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Pavel Vinikhin: ALROSA will make a worthy contribution to the revival of the ‘Russian Cut’ Brand

ALROSA is known as the largest diamond mining company throughout the world. However, not everyone is aware that it has its own diamond-cutting division. For a long time, the activity of DIAMONDS ALROSA remained in the shadows, only occasionally attracting...

16 october 2017

William Lamb: Lucara now knows best routes to market large stones

Lucara Diamond recently announced that Graff Diamonds had bought its 1,109 carat diamond Lesedi La Rona for $53 million. The stone, which is the world’s second largest diamond found since the discovery of the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond in 1905, failed...

09 october 2017

GSI was the first in the world to begin testing of smaller size diamonds in bulk and has never looked back since - Mark Gershburg

With more than 30 years of experience in the gem lab sector under his belt, Mark Gershburg is an industry veteran widely popular in the global gem and jewelry industry. He began his career in 1980 as a grader but his professionalism, creativity, and...

02 october 2017

Gaetano Cavalieri: Over the long term, demand for diamonds is likely to grow at a steady pace

The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) represents the entire jewelry industry embracing a whole variety of companies, from those mining precious metals and gems to those, which are manufacturing and selling final products. The confederation...

25 september 2017

“I am bullish on the future of the diamond business. Three reasons for this optimism... new discoveries, extending mine life and the increasing demand for diamonds”, says Martin Leake

Martin Leake is a PhD exploration geologist and Six Sigma black belt who has been involved in the rough diamond market since 2004. He worked for BHP Billiton for 22 years and recently left Grib Diamonds where he helped set up a world-class marketing...

18 september 2017

Registration begins for 2017 Presidents Meeting and Finance Seminar

12 january 2017
The official web site of the 2017 Presidents Meeting and Finance Seminar has gone live, allowing participants to register for the February 5-8 biennial gathering of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), says a press note from WFDB.
The four-day gathering, organised by the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and the Bharat Diamond Bourse, will take place at the Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai, starting with committee meetings of the WFDB and IDMA on February 5, followed by a Finance Seminar; the Presidents Meeting ; and gatherings of WFDB and IDMA Presidents.
WFDB President Ernie Blom said, "We have invited experts from the banking and finance community, as well as industry stakeholders to participate and provide crucial input. There are many issues to be tackled, and I look forward to extremely interesting and challenging discussions. We aim to establish a regular dialogue between banks and other providers to develop solutions for the diamond industry, and create a financing task force to drive forward solutions. We also seek to create online education courses for all members of WFDB affiliated diamond bourses, and roundtable discussions to be held in all the leading diamond centres. This Summit will play a critical role so we ask members of all trade organisations to attend," Blom added.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished

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