The Grib Diamond Mine: Geology, Ecology and Industrial Safety

Gennady Piven, First Deputy General Manager of AGD Diamonds JSC, talks about his work at the diamond fields in Yakutia and in the Arkhangelsk Province.

10 december 2018

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...

03 december 2018

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

Position of Russia’s Jewelers Guild on lab-made diamonds fully coincides with that of CIBJO, GIA and the Ministry of Finance of Russia

13 august 2018

In July 2018, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) expanded the definition of "diamond" and now a lab-made polished diamond turned to be a “diamond” as well.
Previously, the FTC defined only natural polished diamonds as diamonds. According to the FTC, such a definition ceased to be relevant, as from the chemical and crystallographic points of view lab-made diamonds are also diamonds even though they were not formed in the bowels of the Earth.
Moreover, the FTC generally believes that the word "synthetic", which is used to describe lab-made diamonds, causes incorrect associations among buyers (!). The FTC believes that the term "synthetic" defines a stone as not real or artificial, and therefore the commission recommends not to use it (!).
Meanwhile, just four years ago, at the CIBJO Congress in Moscow (Russia’s Jewelers Guild is a member of this organization) its Diamond Commission proposed that from now on the definition of diamond would also add the following: "[A] diamond is a mineral, which has been formed completely by nature without human interference during its formation. A diamond may subsequently be modified by normal lapidary practices."
CIBJO's position is that polished diamonds without indicating their artificial origin can be perceived by customers as natural, which does not correspond to reality. This is why synthetic polished diamonds should by all means be disclosed as synthetic, for which purpose Clause 4.3.1.1 of the Diamond Blue Book states: "The fact that a synthetic diamond is wholly or partially synthetic shall be disclosed. Only the term "synthetic", "laboratory-created" or "laboratory-grown" shall be used to describe synthetic diamonds. These terms shall not be abbreviated ... and shall be equally as conspicuous and immediately precede the word "diamond".
In addition, the Diamond Commission at that time considered the customs tariffs using the same tariff for natural and synthetic stones, since there was no separate tariff for synthetic diamonds, and said this situation was inadmissible, as this could theoretically lead to a situation, when someone can say that natural and synthetic stones are identical, because the customs fee is the same for both.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has a similar view (on the inadmissibility of mixing natural and synthetic diamonds). And a similar resolute position is occupied by the Russian regulator. Only two years ago, Russia’s Federal Law "On Precious Metals and Precious Stones" added a formulation saying that “materials of artificial origin having the characteristics (properties) of precious stones shall not be considered as precious stones.”
Accordingly, the latest edited version of Clause 65 in Resolution No. 55 dated 19.01.1998 states: "While using materials of artificial origin possessing the characteristics (properties) of precious stones as inserts, their tags shall indicate that such stones are not precious."
The position of Russia’s Jewelers Guild on this issue was reflected in the corporate standards developed for gem-quality stones and it fully coincides with the positions of CIBJO, GIA and the Ministry of Finance of Russia.

Vladimir Zboykov for Rough & Polished