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Russia’s export legislation is like a log on the road making it difficult to drive through

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11 march 2019

Botswana mum on new demands as negotiations with De Beers draw closer

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04 march 2019

DLX-jewellery will focus more on colour stone designed pieces as well as diamond jewellery sets going forward - Jack Chen, General Manager, DLX-Jewellery

Graduating in International Business from an Institute in Sydney, Australia, in 2015, Jack Chen returned to China to start managing his family-owned jewellery business. Besides holding a certificate in a practical diamond course at Gemological Institute...

25 february 2019

Ali Pastorini: “We have to change a little the way to sell the idea that buying jewelry is just for glamour”

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NCDIA opens office in Bangkok

30 july 2018
The Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA) opened a new office at the Jewelry Trade Center in Bangkok recently, bringing it closer to other industry organizations.The location also houses the Bangkok Diamonds and Precious Stones Exchange (BDPE), as well as the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) laboratory.
“NCDIA and the BDPE’s board of directors are in alignment and will speak with ‘one voice’ to the Thai government, advocating for laws that facilitate and promote the diamond business as a whole,” said Barbara Wheat, director of NCDIA Asia and vice president of international relations for the Ho Group of Companies, which includes AIGS.
The new office will be used to hold educational seminars for consumers on natural colored diamonds. Additionally, the AIGS is working on issuing a ‘quality mark’ to raise awareness and appreciation of natural colored diamonds, while NCDIA Asia is working on an exclusive colored-diamond exhibition to be held in China in 2019.

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