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Antwerp Beurs
Antwerp Bans Lab-Grown from Trading Floors
The Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses has introduced aban on lab-grown sales in Antwerp’s four trading halls. While synthetics trading is still rare in Antwerp, theumbrella group took action last month because it views the exchanges...
Polished Markets Oct 10, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Marange Fields
US Bans Import of Zimbabwe Diamonds
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has blocked theimport of rough diamonds mined from the Marange fields in Zimbabwe, claimingthey were produced using forced labor. “CBP is firmly committed to identifying and preventingproducts made with...
Mining Oct 03, 2019 Rapaport News
Young Diamantaires South Africa Venetine mine visi
Nurturing the Next Generation of Diamantaires
If anyone in the industry wanted to know how to transform a diamondbusiness and safeguard its future, they might do well to speak to the 25members of the Young Diamantaires group who went on last week’s mission toSouth Africa.The delegates...
Mining Sep 12, 2019 Joshua Freedman
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
IDE video
Israel Bourse Unveils ‘Real Diamonds’ Campaign
The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) haslaunched an international awareness campaign, highlighting the unique featuresof natural diamonds.The bourse will promote its “I lovenatural diamonds” campaign — which it says is the first internationalinitiative by a global diamond center...
Marketing Jul 01, 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
Israel Diamond Exchange
Synthetics: Coming to a Bourse Near You?
The rise of lab-grown diamonds might finally be tricklingthrough to the historic heart of the trade: the diamond exchanges.It began last November, when Anoop Mehta, president ofMumbai’s Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), told Rapaport News...
Polished Markets May 14, 2019 Joshua Freedman
GIA
GIA Steps Up Compliance Rules
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will require customers to disclose key identification information as part of its new compliance program, it said Monday.Under the lab’s Know Your Customer system, clients will need to confirm their...
Polished Markets Apr 30, 2019 Rapaport News
Julien Drybooms 150
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
Blom
Blom Urges Joint Effort to Mend South Africa Trade
World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB)president Ernie Blom has called for the industry and government to collaborateand rebuild South Africa’s diamond trade following massivedownsizing of the industry. “The diamond sector worldwide has flourished...
Rough Markets Feb 18, 2019 Rapaport News
KDE WFDB
WFDB Signs Deal with Korea Bourse
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has agreed tohelp promote business for the Korea Diamond Exchange (KDE). The trade bodies signed a cooperation agreement inJohannesburg, South Africa, last week, with the...
Polished Markets Feb 12, 2019 Rapaport News
Diamond
IDMA, WFDB Consider Joining Forces
The International Diamond Manufacturers Association(IDMA) is considering an alliance with the World Federation of DiamondBourses (WFDB) in response to the crisis in the global cutting sector. “With the changes in the diamond-manufacturing sector’s landscape,as well as due to the...
Manufacturing Nov 05, 2018 Joshua Freedman
Lin Qiang
WFDB Names Shanghai Bourse Chief as VP
Lin Qiang has succeeded Yoram Dvash as vice president ofthe World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), with the latter taking on a newrole as head of a strategic body.Qiang has served as president of the Shanghai Diamond Exchangesince its...
Polished Markets Nov 01, 2018 Rapaport News
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
Industry Response 150
Industry Hopes to Appeal FTC Rulings
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) intends to persuade the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to change its decision regardingthe description of a diamond. In its new jewelry guidelines, the FTC stated the term“diamond” does not...
Polished Markets Jul 29, 2018 Rapaport News
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Peter Meeus to Head World Diamond Mark
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has appointedPeter Meeus as chairman of its World Diamond Mark (WDM) program. Meeus — who will take over from Alex Popov — was president of the DubaiDiamond Exchange from...
Polished Markets Jul 15, 2018 Rapaport News
Mumbai 150
World Diamond Congress Set for Mumbai
The 2018 World Diamond Congress will take place in Mumbai inlate October, the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) said last week. The meeting of the WFDB and the International DiamondManufacturers Association (IDMA)...
Polished Markets Jul 01, 2018 Rapaport News
Ernie Blom
WFDB Asks Ernie Blom to Remain as President
Ernie Blom is poised to serve another two years as president ofthe World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), after Yoram Dvash turned downthe role. “The executive of the WFDB at their meeting [in Germany inMarch] asked...
Polished Markets May 16, 2018 Joshua Freedman
Groups Agree on Diamond Terminology 150
New Guidelines Clarify: ‘Diamond’ Means ‘Natural’
Leading groups in the diamond and jewelry sectors have collaboratedto publish a universal standard to use when referring to natural diamonds and synthetics. The Diamond Terminology Guideline is a reference on diamondvocabulary for all sector organizations,traders and...
Polished Markets Jan 31, 2018 Rapaport News
India Diamond Week Launches 150
Indian Bourse to Hold First Diamond Week
The Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) will host its first Indian DiamondWeek, featuring 200 to 250 polished-diamond companies, the organization saidMonday. The event, which will take place in April in Mumbai, aims tofoster connections...
Rough Markets Jan 30, 2018 Rapaport News
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