buyer Seller Meet
    The First International Gold Buyer Seller Meet organized by India’s Gem and Jewellery Council Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) in Chennai is not only the first for the product segment, but it is the very first time that the Council will be hosting a
Buyer Seller Meet in the city of Chennai; the location of GJEPC’s regional presence in South India. With its objectives of promoting India as the international gem and jewellery destination, the GJEPC has been continuously working on exploring new markets, reinforcing presence in existing markets, as well as actively promoting the various gem and jewellery product segments................

 
  Chow Tai Seng Now Tanzanite Sightholder
    TanzaniteOne, a subsidiary of Richland Resources Ltd., has announced that it will be selling finished tanzanite stones into China after signing what it calls a polished sightholder agreement with jewellery company Chow Tai Seng...............
 
   
  CIBJO, RJC Sign Accord
   CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, and the Responsible Jewellery Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the International Jewellery London Show. The MOU will further advance responsible business practices among all sectors of the jewellery supply chain, and will include the use of CSR education programmes developed by CIBJO, in collaboration with the
United Nations, and chain of custody certification programmes developed by RJC................

   
  Concern Over Zimbabwe Diamonds
    CIBJO members from European countries met representatives of the European Commission, to discuss EU policy concerning precious mineral imports from conflict areas and the regulation of nickel used in jewellery production......................

 
   
  CIBJO Stresses Consumer Confidence
     CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, is preparing a “groundbreaking” Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) educational
programme for the jewellery sector. It will be offered worldwide and promote the industry’s involvement in sustainable development, CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri told a meeting in Geneva of the High Level Segment of the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).......................

   
  De Beers Moves into Online Auctions
     The De Beers Group of Companies has made an investment in its rough diamond online auction sales platform with the acquisition of a 25 percent equity stake in its online auction service provider, Curtis Fitch. De Beers, which sells approximately 10 percent of its global rough diamond supply through auctions, anticipates that the investment will deepen the successful partnership between the two companies, strengthen the conditions for further innovation, and position De Beers to meet the
evolving needs of a growing auctions customer base.....................
 
   
  Faberge Unveils Advertising Artwork
   The De Beers Group of Companies plans to relocate its purchasing, production and sales base to Singapore as part of its drive to focus on the needs of existing and new customers in India and the Far East. The move will take effect from November 2013. De Beers will also continue to operate its existing network of auction viewing offices in Antwerp, Israel, Dubai and Hong Kong, through which customers can view diamonds being auctioned and engage with their account managers................

 
  GemShares GIGS Diamond Basket Index
    GemShares, LLC, a pioneer in the delivery of physically-backed diamond investment products to regulated exchanges around the globe, and The Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. have announced an agreement to develop the GemShares Global Investment Grade Standard (GIGS™ ) Diamond Basket Index. This transparent, rulesbased index will provide a standardized pricing mechanism for valuing a diamond basket that could be used for the development of financial products................

 
  GJEPC Technology Expo in Surat
    India’s Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council, in affiliation with the Surat Diamond Association (SDA), will host the India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME) in Surat, from December 13-15, 2013. The expo will feature leading international and domestic manufacturers and suppliers of machinery, technology, allied products and services such as packaging, IT and software...........

 
  Hearts on Fire Picks Brand Ambassador
    Hearts on Fire has unveiled Homeland actress Morena Baccarin as the new face of the brand, with a fresh ad campaign launching this month............
 
  HRD Antwerp Sets Course for Future
    New HRD Antwerp General Manager Serge Couvreur believes his previous 25-year career in the retail industry will serve him well in the new position which he took up in March when he replaced Georges Brys.............

   
  India Raises Gold Jewellery Import Duty
    The Indian government has raised the import duty on gold jewellery to 15 percent from 10 percent, but the aim of move appears to be to protect the country’s jewellery industry rather than to slash the purchase of gold from abroad to reduce the ballooning current account deficit..............
 
  Liddicoat, Koivula Honoured
     Two globally important gemmologists – John I. Koivula and the late Richard T. Liddicoat – have been named among the 50 personalities and events that have shaped the history of gems by the French Association of Gemmology. Liddicoat, the former
Gemological Institute of America (GIA) president widely considered the “Father of Modern Gemmology,” was recognized along with Koivula in the modern and contemporary gemmology A close up of one of Stephen Webster’s new campaign images, shot
by Rankin. CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri (left) looks on as AFG President Didier Giard addresses the gathering. October 2013 Bangkok Gems & Jewellery 43 category. Koivula is GIA’s chief research gemmologist and was honoured as part of a
September 5 event in Paris celebrating the association’s 50th anniversary...............

   
  Malca-Amit Disavows West African Namesake
    A company that provides services to diamond industry firms is disavowing any connection with another firm based in West Africa that goes by the same name as it. In an annoncement, Malca-Amit states that the company calling itself Malca- Amit West Africa is not affiliated in any way with the Malca-Amit International Network, and that any claims that it makes in this regard should be discounted as untrue. Malca-Amit urges anyone who is unsure of whether a person claiming to be affiliated with the firm actually is to contact the official company headquarters through their website, www.malcaamit.com......................

 
   
  Masters of Dreams Premieres
     The Gemological Institute of America hosted a premiere of the jewellery documentary Masters of Dreams. A group of nearly 200 industry leaders and jewellery connoisseurs gathered at the Institute for an exclusive film screening. Ken McGrath, GIA
graduate and filmmaker; Alberto Milani, CEO of the Americas for jewellery house Buccellati; and Guy Bedarida, creative director and head designer for jewellery house John Hardy, participated in a panel discussion following the showing of “The Italian
Jewellers” segment........................

   
  New Vicenzaoro 2014 Calendar
     The Goldsmiths’ Fair is set to return for the 31st year at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London this September, running for two weeks into October with a host of new designers. The annual selling showcase of jewellery designers is described as the
largest event of its kind in Europe, attracting several thousand visitors each year with jewellery from 180 designers......................
 
   
   PGI Partners with Style Guru Nina Garcia
   Platinum Guild International USA (PGI-USA) has partnered with Marie Claire creative director and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia for the fourth quarter of 2013 to promote platinum jewellery.................

 
  Public Organization Executives Visit Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand
    Dr. Pornsawat Wathanakul, Director of the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT) (3rd from left) welcomes executive directors and representatives from 38 Thai public organizations to the 4th /2013 Public Organization’s Directors Conference. The executive directors were visiting the GIT’s Gem and Jewelry Testing Laboratory and the Gem and Jewelry Museum in Bangkok.................

   
  Rockwell Recovers Big Diamonds
    Rockwell Diamonds Inc., which mines alluvial deposits in South Africa, recently unearthed 4 pieces of rough weighing between 116 and 169 carats and plans to sell them in concert with Steinmetz Diamonds. All four stones came from Rockwell’s
operations in the Middle Orange River area of South Africa...............

   
  SSEF Issues Alert on Treatment of Conch Pearls
    The Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF) has announced that it has identified a previously unknown treatment of conch pearls (e.g. Strombus gigas) that seriously corrodes and damages the surface of such pearls. SSEF detected the treatment
after running an extensive series of tests on a necklace containing surface corroded conch pearls. The research showed that the conch pearls were damaged by a new and unstable treatment (coating) that was applied on the surface. It seems
the treatment damage is almost irreversible................

   
  Zambia Emerald Auction Successful
    The saga involving Gemfields and the Zambian government continues, with the coloured gemstones producer, which in June decided to postpone its auction in Singapore, instead conducting a rough emeralds auction in Lusaka, Zambia. According to Gemfields, more than half a million carats of rough stones were sold, bringing in $31.5 million................

   
 
 
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