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Blom Urges KP to Define Systemic Violence
The war on conflict diamonds will remain at a standstilluntil the industry can agree on what constitutes systemic violence, according to World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) president Ernie Blom. The lack of agreement on the matter is preventing...
Polished Markets Jul 29, 2019 Leah Meirovich
AFG
French Gem Group to Hold Diamond Symposium
The French Association of Gemmology (AFG) will hold aconference in Paris on the state of the diamond industry, it said Monday.The 18th Paris Gemmological Rendez Vous — whichwill take place on September 9 — will cover topics including diamondmining,...
Polished Markets Jul 23, 2019 Rapaport News
Marie Chantal Kaninda WDC.
WDC Exec Ranked Among Africa’s Most Influential
Marie-Chantal Kaninda, executive director of the WorldDiamond Council (WDC), was named as one of the 100 most influential women inAfrica by Forbes Afrique.Kaninda, who joined the WDC in March 2017, was noted forher work to further...
Mining Jul 11, 2019 Rapaport News
KP Intersessional
Industry Leaders Encourage Reform at KP
World Diamond Council (WDC) president Stephane Fischlerurged Kimberley Process (KP) member governments to reach an agreement on trade-reform issues, including expanding thedefinition of a conflict diamond. “We are relying on each of you, during this final year...
Mining Jun 17, 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
Feriel Zerouki
De Beers Exec Honored for Responsible Practices
Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC) will present FerielZerouki with its award for leadership in responsible practice in jewelry. The honor is bestowed annually on members of the jewelryindustry, or part of a jewelry-focused organization, that have made atransformational...
Polished Markets Apr 01, 2019 Rapaport News
WDC UN
UN Resolution Calls for KP Reforms
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has enacted aresolution calling for reforms to increase the effectiveness of the KimberleyProcess (KP), the World Diamond Council (WDC) said. The European Union proposed the resolution...
Rough Markets Mar 05, 2019 Rapaport News
WDC KP
KP Needs to Embrace Change, WDC Says
World Diamond Council (WDC) president Stephane Fischler hasurged the Kimberley Process (KP) to implement changes before the end of itsthree-year review. “The organization must grasp an historic opportunity tocorrect shortfalls in the system designed...
Rough Markets Mar 03, 2019 Rapaport News
Alrosa rough
‘Diamonds and Lies’ Exposes the Real Fake
In the era of fake news and synthetic diamonds, it was a matter of time before the two would meet. They did so recently in the form of editorials in the South China Morning Post (SCMP) and on the Russia...
Polished Markets Dec 06, 2018 Avi Krawitz
Artisanal diamonds miner in Sierra Leone
WDC Issues Definition of Conflict Diamonds
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has released its proposed newKimberley Process (KP) definition of conflict diamonds, which addresses abroader range of human-rights abuses. The definition describes them as “rough diamonds used bypublic security...
Fair Trade Nov 14, 2018 Rapaport News
Rough diamond
NGOs Slam Industry’s Human-Rights Efforts
Civil-society groups have lashed out at the diamond trade over its apparent leniency in preventing human-rights abuses from tainting the supply chain. The recent update to the World Diamond Council’s (WDC) System of Warranties...
Fair Trade Nov 13, 2018 Rapaport News
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Conflict-Diamond Definition on KP Agenda
The World Diamond Council (WDC) will propose an expandeddefinition of conflict diamonds at this week’s Kimberley Process (KP) plenarymeeting in Brussels. The broader wording will address “grave and systematicviolence,” the WDC said Thursday, without...
Fair Trade Nov 11, 2018 Leah Meirovich
Avi's Story
Everything Changes, Some Things Stay the Same
The diamond and jewelry trade tends to be reactive rather than proactive. That was clear during the recent conference season, with the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), the International Diamond Manufacturers Association...
Polished Markets Nov 08, 2018 Avi Krawitz
CAR diamonds
Violence Limiting CAR Diamond Exports
Continued violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) ismaking it impossible for the nation to develop its diamond sector, according to the World DiamondCouncil (WDC). A massacre in Bria left 30 people dead last week — thelatest in a string...
Rough Markets Oct 25, 2018 Leah Meirovich
CIBJO
CIBJO Urges Diamond Consultation with FTC
The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) has proposedit work with other industry groups to consult with the US Federal TradeCommission (FTC) over its fiercely debated diamond terminology.Industry leaders attending the October 15 to 17CIBJO Congress...
Polished Markets Oct 23, 2018 David Brough
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KP Addresses Conflict-Diamond Definition
The Kimberley Process (KP) discussed plans for a reformagenda at its intersessional meeting in Antwerp last week, includingbroadening its definition of conflict diamonds. “I believe the industry has expressed an unambiguous andclear position,” acting president Stephane...
Rough Markets Jun 25, 2018 Rapaport News
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WDC Raises Ethical Sourcing with US Govt.
The World Diamond Council (WDC) addressed the US StateDepartment last week for the first time regarding responsible diamond sourcing and theKimberley Process (KP).In her presentation, WDC executive director Marie-Chantal Kaninda pointed...
Polished Markets Jun 04, 2018 Rapaport News
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Kimberley Process Begins Two-Year Review
The Kimberley Process (KP) has entered a two-year review of itsoperations, enabling the organization to evaluate current needs and improve theway it tackles issues. The European Union, the KP’s chair for 2018 under theleadership...
Mining Mar 12, 2018 Rapaport News
Rough diamond
Zimbabwe Group to Lead KP Civil Society
The Civil Society Coalition (CSC) of the Kimberley Process(KP) has appointed the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) as its leader, according to a statement on the KP website. ZELA will take over the leadership from Impact...
Fair Trade Mar 04, 2018 Rapaport News
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Parikh Returns to AWDC President Role
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has appointed Nishit (Bali) Parikh president, a position he held from 2010to 2012, its board said last week.Parikh (pictured), the CEO of Diarough, will replaceoutgoing president Stéphane...
Polished Markets Feb 25, 2018 Rapaport News
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