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Just ahead of its annual meeting, the World Diamond Council announced that it has chosen Patricia Syvrud, a GIA graduate gemologist who owns a jewelry industry consulting firm, as its first executive director.
The Diamond Empowerment Fund announced Tuesday that its board of directors approved the granting of funds to its three existing beneficiaries as well as an additional $15,000 donation to the Flaviana Matata Foundation.
Jane Seymour, David Rocha and the organization he leads, Jewelers for Children, are the recipients of the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s 2015 Good Awards, which recognize individuals for their leadership and impact on youth and communities around the world. 
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.
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.  
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.  
Belgian authorities reported Friday that they recently seized a shipment of rough stones that potentially are conflict diamonds from the Central African Republic.
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.
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