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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

SDiX to run trials of first blockchain verification

19 june 2017
Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange (SDiX) has announced that it will soon complete the first part of a “Proof-Of-Concept of a blockchain-based authentication and secure record-keeping service for trading diamonds on a global commodity exchange.”
SDiX is the world's first commodity exchange in physically settled diamonds in partnership with Kynetix, the physical commodity digitisation expert, and Everledger, supplier of blockchain and distributed ledger infrastructure.
An initial trial run was successfully completed when the solution “accurately authenticated the key details of a consigned diamond basket on SDiX consisting of GIA-certified stones using unique data points hosted securely online”.
SDiX says that a key part of the output is a "view receipt" of the digital certificate for each stone in the basket, housed on the blockchain. The system opens up the potential for a range of future applications for diamond market participants, including enhanced provenance data, increased supply chain security and efficiencies, and new risk management tools.
Linus Koh, CEO of the Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange, said: "This exciting collaboration builds on SDiX's record of delivering advanced technologies to enable a trusted, fair and transparent marketplace for trading diamonds as an investable asset class. This new concept draws on blockchain's distributed ledger capability to demonstrate how we can further instil confidence and convenience for the benefit of diamond investors and financiers."

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

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