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  35ct Yellow Sapphire to Auction Block
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    A rare 35.73ct Australian yellow sapphire called "Willows' has been consigned to Sotheby's Australia's important Jewels auction to be held in Melbourne on May 12. The gem is the largest natural yellow sapphire ever offered at auction in Australia...................

 
   
  $2.4 million Watch Features Emeralds
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    High-end watchmakers are reportedly looking outside of the box when designing new gem-set timepieces, and that invariably involves considering gemstones as the alternative to diamonds. One of them is Jacob & Co., a privately owned jewel and watch manufacturer from New York, whose latest creation focuses exclusively on emralds...........................

   
  Alrosa Elects New President
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     Russian Diamond mining company Alrosa has appointed Andrey Zhakov as its new president Zhakov's election by the Superisory Board of Alrosa follows the untimely death of former president and CEO Fyodor Andreev...........................

 
   
   Angola Diamond Trial Postponed
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   The defamation trial of Angola's anti-corruption activist Rafael Marques was postponed untile May 14, while discussions were underway to negotiate a settlement. The case which was brought against Marques by millitary generals, is being closed doors. However, one mining firm is not negotiating and may proceed against Marques in its own lawsult.................

 
  AWDC Renews Support of DDI
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    The Antwerp World Diamond Centre and DDI announce that the AWDC has made an important contribution to the Diamond Developement Initiative. This year's grant will be the third donation from the centre in support of DDI's work in bringing developement to artisanal mining communities. Ari Epstein, CEO of the Antwerp Wrold Diamond Council, said , "AWDC supports DDI because it is working at a primary source of the diamond pipeline, among people who are an importantm but too often forgotten part of our industry".............
 
   
  Blue Nile Aims for China Market
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   US-based online diamond jeweller Blue Nile Inc. is counting on China's growing middle-class marketing to feul growth. Blue Nile is targeting middle class couples with bigger disposable incomed who are planning to marry.................

   
  Carpe Koi Watch Bracelet
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    The Koi, or more specifically nishkigol, is an ornamental variety of domesticated carp that is popularly placed in outdoor ponds or water gardens in Japan, Seemingly delicate, they nonetheless swim up rivers and climb waterfalls, with a sprit of daring, it is said, which is not unlike that of a Samurai warrior. Popular legend has it that, when caught, the Koi will lie still beneath the knife, facing its death bravely, like a Samuel facing a sword......................

 
   
  Cheng Joins WDMF Board
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      Peter (Kar Shing) Cheng, the chairman of the Chow Tai Fook Foundation and a director of Chow Tai Fook, joined the board of the World Diamond Mark Foundation (WDMF), an industry group that assists in the promotion of diamonds to consumers........................

   
  Chow Tai Fook, Swarovski in Spring Launch
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     In Beijing, Chow Tai Fook collaborated with Swarovski Genuine Gemstones to showcase a Magic Gerden, Designed by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, the Magic Garden series includes fantastical flora and fauna sculptures in addition to a private label jewel collection created exclusively for the CIF brand. As signs of spring with the new colection as well as an intriguing magic show that brought the Magic Garden experience to life in a whole new way. Including conjured butterflies and flowers from thin air......................
 
   
 
  CIBJO Coral Blue Book
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     The CIBJO Congress to be held on May 6, 2015 in Brazil, will see the coral industry take a huge step towards the harmonisation of grading stadards and nomenciature with CIBJO's Coral Commission presenting a draff of a Coral Blue Book for consideration.................

 
  Colombia to Host Emerald Symposium
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    Colombia is to hold the first gathering of the world emerald producing countries to take part in the event in Bogota from October 13 to 15. The conference will be followed by a visit to the famous Muzo emerald mine..........

 
  Foreevermark Opens Grading Lab in India
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    DE Beers diamond brand Foreveramrk has new $10 million diamond inscription and grading facility in Surat, India.........

   
  Gem-A Conference in November
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    The Gemological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) will hold its annual international conference on November 21 and 22, 2015 at the Royal Institue of British Architects (RIBA) in Marylebone, London.........

   
  Gemfields Hold Ruby Auction in Jaipur
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    Gemfields plc announced that the Jaipur India auction of predominantly lower quality rough ruby and corundum extracted by Montepuez held from 17 to 22 April 2015 was an overwhelming success and generated revenues of US$16.1 million at an average price of US$4.03 per carat. In terms of volumes the company said that 3.99 million carats (99%) out of the total of 4.03 million carats offered were sold..........

   
  GIA Website in Chinese
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    Millions morepeople will now have access to information on gems and jewellery as the GIA launches a Simplified Chinese translation on its website. Users with Chinese as their principal launguage can now access the Institute's laboratory services and industry news..........

   
  HRD Antwerp Appoints New CEO
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     Hrd Antwerp has announced the appointment of Peter Macken as its new CEO. From June 1, Macken, who is currently CEO of technology group Irmaco nv, willl combine his role at HRD on a part-time basis with his current positions. He will take enter the job on a full time basis from the end of August. Macken has more than 30 years of management experience. He holds on MBA from the University of Chicago and a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Leuven.........

   
  India Opens Diamond Test Centre
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    In India, the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) along with the Indian Diamond Institute (IDI) launched the Diamond Detection and Resource Center (DDRC) on 3rd April, 2015 at the Indian Diamond Institute (IDI) Surat..........

   
  Indian Team at PDE Opening
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    A delegation from India's Gem and Jewellery Exports Promotiion Council (GJEPC) led by its Vice Chairman Pankaj Parekh visited Panama last month, both to participate in the inauguration of the Panama Diamond Exchange (PDE) and to promote bilateral trade of gems and jewellery products between India and the Latin American countries.........

   
  OGI Debuts Symmetry Technology
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    OGI systems Ltd, announced their worldwidebreakthrough symmetry analysis and evaluation technology for polished diamonds - the Symmetry Leakage, The technology can predict symmetry leakage in a single impression........

   
  Opal Design Awards
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    Designer John Ford has been named the keynote speaker at the international Opal Jewellery Design Awards, to be held in Australia on July 31. Ford said he is the first American invited to give the keynote adddress at the event..........

   
  Petra Blue Diamond Cut
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    Petra Diamonds reported that revenue fell 41 percent year on year to $96.1 million in the third quarter that ended on March 31. The company sold 826.815 carats during the period, representing a 9 percent decline. Production rose 6 percent to 791,443 carats..........
   
 RJC Holds AGM in India
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    The Responsible Jewellery Council held its Annual General Meeting in Mumbai, giving attendees the opportunity to visit key diamond and jewellery manufacturing centres in Surat and the SEEPZ special Economic Zones........

   
 Rosy Blue Installs Sarine Systems
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    Sarine Technologies Ltd. a worldwide leader in precision technology products for diamonds and gems, announce that Rosy Blue, one of the leading diamond manufacturers, is upgrading its production facility with Sarine systems..........

   
 Samsung in Panama Jewels Pact
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    Samsung Electronics and the World Jewelry Hub signed a memorandum of understanding, pledging to cooperate strategically on providing added value to both organizations, as well as their to respective clients and stakeholders in Panama. The two expect to create a strategic alliance to develop projects that provide mutual commercial benefits and encourage loyalty to both brands. In addition, the two organizations agreed to develop projects that will serve local communities and expand corporate social responsibilities.........

   
 Sotheby''s Sells 100-carat Diamond
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    At Sotheby's New York auction, The ultimate Emerald Cut Diamond, a 100.20-carat D. If typella estimated at $19 milllion to $25 million, sold for $22,090,000 or $220,459 per carat, to an anonymous buyer on the phone...........

   
 Swarovski Unveils Mother's Day Collection
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    Swarovski recently launched its 2015 Mother's Day collection, which it described as "infused with a contemporary adn modern feel...........

   
 Turkey, AWDC Ink Pact
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    Borsa Istanbul, Turkey's centralised bourse for diamonds and precious metals, JTR Jewellery Exporters Association and Antwerp World Diamond Cente (AWDC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening the diamond trade between the two countries. The signing coincided with the visit of a trade delegate headed by Belgium Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter de Cream which visited istabul..........

   
 WFDB Presidents Meeting
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    The Presidents of World federation of Diamond Bourses (MFDB) affiated exchange worldwide are making preporationsn ahead of the 2015 Presidents Meeting in Tel Aviv set of take place from June 14 to 16. WFDB President of the organization's 30 bourses will be one of the most important ever held in light of the issues facing the global diamond trade...........

   
 World Jewelry Hub Opens in Panama
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    The World Jewelry Hub (WJH), the first dedicated diamond gemstone and jewel trading centre in Latin America, was offcially inauguarated in the presernce of Panama's held of state, President Juan Carlos Varela, government representatives industry leaders and more than 350 members of the business from the region and around the world...........

   
 
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