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Belgium Trade Cuts Diamond-Research Funding
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) will no longer provide financial backing to the city’s diamond-technology unit, citing difficult conditions in the local industry. “As a result of the high cost of labor in our country,almost the...
Polished Markets Jul 21, 2019 Rapaport News
WFDB External Advisor
Peter Meeus to Advise WFDB on Synthetics
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has hiredPeter Meeus as an external adviser. He will be responsible for helping theorganization fine-tune its position on lab-grown diamonds and other industrymatters. Synthetic diamonds are a huge concern in the...
Polished Markets Jun 27, 2019 Leah Meirovich
HRD Antwerp
HRD Antwerp Expands Its Reach to the UK
HRD Antwerp has launched a new drop-off center in London’sHatton Garden, its first foray into the UK market, it said Tuesday. The location, which is part of an effort to combat theaccidental mixture of natural and lab-grown stones, will...
Polished Markets Jun 18, 2019 Rapaport News
GSI
Lab Finds Man-Made Sapphires Posing as Diamonds
Gemological Science International (GSI) has identified undisclosed lab-grown white sapphire melee set in pendants that had been submitted as natural-diamond jewelry. The pendants, which GSI’s NewYork lab had received for a routine screening,...
Rough Markets May 28, 2019 Rapaport News
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Antwerp Bourse Head to Lead IDC Board
The International Diamond Council (IDC) has elected Julien Drybooms as chairman of its board.Drybooms is the chairman of the Vrije Diamanthandel diamond bourse in Antwerp, and the owner of Drybooms Diamonds. He is also a former chairman of HRD Antwerp,...
Polished Markets Apr 23, 2019 Rapaport News
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What Makes a Good Synthetics Detector?
The massive project by the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) and Signet Jewelers to test and review 18 synthetic-diamond detectors has raised an important question: What should you look for in such a machine?Accuracy is, of course, a major...
Technology Mar 12, 2019 Joshua Freedman
HRD
HRD Makes Key Changes to Lab-Grown Reports
HRD Antwerp has changed the language it uses in itslab-grown-diamond certificates to match its reports for natural stones. The grading lab, which has issued documents for loose synthetics since 2013, has expanded its...
Technology Mar 06, 2019 Rapaport News
DPA synthetics detectors study Mar 2019
DPA Puts Synthetics Detectors to the Test
A synthetics detector costing less than $7,000 is one of only two machines that conclusively identified 100% of lab-grown diamonds in a recent industry-widestudy.Yehuda’s Sherlock Holmes, priced at $6,495, correctlyspotted all synthetic diamonds in a “deliberately challenging” sample,according to a report...
Technology Mar 05, 2019 Rapaport News
HRD Antwerp
HRD Grades First Lab-Grown All-Diamond Ring
HRD Antwerp has graded the first wearable ringmade completely of lab-grown diamond, it claims. Synthetics producer Dutch Diamond Technologies (DD) created the 3.87-carat, E-color, VVS2-clarity piece from a 155-carat rough chemical vapor deposition...
Polished Markets Feb 10, 2019 Rapaport News
HRD Antwerp
HRD to Open its First Middle East Jewelry Lab
HRD Antwerp will open a diamond-jewelry grading laboratoryin Dubai’s Almas Tower through a partnership with retailer Stargems Group. The center, which will be HRD’s first such lab in the MiddleEast, will be located within the...
Polished Markets Dec 19, 2018 Rapaport News
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Alibaba Strikes Deal with Belgian Trade
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will collaborate with theAntwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) to bring Belgian diamonds to Chineseconsumers. Through the partnership, Shape of Antwerp diamonds will besold exclusively on the Chinese retailer’s Tmall online...
Retail Nov 06, 2018 Rapaport News
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HRD Antwerp to Open Moscow Grading Lab
HRD Antwerp will launch a grading center in Moscow, itsfirst in Russia, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) said Tuesday. The diamond-certification organization, a subsidiary of theAWDC, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Russian Deputy FinanceMinister...
Polished Markets Jun 20, 2018 Rapaport News
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HRD Antwerp Steps Up India Presence
HRD Antwerp is expanding its presence in India with a newlocation at the Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) in Mumbai, andanother one in the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB). The Belgium-based diamond-certification and trainingfacility announced plans...
Polished Markets Apr 01, 2018 Rapaport News
Carat +
Carat+ Reveals Event Speakers
Technology, synthetic diamonds, and midstream growth are among the topics that expert speakers will address at this year’s Carat+ show in Antwerp.The diamond event, in its second year, has introduced Carat+Conference 2018, a series...
Polished Markets Apr 01, 2018 Rapaport News
IGI diamond ID report
Labs Launch Credit Card-Sized Grading Reports
HRD Antwerp and the International Gemological Institute(IGI) have both released credit card-sized diamond reports, aiming to makegrading more efficient for traders. The two Antwerp-based laboratories unveiled the polished-diamondidentity cards this week,...
Polished Markets Oct 26, 2017 Joshua Freedman
Diamond vs topaz HRD Antwerp
HRD Detects Topaz Imitating Diamonds
HRD Antwerp has identified two stones thatwere believed to be diamonds as topaz, reflecting a trend to fool rough diamondbuyers with the cheaper gemstone.The two large, near-colorless roughstones, weighing 50.08 carats and 38.18 carats, were...
Rough Markets Jul 16, 2017 Rapaport News
Feriel Zerouki De Beers
Piaget, De Beers Execs Take on RJC Roles
Members of the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC) haveelected Didier Théraulaz of Piaget as vice chairman, and reelected De Beers’Feriel Zerouki as honorary treasurer, the organization said Monday.Théraulaz is corporate affairs director at theRichemont-owned watch and jewelry brand,...
Polished Markets May 16, 2017 Rapaport News
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Signet, DPA Setting Synthetics Detection Criteria
Signet Jewelers is working with the Diamond ProducersAssociation (DPA) and product-testing firm UL on an initiative to establish qualitycriteria for equipment that detects synthetics, the jeweler said.The project with UL, formerly Underwriters Laboratories –and not...
Retail Apr 06, 2017 Joshua Freedman
Tehran Iran
HRD Antwerp Enters Iran in Middle East Expansion
Diamond-grading group HRD Antwerp will launch an educational program in Iran to expand its presence in the Middle East.HRD will start training certified diamond graders in a debut course in Tehran at the end of April in collaboration with Alireza...
Polished Markets Feb 14, 2017 Rapaport News
Chow Tai Seng
HRD Antwerp Ties Up with Chinese Retailer
HRD Antwerp has teamed up with Shanghai-based jewelry retailerChow Tai Seng to introduce a service that will boost confidence among consumersin China.The partnership involves the establishment of HRD’s first ‘Centreof Excellence’ in China – a program to bridge...
Retail Dec 15, 2016 Rapaport News
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