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07/16/14

World Diamond Council hiring executive director

The recently revamped World Diamond Council has begun an international search for an executive director who will handle the day-to-day management of the organization, a new role at the WDC.

07/02/14

Banned diamonds are entering pipeline, WDC warns

There is evidence that conflict diamonds from the Central African Republic are reaching international markets, despite the fact that trade in rough from that country was banned by the Kimberley Process more than a year ago.  

06/19/14

DDI: The time is now to help artisanal miners

An executive from the Diamond Development Initiative is urging industry leaders to do more to help the more than 1.5 million artisanal miners laboring under dangerous conditions in Africa and South America.  

06/09/14

Banned CAR diamonds intercepted in Antwerp

Belgian authorities reported Friday that they recently seized a shipment of rough stones that potentially are conflict diamonds from the Central African Republic.

06/03/14

DEF’s Vegas gala raises more than $1M for education

The Diamond Empowerment Fund’s mission of providing higher education to children in Africa’s diamond-producing countries got a boost in Las Vegas, with the organization’s annual gala raising more than $1 million.

05/28/14

GIA hires former State Dept. advisor for new role

The Gemological Institute of America now has a global director of development and beneficiation, and has tapped the former special advisor for conflict diamonds with the U.S. State Department to fill the role.

05/15/14

Chaka Khan to headline DEF’s Las Vegas event

The Diamond Empowerment Fund announced this week that Grammy award-winning singer Chaka Khan will perform at its “Diamonds in the Sky” gala event on May 29 in Las Vegas. 

05/14/14

Edward Asscher elected president of the WDC

The World Diamond Council announced Tuesday that it has a new president, vice president and treasurer following the first formal meeting of the organization’s new board of directors.

05/13/14

State Dept. issues alert for fake KP certificates

Diamond traders and others in the industry should be on the lookout for a fake Kimberley Process certificate numbered Sierra Leone (SL) 004199.  

05/01/14

Following restructuring, WDC elects new board

The members of the World Diamond Council have elected a new board of directors in the first poll conducted since the organization amended its bylaws last November. 

04/30/14

Ivory Coast now free to trade in diamonds

The United Nations Security Council has voted to lift the nearly decade-long ban on diamond exports from the Ivory Coast, freeing the country, which already has been cleared by the Kimberley Process, to re-enter the diamond trade. 

04/24/14

Report: Ivory Coast officer violating embargo

United Nations experts report that a senior Ivory Coast army officer might be using profits from diamond sales to buy arms, violating the country’s longstanding embargo just as it was getting close to returning to the diamond trade. 

04/21/14

DEF event scores additional sponsors

A pair of large mining companies and one of the world’s biggest retailers are among the latest industry players to pledge their support for the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s annual gala in Las Vegas.  

04/18/14

Diamond Development Initiative expands into the DRC

The Diamond Development Initiative, the organization working to improve the lives of artisanal miners around the globe, is partnering with Promines to improve the governance of metals mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, expanding the organization’s scope beyond diamonds. 

03/21/14

GIA again recognized for ethical practices

For the second year in a row, the Ethisphere Institute has again named the Gemological Institute of America as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. 

01/13/14

DEF, Forevermark partner for education program

Forevermark and the Diamond Empowerment Fund are teaming up and launching the Forevermark Promise Scholars program this year, which will provide assistance to DEF’s educational beneficiaries in Africa.

12/27/13

DEF donates $175K to educational institutions

The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has given a $175,000 grant to be split among its three beneficiaries, all of which provide higher education in diamond-producing nations.

12/11/13

DEF announces entertainment for 2014 Good Awards

The Diamond Empowerment Fund said that DJ M.O.S. has been selected to spin at the third annual Good Awards this January. 

12/05/13

No date set for tender of Marange goods

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) said it doesn’t have a firm date for its tender of rough diamonds from Zimbabwe’s Marange region, rebuffing reports that the sale started this week.

11/25/13

KP recognizes that Cote d’Ivoire is compliant

Though there is no new definition for conflict, members of the Kimberley Process did pave the way for one nation to get back into the diamond trade at last week’s plenary in Johannesburg.

11/21/13

Diamond manufacturer gives millions for hospital

The shareholders of Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd., a De Beers Group sightholder and diamond and jewelry manufacturer, have earmarked some funds for a very important and altruistic purpose.

11/20/13

‘Conflict’ definition seems unlikely to change

It’s time again for the Kimberley Process’ annual plenary meeting, and process observers say a broader definition of “conflict” diamond doesn’t seem any closer to finding the support it needs to pass this year.

11/20/13

WDC now restricts presidents to a single term

After being led by the same individual for more than a dozen years, the World Diamond Council (WDC), the organization created as the diamond industry’s voice on the issue of conflict diamonds, has established a term limit for its president.

11/13/13

Tender of Marange goods possible this year

Representatives from Zimbabwe paid a visit to Antwerp this week to discuss organizing a sale of rough diamonds from the country’s Marange region before the end of 2013.

11/07/13

DEF to honor Botswana president at Las Vegas event

The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) announced Wednesday that it will hold a third Diamonds in the Sky event in Las Vegas next year where it will honor Botswana’s President Ian Khama. 

10/30/13

Rapaport to speak on undisclosed synthetics

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has announced that Martin Rapaport, chairman of the Rapaport Group, will give a speech at its November conference about the issue of undisclosed synthetics, which again has been making headlines in the trade.
 

09/25/13

IDEX Online: AWDC welcomes sanctions lift

In an official statement published Tuesday the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) responded to the lifting of restrictive measures on the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) by the European Union. 

09/24/13

New report details ups, downs of the KP

Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) recently published a report on the Kimberley Process on behalf of the KP’s civil society coalition, intended for use by the industry and the general public. 

09/19/13

NGO: EU lifting of Zimbabwe sanctions was rushed

A decision by European Union to lift sanctions against a state-run diamond mining company in Zimbabwe is drawing criticism from the same non-governmental organization that exited the Kimberley Process over issues in the nation. 

09/06/13

Belgium, EU at odds over Zimbabwe mining co.

Reuters reports that Belgium is pushing for the European Union to lift sanctions on the state-run Zimbabwe Mining Development Corp. (ZMDC) despite other countries’ concerns over alleged fraud in the July election that kept President Robert Mugabe in office. 

09/06/13

Designer with a heart raising funds for Zimbabwe

San Diego-based jewelry designer Alexandra Hart has a special connection to this nation, all because of meeting one extraordinary local woman.