Young people in China have become the main force of jewellery consumption

Armed with a Bachelor's degree from Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai, as well as majoring in Franchise Management, Wang was greatly influenced by his parents in the field of jewelry. This has resulted in his unique opinions about innovative design...


ZCDC re-orients diamond valuation plan as it seeks ‘right market price’

At some point experts claimed that the Marange diamond fields contained between 2 and 7 billion carats of raw diamonds and that Zimbabwe was sitting on over 25 percent of the known diamond deposits in the world. Others even put the value of the Marange...

12 march 2018

Art historian Valentin Skurlov: "Faberge, like all court jewelers, actively used diamonds"

Valentin Skurlov is a historian of jewelry art, a candidate of art history, an honorary academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, a scientific secretary and a herald master of the Faberge Memorial Foundation, and a research consultant for the Fabergé...

05 march 2018

Ari Epstein: The diamond trade is stable again

Ari Epstein, CEO of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), dwelled on the results of the past year and the current situation in the diamond market in his interview to Rough&Polished.

26 february 2018

Lucapa to become a niche diamond company, says Wetherall

Lucapa Diamond believes that it will become the only company in the world with multiple diamond mining operations whose average diamond value is in excess of $1,000 per carat, once the Mothae mine is commissioned this year. Company chief executive and...

19 february 2018

De Beers’ IIDGR takes diamond verification, inscription technology to Singapore

16 october 2017
De Beers subsidiary, the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), will provide diamond verification services to Singapore Diamond Mint Company (SDM)’s new investment-grade diamond product, Diamond BullionTM.
Diamond BullionTM was listed on the Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange (SDiX).
“Thanks to our range of industry-leading technologies, IIDGR is rapidly becoming the byword for confidence and assurance in the international diamond sector, and we’re delighted to be providing our diamond verification and proprietary inscription services for this exciting new initiative,” said company president Jonathan Kendall.
IIDGR would use its proprietary diamond inscription technology to inscribe a unique identification number on the tables of each diamond used in the Diamond Bullion, which would confirm the natural origin of each diamond sealed in the bullion.
The diamonds are then transferred into the bullion by SDM once inscribed, and verified by IIDGR through a Master Report that confirms the bullion meets with SDiX’s product specifications, prior to it being traded on the SDiX.
SDM director Alain Vandenborre said the unique inscription that IIDGR placed on every diamond inside the Diamond Bullion allowed all of the diamonds to be tracked and verified, providing investors with the highest level of confidence in this revolutionary new diamond investment product.
“IIDGR’s industry-leading technology, backed by De Beers Group’s 120-year diamond history and expertise, makes it the ideal partner to SDM and SDiX,” he said.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished


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