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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.