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Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

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There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

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The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

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De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

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DDI to manage Kimberley Process technical assistance

07 november 2014
The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) announced that with the assistance of a grant fr om Signet Jewelers Ltd., it has begun coordinating the technical assistance function of the Kimberley Process.
“We very much welcome the opportunity to manage the technical assistance component,” said
Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of DDI.
“This is an important part of the Kimberley Process and one where we feel DDI has a lot of value to add.”
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is a joint government, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds – rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments. The technical assistance function coordinates support among and between KPCS members in order to enhance compliance and to improve development potential in countries where diamonds are mined artisanally.
"An estimated 16% of global annual rough diamond production comes from artisanal sources, involving between 1-1.5 million diggers. Some of those diamonds find their way into jewelry counters around the world, including those in our stores. We believe retailers have a special responsibility to help, when possible, and that’s why we support the work of DDI with technical assistance to the KPCS and in artisanal mining communities,” said Mark Light, Signet Jewelers Ltd. CEO.

Olga Patseva, Editor in Chief of the American Bureau, Rough&Polished