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  2016 Chairmanship of KP
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    Both Australia and the United Arab Emirates were vying for the chairmanship of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in 2016. Not anymore.....................

 
   
  AGS Develps Brand
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    American Gem Society (AGS) and AGS Laboratories recently announced the appointment of luxury Brand Group as its public relations and brand development agency. Luxury Brand Group will work closely with American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories to build continues brand awareness with key consumer and trade targets through strategic public relations initiatives...........................

   
  AIGS Expanding in HK, China
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    The Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) has appointed Joseph Kuzi, founder and managing Director of Diamond Services Ltd., to its Advisory Board, where he will oversee the expansion of the AIGS coloured gemstone report and laboratory services in Hong Kong and Mainland China............................

 
   
   ATC Expands in Angola
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   Business advisory firm Global Equity International Inc, saiid that Dubai-based ATC Enterprises DMCC agreed on introducing a pre-IPO (initial public offering) capital strategy, with the ultimate intent of listing shares on a public stock exchange. The business firm described ATC Enterprises as a diamond trading company that holds one of six operative licences in Angola, permitting it to source, trade and export rough diamonds from artisanal operators...................

 
  AWDC Reviews Role
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    The Antwerp World Diamond Center (AWDC) recently hosted a stakeholder panel to review the organization's role, responsibility and policies with regard to sustainability, and discuss the activities and intiatives that AWDC should undertake in order to achieve a sustainable diamond industry. THe panel was reportedly made up of 20 people, half of whom are active in or familar with the diamond industry, and the other half comprised of sustainability experts or people who are specialized in sustainability reporting...............
 
   
  Cayman Diamond Exchange Mooted
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    It's already a major offshore financial centre, but the Cayman Islands could also become home to an important diamond exchange, according to World Federation of Diamond Bourses president Ernie Biom. .................

   
  Chow Tai Fook at Expo Milano 2015
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    Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd showcased a number of jewellery collections that celebrate heaven, humanity and nature during a successful "Tribute to the Beauty of Life" event atEXpo Milano 2015........................

 
   
  EGL Platinum Reorganization Plan
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      EGL's reorganization plan was presented in the Isreal Diamond Exchange (IDE). EGL Platinum President Menahem Sevdermish met industry leaders and bourse members to lay out the steps EGL plans to implement to bring uniform grading standards across its branches worldwide, as well as the issuing of new gem certifications........................

   
    Endless Jewelry in Asia Launch
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     Danish brand Endless Jewelry hosted a show-stopping launch into Asia - its 23rd market worldwide........................
 
   
 
  Epic 101 Diamond Cut
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     Gems One launched the Epic 101, a new branded special cut diamond that features 101 facets and employs what the company said was a faceting architecture designed to provide maximum light performance. The company is marketing the Epic 101 to authorized dealers to gain a competitive advantage in the bridal category...................

 
  Diamond Producers Association
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    Seven of the world's leading diamond mining companies announced their commitment to from the Diamond Producers Association (DPA).........

 
  Gemfields Release Ruby Film
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    To celebrate the global launch of Gemsfields' Mozambican rubies, the company had launched a new short film starring brand ambassador Mila Kunis and directed by renowned art photographer Jeff Burton........

   
  German Gold Demand Rises
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    THe German precious metals trading company DEgussa Goldhandel GMBH reports a very significant increase in physical gold investments in the first half of 2015..........

   
  GIA Courses at Harvard
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    THe Gemological Institute of America (GIA), for the second time in a row, organised a Global Leadership Programme for senior executives from the gem and jewellery industry. The programme was held at the Harvard Business School (HBS). About 42 senior executives from 12 countries and 14 sectors-ranging from mining to manufacturing and retail - gathered to discuss the industry and participated in a custom programme with a currriculum based on the distinguished HBS case study method, said GIA...........

   
  Good Attendance at Myanmar Gems Emporium
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    Merchants from China to Malaysia flocked to Naypyidaw, Myanmar last month to inspect the annual auction of jade and precious stones..........

   
  HRD Alert on Sythetics
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     The HRD Antwerp diamond lab has issued an upgrade regarding new developments in the lab grown diamond identification arena. Below is their report:..........

   
  HRD Signs MoUs with China
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   HRD Antwerp, a leading name in diamond certification and education, has signed two different Memorandums of Understanding with Chinese organisations during the recent visit of a Royal Belgium and China. The mission was led by KIng Phillippe and Queen Mathide of Belgium............

   
  Indian Diamantaires Face Crisis
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    At a meeting attended by senior representatives of nearly 250 of Idia's top diamond exporting companies held at the Bharat Diamond Bourse, the Indian industry decided to consult with all stakeholders before outing the short-term and long-term measures needed to deal with the current crisis facing the indusrtry...........

   
  Indian Gold Trade Thrives
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    The Indian government is meeting stiff resistance in its drive to make the buying of gold jewellery more transparent and to channel demand into paper gold to stop gold metal being used to hide billions of dollars of undeciared 'black money', The jewellery trade says the Narendra Modi government's plans to trace gold deals is unworkable and won't deter holders of black money, or hundreds of millions of Indians outside the tax net, from buying gold to keep their wealth away from the prying eyes of the authorities.........
   
  Jewellery Fair Competition
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    Attendees at the upcoming Sydney jewellery fair will have the opportunity to learn from an international jewellery manufacturing competition winner, who has agreed to be involved in a new industry contest...........

   
  Pandora Store Refurbishment
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    Pandora Australia's pioneer brand-only store has been refurbished with a fresh look almost a decade after its doors opened. The official re-opening of the retail space, which is located in the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in Sydney, took place last month. The move is said to be of significant importance given it was the first 'concept' store the company launched in Australia, opening in September 2007, some three years after the Danish brand was introduced to the Australian market...........
   
  Rio Tinto, Bulgari, Ibertaly in RJC Re-certification
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    Rio Tinto, Bulgari and Ibertaly recently achieved re-certification from the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). British luxury brand Monica Vinader likewise achieved certification against the 2013 code of Practices (COP) at its UK and Hong Kong facilities.........

   
 Showcase Jewellers Shifts Focus
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    Showcase Jewelers has announced it is switching gears in response to the evolving market by placing a greater focus on diamonds and fine jewellery. Showcase general manager Carson Webb said the buying group was making a concerted effort to help members strengthen the diamond and fine jewellery side of their businesses, highlighting the importance of offering improved marketing and branding assistance............

   
  Singapore Diamond Exchange
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    Singapore Diamond INvestment Exchange Pte Ltd (SDIX) has announced that its SDIX platform, a commodities exchange in physically settled diamonds, is targeted to go 'live' in September 2015. The SDIX platform, will enable diamonds to be traded as a commodity, using what the company describes as a "real-time price discovery mechanism"........

   
  Swarovski 2016 Jewellery Trend Forecast
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    The latest edition of Swarovski Gems' annual forecast of design trends has been released. Gem Visions is an attempt to predict the hottest styles for jewellery lovers, designers and retailers........

   
  Yellow Diamond Mine Closes
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    Kimberley Diamonds Ltd. has suspended operation of the Ellendale Diamond Mine in northwest Australia, attributing its decision to lower revenue from a decline in grades of recovered diamonds........

   
  Zimbabwe Diamond Industry 'Sensitive'
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    The British Embassy in Harare said while Zimbabwe has offered a "favourable" investment climate, investors interested in the country's diamonds should know that the industry is "politically sensitive", It said in its June report that BRitish investors should consult the embassy in Harare for advice if they are interested in the local diamond industry........

 
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