The Grib Diamond Mine: Geology, Ecology and Industrial Safety

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I have a dream to see India become a world leader in high-end jewellery manufacturing - Sanjay Kothari

An industry leader who needs no introduction to the gem and jewellery industry is Sanjay Kothari…the former chairman of the GJEPC of India has held various positions in the Council including being Convener-Exhibitions for many years before becoming Convener-Promotions...

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Style always reflects culture

Reena Ahluwalia is a multifaceted artist …an award-winning jewelry designer, diamond painter, professor, speaker and a community builder and more. Recognized as one of the Top Masters of Jewelry Design and art in Canada, she has been creating jewelry...

26 november 2018

Botswana Diamonds’ Campbell on Alrosa exit: no exploration JV lasts forever

Botswana Diamonds is currently in talks with a major diamond producer interested in taking over a stake in Sunland Minerals previously owned by Alrosa. The Sunland joint venture was established in 2014 to test existing Alrosa exploration technology on...

19 november 2018

If real gems are replaced by artificial stones, it is not the difference in value that sellers may cheat you out, but the very idea that you are to obtain along with a jewelry piece made from a genuine stone

Elena Titova is the Director of the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum. The museum, which she heads, was founded fairly recently (less than 40 years ago), but it is one of the most popular and stylish museums of Moscow, famous, among other things...

12 november 2018

Lab-grown stones are also diamonds - FTC

27 july 2018
According to RAPAPORT, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) broadened its definition of “diamond” as it had amended its jewelry guidelines. Now the notion of “lab-grown diamond” is also referred to as a “diamond”.
As of FTC, before the diamond was defined as a natural mineral, but today such a definition is no longer relevant as lab-grown stones are considered diamonds as well, inspite of not being unearthed.

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Image credit: De Beers


“When the commission first used this definition in 1956, there was only one type of diamond product on the market — natural stones mined from the earth,” the FTC said. “Since then, technological advances have made it possible to create diamonds in a laboratory. These stones have essentially the same optical, physical and chemical properties as mined diamonds. Thus, they are diamonds.”
According to the report, it is also necessary to define the notion of “cultured”, when describing the origin of lab-grown diamonds. FTC suggests using such words as “man-made,” “lab-grown” or “foundry.”
The commission believes that the word “synthetic”, which is frequently used to describe lab-grown stones, evokes negative associations among consumers. They think that such term qualifies the stones as fake and artificial, which is why FTC recommends to avoid using it.
The agency also noted that the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) intends to better address the jewelry guidelines before commenting on this subject.

Victoria Quri, Rough&Polished