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Diamond Growers Form a Group of Their Own

The purpose of the new International Grown Diamond Association is to represent the lab-grown diamond industry and promote the stones as a “new choice,” organizers said.


Kiran Gems Opens New Diamond Polishing Plant

Located in Surat, the 500,000-square-foot facility will help the company streamline its manufacturing process, Kiran said.


Diamond Production, Sales Down for De Beers

Diamond production fell by double-digit percentages in both the fourth quarter and full year for De Beers, as the company has scaled back operations due to muted demand worldwide.


Lucapa Recovers 133-Carat Diamond

Though the company said the stone is not of high quality, its discovery underscores the potential for more big finds.


Diamond Grower IIa Responds in Patent Fight

IIa Technologies, sister company to Pure Grown Diamonds, is refuting claims of patent infringement made by De Beers subsidiary Element Six.


Rio Tinto’s 2015 Diamond Production up 25 Percent

The mining company ramped up operations at Argyle, which is known for producing pink and brown diamonds.


De Beers Diamond Advertising to Continue in 2016

Though the company did not provide details on its plans, CEO Philippe Mellier said more marketing is needed to stimulate demand in what’s expected to be a “volatile” year. 


Jean-Marc Lieberherr Leaving Rio Tinto

He is being replaced by Simon Trott, the managing director of Rio Tinto’s salt and uranium businesses.


Major Organizations Offering IDEX Access

Free access to the IDEX Trading Floor as well as to the monthly IDEX diamond price reports are now available to the members of a number of key jewelry industry organizations.


De Beers’ Element 6 Suing Diamond Grower IIa

Element 6 alleges that IIa Technologies, the sister company of Pure Grown Diamonds, is using its patented diamond-growing techniques without permission.


NCDIA Appoints Barbara Wheat as Executive VP

The industry veteran will place an emphasis on training, education and the benefits of jewelers carrying natural color diamonds.


Lazare Kaplan faces SEC action

The Securities and Exchange Commission said it is now “necessary and appropriate” to institute a public administrative proceeding against Lazare Kaplan that could result in the revocation of the company’s registration.


IDE Honors Past President Yair Sahar

The 66th General Assembly of the Israel Diamond Exchange gave former IDE President Yair Sahar the title of Honorary President.


Diamond Trading Centre Opens in India

The opening of the center marks a major milestone in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign to promote India as a major global diamond trading hub.


Alrosa Uncovers 105-Carat Diamond

The 105.6-carat stone, extracted from processing plant No. 14 at the Jubilee kimberlite pipe, is octahedral and transparent, with a moderate yellowish hue.


IDE Elects New President

Yoram Dvash of Dvash Diamonds was elected president of the Israel Diamond Exchange, succeeding incumbent President Shmuel Schnitzer, who served one two-year term.


Pioneer Gems’ Sancheti Elected IDCA President

He will lead the Indian Diamond and Colorstone Association in 2016, alongside Vice President Rakesh Barmecha of Niru NY Ltd.


De Beers’ Parent Company to Cut 85K Jobs

The layoffs include more than 1,500 jobs at De Beers as the company scales back diamond production for 2016.


De Beers Shuts Down Mine in Canada

De Beers has ceased operations at its Snap Lake mine and will take the next year to determine if mining there is worthwhile given the drop in demand for diamonds.


Lucara in ‘No Rush’ with its 1,111-Carat Find

The huge rough diamond, which was discovered last month at a mine in Botswana, still is in the process of being evaluated.


De Beers Sells its Oldest Diamond Mining Site

Two companies are paying $7.2 million to buy the Kimberley Mines, a site where diamond production has been taking place since the 1870s.


Two More Big Diamonds Discovered

The large diamond finds continue, with mining company Petra Diamonds recovering a 23.16-carat pink and Lucara coming up big again with an 813-carat white diamond.


“Seize the Day” diamond ad campaign launches

De Beers and its diamond brand Forevermark have launched their call-to-action advertising campaign that is designed to increase consumer demand for diamonds across the board this holiday season. 


To figure out the kids, the DPA turns to Mother

The Diamond Producers Association announced this week that it will be working with advertising agency Mother New York to figure out how to make diamonds appealing to the younger generation.


1,111-carat diamond found in Botswana

The Type IIa stone is the second-largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered, and the biggest find in more than a century.


Diamond dealer Lou Blank dies at 81

Lou Blank, a longtime diamond wholesaler at his family’s business, Joseph Blank Inc., died this month at his suburban New York City home. 


Anglo American shuffles management team

De Beers parent company announced a number of management changes this week that are designed to aid in the company’s marketing and turnaround strategy, changes that bring a De Beers executive into a top position.


128-carat yellow diamond going to tender

Fusion/Hennig Tenders has a 128.18-carat fancy yellow diamond to sell, a stone recovered from a diamond tailings plant in South Africa.


Alrosa reports finding 103-carat diamond

The Russian mining company recovered the stone, which weighed 102.85 carats to be exact, from its Jubilee kimberlite pipe. 


De Beers cuts Q3 production by 27 percent

The diamond miner and marketer said the reduction is a reflection of “current trading conditions,” while competitor Alrosa also noted that diamond sales continue to be sluggish.


Debbie Hiss to consult with Dominion Diamond

Dominion Diamond Corp. is bringing on industry product and sales trainer Debbie Hiss to provide consulting services on its CanadaMark program. 


GJEPC elects new chair, vice chair

Praveenshankar Pandya now is chairperson of India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, while Rosy Blue’s Russell Mehta was elected GJEPC vice chairperson.


US consumer demand for diamonds ‘consistent’

Polished diamond prices continued their slide in September, with U.S. demand for diamonds described as steady but growth in other key markets restrained.


Lucapa unearths 90-carat rough in Angola

The diamond miner just announced a number of exceptional finds from its Lulo mine, including this big rock and eight other diamonds weighing more than 10 carats each.


65 red and pink diamonds, on a world tour

Rio Tinto once again has four fancy reds in its annual tender of special stones from the Argyle in Western Australia, the mine that produces the vast majority of the world’s pink and red diamonds.


Petra Diamonds full-year revenue down 10 percent

Despite a 2 percent increase in production, Petra Diamonds’ revenue decreased 10 percent to $425 million as a weaker diamond market and dependence on diluted mining areas affected performance.


Report raises questions about Antwerp Diamond Bank

KBC never made a good faith effort to sell Antwerp Diamond Bank because certain key players knew what authorities would find if they looked under the hood, a new article alleges.


Large rough diamond sells for nearly $20M

A 357-carat white diamond recovered at the Letšeng mine in July sold for $19.3 million in Antwerp last week. 


Lab-grown diamond co. secures $1.57M in funding

Scio has just secured another round of funding, which it said will be used to continue product development and for working capital.


In 2014, Russia was world’s No. 1 diamond producer

Data for 2014 published recently by the Kimberley Process shows that the Russian Federation topped Botswana in diamond production last year, in both volume and value terms.


Tiffany closes diamond polishing plant in Namibia

The company’s subsidiary, Laurelton Diamonds, has shuttered Laurelton Reign Diamonds and laid off the plant’s 157 workers.


De Beers announces holiday ad campaign

Called “Seize the Day,” the marketing campaign will use simple taglines and diamond imagery to urge men to buy diamond jewelry as gifts.


Lucara finds 336-carat diamond in Botswana

The diamond producer continues to find exceptional diamonds at its Karowe mine in Botswana, recovering a total of four stones of notable size recently.


DMIA re-elects Vanderlinden as president

The Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America re-elected Ronnie VanderLinden president and elected a new executive board and board of directors at its general meeting.


Diamond industry veteran George Kaplan dies at 97

George Kaplan, a well-known diamond cutter and former vice chairman and treasurer of Lazare Kaplan International, died July 12 after a short illness.


Diamond sales down 23 percent for Rio Tinto

Rough sales slumped in the first half of the year for the mining company, mirroring what Alrosa and De Beers reported recently.


153-carat rough diamond being offered at tender

The “exceptional” white stone is part of Fusion Alternatives/I. Hennig’s latest sale of rough diamonds from the Kao Mine in Lesotho.


Former DTC executive tapped for WFDB post

Louise Prior, who spent a total of 18 years with De Beers, is the new executive director of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses. 


White Pine to hold buying event this weekend

White Pine Trading, which deals in pre-owned diamonds and jewelry, is hosting a buying event for retailers at its New York office on Saturday, July 25. 


De Beers first-half sales drop 21 percent

The underlying issue for the diamond miner and marketer is weak consumer demand for diamond jewelry, which has persisted so far in 2015.


Alrosa notes ‘slowdown’ in diamond market

The Russian diamond mining company saw its first half sales decline even as production increased 13 percent.


De Beers Q2 production drops

The volume of rough diamonds mined by De Beers fell 6 percent in the second quarter due in part to the company cutting back in response to “softer” trading conditions. 


Rio Tinto continues telling its Story

Rio Tinto’s Diamonds with a Story campaign recently welcomed four new designers and launched a website created specifically for retailers, designers and manufacturers. 


Mine that Tiffany tapped for yellow diamonds closes

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


Indian traders stop short of banning rough imports

India’s top diamond exporters said no to temporarily stemming the flow of rough into the country but have outlined a number of other measures the trade there will take to deal with oversupply and lagging demand worldwide.


Rio Tinto sells stake in Zimbabwe diamond mine

The Murowa Diamond Mine, which is located in south central Zimbabwe, now will be locally owned and operated.


8-carat diamond found in Arkansas park

The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro has yielded another impressive piece of rough: an 8.52-carat stone that is among the largest diamonds ever found there.


Genesis sets date of first summer silent auction

Toronto-based Genesis Rare Diamonds will hold the “The Radiant Diamonds of Summer” auction on July 5 and will donate the proceeds from the sale of one diamond to a local nonprofit.


CanadaMark looks to make its mark in the US

After resurrecting the hallmark program last year, Dominion Diamond Corp. launched a consumer marketing campaign to support the stones and, now, an online trading platform. 


Diamond producers pool their resources

The world’s largest diamond mining companies have formed an association to buoy demand for mined diamonds, but won’t be doing generic marketing on the scale that De Beers once did.


Company grows 10-carat colorless diamond

The International Gemological Institute Hong Kong has certified what it believes is currently the world’s largest colorless synthetic diamond--a 10.02-carat square emerald-cut stone grown by New Diamond Technology.


De Beers wants to sell its oldest mine

The diamond miner and marketer is looking for a buyer for the Kimberley Mines in South Africa, a site where diamonds have been dug up since the 1870s.  


Royal Asscher to debut new cut, campaign at JCK

The family-owned diamond company has a patented round brilliant cut and a new ad campaign starring model Nicola Breytenbach.


Brad Campbell named VP of sales at Sarine

 Campbell, who has worked with Morgan Jewelers and the Leading Jewelers Guild, has more than 35 years of executive-level experience in the diamond jewelry industry.


Botswana mine yields 342-carat diamond

The huge gem-quality piece of rough came out of Karowe, the same mine that yielded two 200-carat-plus pieces of rough last year.  


Fire Polish to open factory in New York

 The diamond company plans to open the facility in the Big Apple by year’s end and has signed a licensing agreement with Cal Tech University for “nano prisms.” 


30-carat purple diamond being offered at tender

Discovered in the tailings plant of the Superkolong mine in South Africa, the 30.80-carat rough diamond has “exquisite gemological characteristics.”


Lucapa uncovers 63-carat diamond in Angola

The mining company found the Type IIa stone at the Lulo Diamond Concession, an alluvial mining operation.  


White Pine opens Mumbai office

White Pine Trading is increasing its emphasis on its Indian operations with the opening of a new location in Mumbai, marking its fourth internationally. 


Two Sarine Loupe service centers open

Sarine Technologies has collaborated with Brink’s Global Services to open Sarine Loupe Service Centers in Los Angeles and Hong Kong. 


Upcoming GIA exhibit ‘Dreams’ of diamonds

The Gemological Institute of America will host an exhibit showcasing 25 exceptionally rare diamonds and pieces of diamond jewelry at its Carlsbad headquarters in the coming weeks, coinciding with the debut of a book on these unique pieces. 


Alrosa’s sales climb but currency hurts profits

Russian diamond miner Alrosa saw diamond sales increase in 2014 but was stung by the sharp depreciation of the ruble. 


World’s largest diamond factory opens in Singapore

IIa Technologies said it has a commercially viable process for creating high-quality, Type IIa diamonds at the new 200,000-square-foot facility.  


Gem Diamonds revenue up 27 percent in 2014

After a year that saw mostly strong prices for both rough and polished diamonds at tender for the miner, Gem Diamonds’ revenue for the fiscal full year ended Dec. 31 hit $270.9 million.


Petra Diamonds revenue up 16 percent

 Despite production dropping 2 percent, the mining company saw a substantial increase in revenue in the first half of fiscal year 2015.


Leo Schachter leads Israel’s diamond exporter list

The company recorded net exports of $288 million in 2014, topping the list of the country’s polished diamond exporters for the fourth year in a row.


De Beers: US diamond demand is ‘solid’

Sales and profits rose in 2014 for the diamond miner and marketer due to ‘solid demand’ in key markets, particularly in the United States.


GJEPC honors India’s best in Mumbai

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council held its annual India Gem & Jewellery Awards in late January, recognizing Indian jewelry companies for excellence.


Alrosa’s former president dies at the age of 48

Fyodor Andreev, who was president of Alrosa from 2009 until he left in September citing medical reasons, died Friday. He was 48.


De Beers diamond production up 5 percent in ‘14

Though a safety stoppage impacted mining in the fourth quarter, parent company Anglo American reported that De Beers finished the year ahead.  


Rio Tinto releases newest Select Diamantaires list

Mining company Rio Tinto has released the names of the companies that now have long-term contracts to buy diamonds from one or more of its three mines--Argyle, Diavik or Murowa.   


Rio Tinto’s rough output down 13 percent

Mining company Rio Tinto recorded a double-digit drop in its rough diamond production in 2014 as compared with 2013.  


Diamond trade hit by lack of credit, low profits

Israel exported only slightly more polished diamonds in 2014 than it did in 2013, as the diamond industry faced “major challenges” worldwide.  


SRK honors Dalai Lama with award

The Dalai Lama was honored with the Santokbaa Award by Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. during a recent visit to Surat, India. 


Kiran Gems helps clean up Mumbai beach

Indian diamond manufacturer Kiran Gems participated in India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan initiative earlier this month by cleaning up Juhu beach. 


Niru Diamonds among Israel’s ‘outstanding’ exporters

Niru Diamonds Israel was one of 10 companies lauded for its exporting accomplishments during a ceremony held Sunday at the residence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.  


Investors sink $2.5M into lab-grown diamond co.

Scio announced this week that a group of three investors calling themselves Heritage Gemstone Investors Inc. are providing $2.5 million in funding to the company. 


Kiran Gems renews contract, wins award

Indian diamond manufacturer Kiran Gems renewed its contract with Alrosa at the World Diamond Conference just held in New Delhi.  


Diamond grower produces 3-carat white stone

Pure Grown Diamonds, the company formerly known as Gemesis, has broken yet another carat barrier in the creation of white, or colorless, diamonds.  


Marketing, financing top conference topics

Next week, key diamond industry leaders, and reportedly even Russian President Vladimir Putin, are slated to attend a conference in India that will address challenges facing the industry today.  


IDI reviving diamond pop-up shop for Cyber Monday

The Israel Diamond Institute announced Monday that it will launch a direct-to-consumer, pop-up sales platform for loose diamonds and diamond jewelry on Dec. 1, the day known as Cyber Monday because of the high volume of online shopping. 


De Beers is ‘changing with the times’

De Beers executives gave Anglo American PLC investors an overview of the diamond business Monday, highlighting financial transparency, supply-demand dynamics and its belief in brands. 


Hari Krishna rewards employees with cars, homes

Cash bonuses, jewelry, trips--these are examples of rewards retail employees could see when a store meets its sales goals. And these might have been more than enough to satisfy, until they get word about the rewards one company recently heaped on its workers.


Diamond grower producing 2-carat, E color stones

 A lab-grown diamond company announced Monday that it is now producing high-quality 2-carat diamonds and expects to be growing 3-carat stones by early 2015.  


Supplier sends 10 carats sky high

To celebrate its new “Diamonds” collection, London’s Bonds of Union flew an exceptional stone over Holland Park in west London.


Antwerp diamond fair dates set for 2015

The next Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair is scheduled for Feb. 1 to 3, with the trading floors of the city's diamond bourses converted into exhibition spaces for the event.


Gov’t releases report on combating child labor

Cote D’Ivoire, Colombia and Brazil are among the nations that have made significant progress to combat child labor in mines over the past year, a report from the U.S. Department of Labor states. 


Israel exchange again stressing mined diamonds

Next month, members of the Israel Diamond Exchange will return to New York for another week-long trading event, bringing back with them their “Natural Is Real” campaign emphasizing the Israeli diamond industry’s commitment to mined, not lab-grown, stones. 


Citing health concerns, Alrosa president steps down

Alrosa, one of the world’s largest diamond mining companies, announced that President Fyodor Andreev is resigning for medical reasons. 


NY Diamond Week slated for mid-November

The third edition of Israel Diamond Week in New York has been scheduled to take place in mid-November to allow attendees to renew business between suppliers and clients. 


Lesotho mine yields 23-carat pink diamond

Storm Mountain Diamonds unearthed a 23.82-carat pink diamond from its Kao mine in the Kingdom of Lesotho, and said it will put the stone up for sale this month.


The latest big find is a 232-carat white diamond

Petra Diamonds has pulled an exceptional 232.08-carat white diamond out of its Cullinan mine in South Africa, the latest in a string of large rough finds this year. 


New technology grades symmetry of diamonds

Challenged to provide a solution for Tiffany & Co., Sarine Technologies has developed a system that grades round and fancy-shaped polished diamonds to determine the stones’ symmetry and proportions, technology that will be available to other companies in the industry.  


Diamond co. honored with business award

The Stevie Awards has recognized Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. in two categories of its 2014 International Business Awards: “Company of the Year--Manufacturing” and “Fastest Growing Company of the Year (Asia, Australia, and New Zealand).” 


Leibish debuts $4M ‘Purple Orchid’ diamond

Leibish & Co. has polished and will now present its “Purple Orchid” diamond, a 3.37-carat fancy intense pinkish-purple, VS2-clarity diamond, in Hong Kong later this month. 


International Diamond Week delayed indefinitely

Tensions in the Middle East have led the Israel Diamond Exchange to postpone International Diamond Week, an organized trading event set to take place in Ramat Gan next month. 


GSI distributing joy to children, box by box

Gemological Science International has delivered its first shipment of school supplies and children’s clothes to underprivileged children in India, the result of a recently launched campaign called “Joy Box.” 


Lab-grown diamond co. under SEC scrutiny

Recent SEC filings by diamond grower Scio show that the company is in default on a loan and may come under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. 


De Beers launches secondhand diamond program in US

For the next six months, De Beers will evaluate and buy secondhand diamonds from a select group of retailers in the United States, giving it a foothold in the sizable market for “recycled” diamonds and the chance to evaluate the diamond reselling experience from the consumers’ perspective. 


Rio Tinto’s tender has record number of reds

Rio Tinto has unveiled the 55 diamonds that will be featured in its annual Argyle tender, including 51 pink and purplish-red diamonds and a record four fancy red diamonds.


Want to see Petra’s 122-carat blue? Now’s the time

Beginning Monday in Johannesburg, Petra Diamonds Ltd. will display one of the year’s most spectacular diamond finds, a 122.52-carat blue diamond unearthed at the Cullinan mine in South Africa.


De Beers expanding rough customer base

Beginning in March 2015, companies that are not De Beers sightholders will have the opportunity to compete for the rough diamonds that weren’t offered to, or refused by, sightholders, and will be known as “accredited buyers.”


198-carat rough diamond surfaces in Lesotho

Gem Diamonds Ltd. made its largest gem-quality rough diamond find to date this year when it pulled a 198-carat piece of rough from its Letšeng mine in the Kingdom of Lesotho last month, the latest in a line of 100-carat-plus stones found this year.


GJEPC, DDC holding buyer-seller event in NYC

About 100 diamond dealers from India and the United States will gather next month at the Diamond Dealers Club in New York for the first India Diamond Week.   


Synthetic diamond co. grows record-setting stone

The company formerly known as Gemesis has created what it says is the largest diamond ever grown in a lab, a 3-carat round brilliant that is K color and SI1 clarity.


De Beers expects 4-5 percent rise in diamond demand

Sales and production increased in the first half of the year for De Beers and the company expects global demand for diamond jewelry to increase 4 to 5 percent this year, driven by the United States and China.


SRK founder recognized for lifetime achievements

Govind Dholakia, founder and chairman of Shree Ramkrishna Exports, has won the 2014 lifetime achievement award presented by Retail Jeweller India for his contributions to the diamond industry over the last 50 years.


De Beers Q2 production up 7 percent

Production for diamond miner De Beers increased both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter in the period ended June 30, parent company Anglo American reported.  


Lab-grown diamond co. Scio brings back last CEO

Scio has reappointed Gerald McGuire as CEO, and the diamond grower said it expects to at least break even within the next nine months, with an eye on the market for gem-quality lab-grown diamonds. 


Forevermark expands into UK and Ireland

De Beers will begin selling Forevermark in the United Kingdom and Ireland this fall through an exclusive licensee partnership with sightholder Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd., which also launched the brand in Canada and Australia. 


For Israel, US market still No. 1 for diamonds

Israel’s polished diamond exports for the first six months of the year were up 6 percent year-over-year, and the United States remains the country’s largest export market. 


De Beers melee screeners go to Tasaki, Rosy Blue

Sightholders Tasaki and Rosy Blue, along with Kiran Gems in Mumbai, are among the first to begin using the new Automated Melee Screening device created by De Beers Technologies UK to separate natural melee from lab-grown.  


Potential mine in Angola yielding rare rough

A site in Angola that one Australian company is hoping will turn into a lucrative diamond mine has been turning out some pure rough as of late. 


Dominion Diamond claims bigger stake in Ekati

Dominion Diamond Corp. plans to purchase C. Fipke Holdings Ltd.’s interests in Ekati’s core and buffer zones, meaning it now will own 90 percent of the diamond mine’s core zone. 


De Beers deploys first wave of melee screeners

De Beers has manufactured a total of 100 automated melee screening devices and begun distributing them to sightholders around the globe, the diamond miner and marketer confirmed Monday.


Fischler re-elected as AWDC president

Stéphane Fischler has been re-elected as president of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. 


WFDB adds Canada, Korea as members

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses added the Diamond Bourse of Canada and the Korea Diamond Bourse to its membership at the 36th World Diamond Congress in Antwerp. 


Operations commence at Alrosa’s Udachny mine

Russian diamond mining company Alrosa has begun operations at its Udachny mine, and said it expects it to become one of the largest underground diamond mines in Russia and worldwide, eventually providing more than 5 million carats of diamonds per year. 


Gemesis names Lisa Bissell as president, CEO

Lisa Bissell has been named president and CEO of lab-grown diamond company Gemesis Inc., effective immediately. 


CEO, CFO out at synthetics company Scio

Lab-grown diamond company Scio Diamond Technology Corp. has another new CEO at the helm following the recent termination of Michael McMahon.


Texas-Israel diamond show scheduled for Sept.

The Texas Jewelers Association is partnering with the Israel Diamond Institute to bring a new diamond-buying opportunity to jewelers in the United States. 


Diamond leaders form body to handle industry issues

The heads of four of the jewelry and diamond industry’s leading international representative organizations have established a joint consultative committee called “The Presidents Forum.” 


122.52-carat blue diamond unearthed in S. Africa

Petra Diamonds has announced the recovery of another big blue rough diamond, this one a 122.52-carat stone found at its Cullinan mine.


Dominion Diamond bringing back CanadaMark

During the Las Vegas jewelry shows, Dominion Diamond Corp. will relaunch the CanadaMark diamond hallmark program, a branding program that marks stones as being of Canadian origin.  


Report: Four more arrested in Brussels airport heist

Additional suspects have been taken into custody in connection with last year’s $50 million diamond heist at Brussels Airport, according to Paris-based news agency Agence France-Presse. 


Forevermark now being sold in Turkey

De Beers’ diamond brand Forevermark is expanding into Turkey through a partnership with a local licensee, Zen Diamond.


Shree Ramkrishna celebrates 50th anniversary

Diamond manufacturer Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. (SRK) recently marked its 50th anniversary by “Celebrating the Legend,” its founder and chairman, Govind Dholakia. 


Q1 production climbs 18 percent for De Beers

Anglo American plc reported that De Beers produced 7.5 million carats of rough diamonds in the first quarter ended March 31, up from 6.4 million carats in the prior-year period. 


Lazare Kaplan anticipates 9 percent drop in sales

Diamond supplier Lazare Kaplan International Inc., which remains unable to file complete financial statements, estimates that its third quarter sales fell 9 percent year-over-year.


Alrosa inks agreement with GJEPC

State-owned Russian diamond mining company Alrosa has signed an agreement with India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council to share trade and statistical data on the diamond trade. 


Shareholders seek to oust Scio board

A recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals that a number of shareholders of Greenville, S.C.-based Scio want to replace the board because the lab-grown diamond company isn’t making any money. 


De Beers releases names of new sightholders

De Beers has named the five companies it has added as sightholders for the remainder of the 2012-2015 contract period. 


Forevermark expands quality operations to India

De Beers’ diamond brand Forevermark is opening a second Diamond Institute in India next year in anticipation of the growth it is expecting to see in the coming years, the company announced Thursday. 


De Beers adds another 5 sightholders

 De Beers said Tuesday it is adding five more companies to its list of sightholders for the current contract period but won’t be releasing their names until early next month, when they are “formally appointed to the list.”


In Russia, AWDC strengthens ties with Alrosa

Leaders from Antwerp and Russia inked an agreement in Moscow Wednesday that deepens the partnership between the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and diamond miner Alrosa. 


Arkansas diamond park yields large white

The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas continues to be a source of relatively large rough finds for visitors, including this 2.89-carat white diamond dubbed the “Jax Diamond,” which was unearthed by Brandon Kalenda last week. 


70-carat white among stones in Rio Tinto tender

A 70-carat rough white diamond from the Diavik mine in Canada is among the lots that will be offered at Rio Tinto’s first tender of the year, which will take place in Israel and Antwerp.


Ivory Coast to ‘demand’ UN lift diamond ban

After being deemed compliant by the Kimberley Process in November, the Ivory Coast will urge the United Nations to lift its embargo on the nation’s diamond exports at a meeting scheduled for next month, Reuters reported.


Large rough stones net $13M for Gem Diamonds

The 162.02-carat and 161.31-carat diamonds recovered by Gem Diamonds Ltd. in January sold for a total of $13.5 million at the miner’s February tender.


Hari Krishna’s Kisna diamond jewelry wins award

The All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation awarded Hari Krishna Exports’ diamond jewelry brand Kisna with its 2014 Paramparik (Traditional) Jewelry of the Year Award for the west. 


Fugitive in diamond investment scam dies at 57

A man wanted by federal authorities in Las Vegas in connection with an alleged diamond mining company stock scam that bilked investors out of millions has died in Canada, authorities have confirmed.


GIA temporarily suspends rush services to relocate

The Gemological Institute of America’s New York Laboratory announced recently that it is suspending two of its services next month as the organization prepares to relocate from its current offices to the International Gem Tower.


De Beers: Diamond demand to rise slightly in ’14

Global demand for diamonds will increase slightly in 2014, fueled by a desire for polished diamonds in the United States and China, De Beers said when releasing it annual results Friday.


Rio Tinto’s diamond revenue up 15 percent

Rio Tinto reported Thursday that revenues from its diamond mining and sales unit increased 15 percent year-over-year, from $741 million in 2012 to $852 million in 2013. 


Gem Diamonds unearths two 160 carat-plus stones

The Letšeng mine in the Kingdom of Lesotho has yielded a pair of rough diamonds weighing 162.06 and 161.74 carats, Gem Diamonds Ltd. announced Thursday.


Israel names diamond co. as outstanding exporter

Andre Messika Diamonds was one of 10 companies to receive Israel’s “Outstanding Exporter” award at a ceremony held Feb. 4 at Israel President Shimon Peres’ residence. 


Antwerp hosting second sale of Zimbabwe diamonds

This week, Antwerp will host another run-of-mine tender of diamonds from Zimbabwe’s Marange region that will be “substantially bigger” than the first held in December, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre announced.


Malca-Amit creates the ‘Gaborone Express’

Following the relocation of De Beers’ sales operations to Gaborone, Botswana, Malca-Amit announced it is now offering jet shuttle service between Johannesburg and the Botswana capital.  


Alrosa’s 2014 forecast is ‘moderately optimistic’

Russian mining company Alrosa experienced an increase in both sales and production in 2013 and said it is “moderately optimistic” about the year ahead. 


De Beers’ Q4, full-year production rise

De Beers’ parent company Anglo American PLC reported Wednesday that diamond production increased by 13 percent to 9.1 million carats in the fourth quarter while full-year production was up 12 percent to 31.2 million carats.  


95-carat, Type IIa diamond found in Angola

Mining company Lucapa has unearthed a 95.45-carat diamond from its Lulo Diamond Concession in western Angola, the second-largest stone recovered to date at the alluvial deposit.


Leo Schachter remains Israel’s No. 1 diamond exporter

For the third year in a row, Leo Schachter Diamonds tops the list of Israel’s polished diamond exporters, figures published recently by the Israel Diamond Controller’s Office show.


US remains top market for Antwerp, Israel

The United States is still the No. 1 market for polished diamonds from both Antwerp and Israel, with both industry hubs reporting an increase in their respective diamond trades in 2013.


Nearly 30-carat blue diamond found in S. Africa

Mining company Petra Diamonds Ltd. announced Tuesday that it has recovered a 29.6-carat rough blue diamond from the famed Cullinan mine in South Africa. 


Trau Bros. acquiring Lazare Kaplan Botswana

Belgian diamond company the Trau Bros. NV is taking 100 percent control of New York diamond company Lazare Kaplan’s operations in Botswana. 


Indian jewelers select brand of the year

Indian Jeweller magazine awarded Kisna Diamond Jewellery, the flagship brand of Hari Krishna Exports, as the jewelry brand of the year in its Jewellers Choice Design Awards. 


Diamond park compiles 2013 stats

Visitors uncovered a total of 453 diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas last year, down from the 530 found in 2012, according to Park Interpreter Margi Jenks.


Israel Diamond Exchange aids handicapped children

The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) recently held a fundraising drive for ILAN, the Israel Foundation for Handicapped Children, an organization that helps thousands of physically handicapped children and adults across the country.


Eloquence’s Jason Segal dies at 76

Longtime diamond salesman Jason Segal died on Dec. 24 of lymphoma. He was 76 years old.


KP vice chair continues support of artisanal mining

The Government of Angola, the current vice chair of the Kimberley Process (KP), has renewed its financial support of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), the Ottawa-based nonprofit that is working to formalize the artisanal diamond mining sector.


Manufacturer AV Diamonds teams up with sightholder

Manufacturer and diamond wholesaler A.V. Diamonds announced that it now has a partnership with HVK International Private Ltd., a sightholder with both De Beers and Russian diamond miner Alrosa.


Dates set for tender of Marange diamonds

The first tender of rough diamonds from the Marange region of Zimbabwe in Antwerp will take place this week, Botswana-based diamond company First Element (Pty.) Ltd. announced.


Colored diamond butterfly on display at LA museum

A private collection of fancy color diamonds arranged in the shape of a butterfly is on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM).


Rockwell recovers 200-carat-plus piece of rough

Rockwell Diamonds Inc., which mines alluvial deposits in South Africa, has unearthed a 287-carat rough diamond from its operations in the Middle Orange River region.


Tender of large rough nets Lucara $23M

 Mining company Lucara Diamond Corp.’s latest exceptional stone tender brought in $22.9 million for the company, or $20,280 per carat.


De Beers holds first sight in Botswana

This week marks De Beers’ inaugural sight in Gaborone following the relocation of its sales activities from London to Botswana, a move that has been two years in the making.


Rio Tinto marketing diamond fashion pieces in China

In an effort to tap into the growing demand for diamond fashion jewelry in China, mining company Rio Tinto has launched a new diamond marketing initiative called “The Fashion of Diamonds” there.


Book on Canadian diamonds, diamond industry

A new book has been published that explains why Canadian diamonds are one of the most important discoveries of the last century and showcases how diamond firms are working to tag these ethically mined gems to regulate distribution. 


Varda Shine leaving De Beers

After 30 years with the company, Varda Shine is leaving her post as the global head of sightholder sales for the De Beers Group of Companies at the end of January to “explore other opportunities,” De Beers announced Thursday. 


US investors buy up Alrosa IPO shares

Russian mining company Alrosa, which seeks to overtake De Beers as the world’s largest diamond miner by value, launched its initial public offering this week, with reports indicating that U.S. investors snagged 60 percent of the shares sold.


Gemesis introduces lab-grown pinks

Lab-grown diamond e-tailer Gemesis is now selling pink diamonds, available in “blush” and “brilliant” shades.


New projects improve diamond supply outlook

Amid industry concerns about the dwindling supply of diamonds, a number of announcements surfaced this week regarding new projects that will open up additional sources for mining the stones. 


SRK Exports celebrates five decades

Indian diamond manufacturing company Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. (SRK) is marking its 50th anniversary this year and recently was recognized by India’s Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).


Israeli Diamond Week slated for November in NY

More than 100 diamond companies from the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) will attend Israel Diamond Week (IDW), scheduled for Nov. 11 to 14 in New York.


De Beers’ Q3 production rises 21 percent

 De Beers parent company Anglo American announced that the full restoration of operations at one of its mines led to a 21 percent increase in production in volume terms for De Beers.