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WFDB Expands Membership Beyond Core Trade
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has opened its membership to companies outside the core diamond trade, aiming to make the group more relevant and influential.Organizations connected to the diamond industry, such as retailers,...
Polished Markets Jun 08, 2020 Rapaport News
Ernie Blom
Ernie Blom Wins Legal Case Against WFDB
An Antwerp court has prohibited the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) from publicly blacklisting former president Ernie Blom over a payment dispute in Dubai.Blom had sought an injunction to prevent the organization from complying with...
Financial-Legal May 17, 2020 Rapaport News
Rami Baron and Mashudu Lazarus Sithole
Young Diamantaires Moving Beyond Infancy
The Young Diamantaires group is planning to become a more structured organization, with regional chapters and an online networking platform for registered members, its founder told Rapaport News. The initiative of the World Federation of Diamond...
Polished Markets May 10, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Blom
WFDB Head Ernie Blom Steps Down
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has named Yoram Dvash as acting president following Ernie Blom’s decision to stand down temporarily.The WFDB’s executive committee elected the Israel Diamond Exchange president in a Zoom meeting...
Polished Markets Apr 20, 2020 Rapaport News
Ernie Blom
WFDB to Fund Get Diamonds Trading Platform
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has adopted Get Diamonds as its official trading platform, the organization’s president Ernie Blom told Rapaport News. The WFDB’s executive committee agreed in a Zoom meeting on Sunday...
Polished Markets Apr 06, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Panel
Panel Highlights Traceability Opportunity
The trend of adopting diamond traceability measures is gaining traction, according to participants in a panel discussion at Israel’s International Diamond Week.The panel, moderated by Rapaport Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz, explored how various businesses across the supply...
Polished Markets Feb 13, 2020 Rapaport News
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
WFDB Presidents' Meeting Opening
WFDB Prepares Master Plan to Boost Relevance
There was a time, though not very recent, when a gathering of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) was graced by royalty and high-ranking politicians, recalled industry consultant Peter Meeus at the organization’s annual Presidents’...
Polished Markets Oct 07, 2019 Avi Krawitz
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
Shanghai
Israel, Shanghai Bourses Strengthen Cooperation
Members of the Israel and Shanghai diamond exchanges are set to sign a cooperation agreement during the inaugural Israel Diamond Week that opens in the Chinese city on Tuesday.The three-day event marks the first time...
Polished Markets Jul 15, 2019 Rapaport News
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
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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
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
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
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
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