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Everledger
Blockchain Group Everledger Gets $20M Funding
Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings has led a $20 million investment in technology company Everledger, which provides blockchain services to the diamond industry.Everledger will use the money from the Series A funding round to finance...
Polished Markets Sep 24, 2019 Rapaport News
Jim Duffy
Tracr Aiming to Be More Than a Blockchain
As a tech guy, Jim Duffy spends much of his time on the road explaining technical terms in a way laymen can understand. He has his work cut out for him as CEO of Tracr, De Beers’ blockchain project — especially...
Polished Markets Sep 04, 2019 Avi Krawitz
De Beers Tracr
De Beers Opening Blockchain to Industry
De Beers has launched an online resource for sharing information and tools that will help members of the trade join its blockchain program. The Tracr Community will provide participants with educational materials and...
Technology Jun 02, 2019 Rapaport News
Chow Tai Fook
Chow Tai Fook Joins De Beers Blockchain
De Beers has expanded its blockchain initiative into theAsian retail sector by signing up Chow Tai Fook, the largest diamond jeweler inthe region. Chow Tai Fook’s participation will enable De Beers to extendthe reach of the...
Technology Dec 19, 2018 Rapaport News
De Beers sight box
De Beers Ready to Relax Its Provenance Rules
De Beers is planning to loosen its source-disclosure restrictions for sightholders following requests for increased transparency, Rapaport News has learned.The company consulted with clients during this week’s sightin Botswana, proposing to let them refer...
Rough Markets Dec 13, 2018 Joshua Freedman
Bitcoin
Analysis: Crypto Firms Betting on Diamonds
Somewhere between the volatility of cryptocurrencies and thestability of diamond prices lies an opportunity for investors. That is, atleast, what several new initiatives to create diamond-backed crypto-coins arebetting on.In fact, developers of these coins, or “tokens,”...
Technology Dec 11, 2018 Avi Krawitz
Alrosa Rough Diamond
Alrosa Joins De Beers Blockchain
De Beers has signed up Alrosa to its blockchain pilot, bringingthe world’s two largest diamond producers together for the source-verificationproject. “We believe tracing requires industry cooperation andcomplementation for the sake of a common goal,” Alrosa...
Technology Oct 29, 2018 Rapaport News
Jim Duffy De Beers
De Beers Hires Tech Exec to Lead Blockchain
Tracr,De Beers’ blockchain platform, has appointed technology executive Jim Duffy to runthe next phase of the project’s development. Duffy (pictured) joins Tracr as general manager just as the platform is starting to grow inscale, the De Beers...
Technology Aug 16, 2018 Rapaport News
Podcast 7
Podcast: What Happened in Vegas
The Rapaport editorial team analyzes De Beers’ synthetics launch, Martin Rapaport’s criticism of the miner’s disclosure rules, and other surprises from the Las Vegas shows.Rapaport’s reporters, fresh from their visit to the shows,reflect...
Polished Markets Jul 02, 2018 Rapaport News
Martin Rapaport
Martin Rapaport - State of the Industry - Rapaport Breakfast at JCK 2018
Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group, outlined his concerns about the supply side of the market in his annual address in Las Vegas.“Not only must you know where your diamonds are coming from,...
Polished Markets Jun 07, 2018 Rapaport News
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Hari Krishna Partners with Blockchain Firm
Hari Krishna (HK) Group will receive technological backingfrom blockchain company Everledger for its diamond-provenance program. Everledger will cryptographically certify HK stones destinedfor the Indian manufacturer’s “My Diamond Story” brand, letting consumers...
Technology May 31, 2018 Rapaport News
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Signet Joins De Beers’ Blockchain Trial
Signet Jewelers will become the first retailer to participate in De Beers’blockchain project for tracking diamonds. The platform, Tracr, which is still in its trial phase, providesa digital link from diamond production to retail. Every diamond...
Technology May 27, 2018 Rapaport News
Chow Tai Fook T Mark
GIA, Chow Tai Fook Launch Blockchain Pilot
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has partneredwith Chow Tai Fook on a pilot program that will use blockchain to deliverdigital diamond-grading reports. The GIA will create a permanent and immutable record fordiamonds from the...
Retail May 23, 2018 Rapaport News
De Beers
De Beers Tracks 100 Stones on Blockchain
De Beers has successfully traced the progress of 100 high-valuediamonds from mine to retail using its new blockchain platform. “Tracr” provides diamonds with a unique “Global Diamond ID” thatcontains information such as carat weight, color...
Technology May 10, 2018 Rapaport News
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IBM Launches Blockchain for Jewelry
IBM has partnered with members of the diamond and jewelryindustry to create a blockchain platform for improving traceability.The technology giant will work with retailer HelzbergDiamonds and jewelry manufacturer Richline Group — both subsidiaries of WarrenBuffett’s...
Mining Apr 29, 2018 Rapaport News
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Sarine Deal to Boost CanadaMark Tracking
Dominion Diamond Mines will integrate the Sarine DiamondJourney into its CanadaMark website, enabling consumers to track thedevelopment of their diamonds from mine to retail, Sarine Technologies saidrecently.The system was launched on the miner’s website...
Mining Mar 11, 2018 Rapaport News
Everledger, Dharmanandan Launch Blockchain Project
Diamond Firms Press Ahead with Blockchain
Indian companies Dharmanandan Diamonds and Hari Krishna Exportshave adopted blockchain technology to improve traceability of stones throughthe supply chain.Dharmanandan, a Mumbai-based manufacturer, has partneredwith technology company Everledger to place its diamond-tracking data onto ablockchain...
Technology Feb 28, 2018 Rapaport News
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Lucara Names Eira Thomas as CEO
Eira Thomas has taken over as CEO of Lucara Diamond Corp,replacing William Lamb, the miner said Sunday.Thomas (pictured), who has worked in the mining industry for 25 years, is a founder and director of Lucara, and a cofounder...
Mining Feb 26, 2018 Rapaport News
De Beers Is The New Kid on the Blockchain 150
De Beers Is the New Kid on the Blockchain
Lastmonth, dozens gathered in midtown Manhattan to learn more about De Beers’Diamond Blockchain Initiative — a project that aims to underpin confidence indiamonds by creating permanent records for them. While most know blockchain asthe technology that underlies...
Technology Feb 15, 2018 Jennifer Heebner
The Rapaport Diamond Podcast: Episode 2
The Rapaport Diamond Podcast: Episode 2
In the second edition of In the Loupe, Rapaport’s editorial team discusses blockchain, omni-channelretail, and the debatable effectiveness of the Kimberley Process. Plus, aninterview with Jean-Marc Lieberherr, CEO of the Diamond Producers Association.Listen to the podcast...
Polished Markets Jan 28, 2018 Rapaport News
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