Our main role is to inspire consumers to consider diamonds - Jean-Marc Lieberherr

With over 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership positions across many geographies, functions and businesses, Jean-Marc Lieberherr has more than 10 years’ experience as a diamond industry leader, which includes as a Board member of the World...

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Training in diamond valuation is key for artisanal miners

Ian Rowe, the Executive Director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) was appointed in September 2019, having joined DDI as Deputy Executive Director a year earlier. Ian managed field operations in Sierra Leone within this role and led...

02 december 2019

Kangalassi 2.0: Raising the living standards, creating new jobs

At the V Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in early September in Vladivostok, the Yakut company SAYBM signed a tripartite agreement with two agencies - the Far Eastern agency and the regional one - for attracting investments and providing export...

25 november 2019

We live in a new dimension of environmental responsibility carried by business

In mid-October, Moscow hosted the VIII Ecological Forum attended by representatives from the State, large industrial companies, scientific and public organizations. The forum delegates discussed the issues related to finding a balance between the socio-economic...

18 november 2019

De Beers’ GemFair delivering ‘positive impacts’ to ASM sector in Sierra Leone – David Johnson

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11 november 2019

A customs code for differentiating natural and synthetic diamonds is adopted by EU

20 november 2019

The European Commission has adopted a new customs code to differentiate natural and synthetic diamonds, according to Diamond loupe.
This code, which has become part of the consolidated European combined nomenclature (chapter 71), will enter into force on January 1, 2020. It will be valid until January 1, 2022, when the customs code HS6, which was recently adopted by the World Customs Organization (WCO), begins to be applied at the European level.
The European Federation of Jewellery (EFJ) and its members have actively supported the adoption of a new customs code that will facilitate the monitoring of synthetic diamond flows in Europe. It will increase the efficiency of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.
The EFJ welcomed the recognition by the European Commission of the difference between natural and synthetic diamonds as a result of the adoption of a new customs code.
EFJ also considers it necessary to legally require retailers to properly inform consumers of the origin of the products they sell.
Therefore, EFJ will continue to advocate for the development of EU legislation introducing a distinction between natural and LG diamonds at the retail level in order to protect consumer rights through full disclosure of information on the products.

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau