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Kimberley Process Plans to Digitize Its Certificates
The Kimberley Process (KP) is trialing the use of digital certificates for rough-diamond shipments, claiming the method will increase efficiency and reduce fraud.Russia, which is chairing the global certification scheme this year, will...
Financial-Legal Apr 05, 2020 Joshua Freedman
KP Intersessional
KP June Intersessional to Go Virtual
The Kimberley Process (KP) Intersessional Meeting will take place as a virtual conference this year, as European borders close to travelers due to the coronavirus pandemic.The annual forum, in which member states, civil societies and the...
Rough Markets Mar 17, 2020 Rapaport News
Royal Asscher
Royal Asscher President Retires After 50 Years
Edward Asscher has retired as president of Royal Asscher, marking his 50th anniversary with the family-run jeweler. His daughter, Lita Asscher and son, Mike Asscher, will take his place as copresidents of the company.The...
Retail Mar 03, 2020 Rapaport News
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Asscher to Lead World Diamond Council
Edward Asscher, president of Royal Asscher Diamond Company, will take over as president of the World Diamond Council (WDC) in June for a two-year term.Asscher, currently vice president of the WDC, will succeed Stephane Fischler, who...
Polished Markets Feb 04, 2020 Rapaport News
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WDC Welcomes New Executive Director
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has hired industry veteran Elodie Daguzan as executive director to succeed Marie-Chantal Kaninda, it said Tuesday.Daguzan most recently spent eight years at Paris-based diamond-trading company Rubel & Ménasché as head...
Rough Markets Jan 28, 2020 Rapaport News
CAR
KP Gives CAR More Export Freedom
The Kimberley Process (KP) has relaxed its rules for roughexports from the Central African Republic (CAR), enabling the government to approve multiple shipments each month without needing to wait for external authorization....
Mining Dec 03, 2019 Rapaport News
WDC KP Penary
KP Fails to Expand Conflict-Diamond Definition
The definition of a conflict diamond will remain unchanged, despite a three-year effort to broaden the mandate of the Kimberley Process (KP). Government representatives were not able to reach the required consensus on the issue at last week’s...
Rough Markets Nov 24, 2019 Rapaport News
Stephane Fischler
WDC Warns Against Smuggled CAR Diamonds
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has cautioned the trade to be vigilant when buying diamonds from the Central African Republic (CAR) since most of the country’s rough is being smuggled across its borders.The Kimberley...
Rough Markets Oct 02, 2019 Avi Krawitz
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WDC Executive Director Exits Organization
Marie-Chantal Kaninda hasstepped down as executive director of the World Diamond Council (WDC) after two and a half years in the position. “Marie-Chantal’s influence on the WDC has been profound,”WDC president Stephane Fischler said Tuesday.“As...
Rough Markets Sep 03, 2019 Rapaport News
WFDB
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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