De Beers only selling Elizabeth Bay Mine in Namibia, move to sustain operations beyond 2019

Namdeb Holdings, a 50/50 joint venture between the Namibian government and De Beers is not selling Daberas, Sendelingsdrift and Southern Coastal mines in the southern African country. It had been alleged that Namdeb was planning to close and offload...

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Colorless diamonds as an investment class are evolving beyond their traditional ability to preserve, relocate and pass on wealth

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Jewellery with diamonds, even with small ones, sells better than without diamonds

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Lucapa’s Wetherall on the past, present and the future

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01 april 2019

India’s gem and jewellery industry expects the government will consider its demand for lower import duty on raw materials

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25 march 2019

Matthew Tratner joins GIA’s global business development team

01 february 2019

GIA announced the appointment of Matthew Tratner as global director of business development. Previously Director of membership and sales at Jewelers of America and publisher of National Jeweler, Tratner will be responsible for expanding and deepening of GIA’s relationships with retailers and other stakeholders.
“I look forward to taking on new challenges, creating opportunities and being part of GIA’s development and continued growth,” said Tratner.
Tratner has been in the jewelry industry for 15 years. His experience spans retail sales, e-commerce, publishing and marketing. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Empire State College and an Accredited Jewelry Professional Diploma (AJP) from GIA. Tratner will be based in New York City and report to Anna Martin, GIA senior vice president of global business development and beneficiation.
“Matt’s industry experience will play an invaluable role as we work to meet the needs of the gem and jewelry industry, and further our mission of ensuring the public trust,” said Martin.

Alex Shishlo, Editor in Chief of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Brussels