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Lightbox Oregon Plant
Lightbox Delays New Production Plant to 2021
Lightbox, De Beers’ lab-grown diamond jewelry brand, has delayed commissioning its new facility in Portland, Oregon, by a few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“The building itself and plant infrastructure [are] already complete, and we are...
Manufacturing May 07, 2020 Avi Krawitz
CJA lab-grown guidelines
Canada Trade Releases Synthetics Guidelines
The Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA) has issued a guide to advertising lab-grown diamonds in response to a rise in marketing of the product to consumers in the country.The CJA based its rules on a number of Canadian legal sources, including the Competition...
Polished Markets Mar 08, 2020 Rapaport News
Lightbox
De Beers Adds Grading Specs for Lightbox
Lightbox has added grading information for its synthetic white diamonds in an effort by the De Beers brand to bring further transparency to the lab-grown sector.The company will provide technical specifications showing the minimum quality of its...
Retail Feb 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Synthetic colored diamonds
De Beers Scores Partial CVD Patent Victory
A court has awarded a limited victory to De Beers’ synthetic-diamond production unit in a patent dispute with Singapore-based grower IIa Technologies.IIa infringed an Element Six patent related to diamond material that’s usable for lab-grown diamond jewelry and...
Financial-Legal Feb 09, 2020 Rapaport News
WD Lab Grown Diamonds
WD Sues Diamond Growers over CVD Patents
The companies behind WD Lab Grown Diamonds have filed three lawsuits against competitors, accusing them of infringing patents for diamond synthesis and treatment. The Carnegie Institution of Washington, a science organization, and M7D Corporation,...
Financial-Legal Jan 12, 2020 Rapaport News
Benny Landa
Tech Pioneer Sees Future for Synthetics in Israel
Israel has an opportunity to forge a new specialism in diamond synthesis as its polishing sector diminishes, according to a leading hi-tech executive and founder of a lab-grown venture.The country’s once-thriving diamond-manufacturing industry has mostly shifted to India, with only...
Technology Jan 02, 2020 Joshua Freedman
LakeDiamond diamond platelet with tweezer
De Beers Issues Synthetics Guidelines
De Beers has provided its rough-diamond clients andForevermark partners with guidelines on how to operate in the lab-grown market if they wish to continue tapping into its branding.The mining company, which in 2018 forayed intogem-quality synthetics with...
Financial-Legal Dec 18, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Dubai Conference Lab Grown Panel
Synthetics vs. Natural: The Battle over Value
In a jam-packed program, the Dubai Diamond Conference set the stage well for its main bout: finally, a match-up between the lab-grown and mined diamond producers. At its core, the debate among panelists in the...
Polished Markets Nov 13, 2019 Avi Krawitz
De Beers sightholder office
De Beers Sightholders Embracing Synthetics
Few in the diamond industry were surprised by the news that Rosy Blue chief Dilip Mehta had launched an independentlab-grown business. It’s been an open secret for months that majormanufacturers of natural diamonds have been...
Polished Markets Nov 12, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Lightbox
Lightbox to Debut at Bloomingdale’s, Reeds
De Beers will partner with two major retailers topromote Lightbox, its brand of affordable lab-grown diamond jewelry. Lightbox’s $800-per-carat jewelry is set to be soldin select Bloomingdale’s stores, including in New York City and San Francisco,...
Retail Oct 15, 2019 Rapaport News
WD
Lab-Grown Sector Gears Up for Eco Audit
Six synthetic-diamond companies have signed up for apilot program aimed at creating a sustainability standard for the sector. SCS Global Services, a third-party auditing specialist,will analyze companies’ environmental, social and governance records, with thegoal...
Polished Markets Oct 15, 2019 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
Diamond Foundry polished stone
GJEPC Mulls Separate Lab-Grown Membership
India’s Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) isconsidering a new membership category for lab-grown-diamond traders in afurther attempt to keep better tabs on the trade. The organization requires companies to choose a productcategory — known as a “panel”...
Polished Markets Aug 29, 2019 Rapaport News
Lab-grown rough diamond
India Differentiates Synthetics Imports
India has introduced an import classification code solely for lab-grown rough diamonds, enabling the industry to keep better watch of syntheticsentering the country.The government has separated the Indian Trade Clarification(ITC) code for rough...
Financial-Legal Jul 14, 2019 Joshua Freedman
JCK lab grown
JCK Lab-Grown Section Shows Rising Demand
At JCK Las Vegas, lab-grown-diamond exhibitors havemushroomed nearly as much as opinions about the stones themselves. Toaccommodate growing market needs, organizers debuted the Lab-Grown DiamondNeighborhood at the 2018 edition of the trade fair.“There may have...
Polished Markets Jul 10, 2019 Jennifer Heebner
Podcast June 2019
Podcast: Lightbox – the Synthetics King?
On the first anniversary since the launch of Lightbox,Rapaport’s Avi Krawitz sat with managing director Steve Coe at the JCK show inLas Vegas. Coe gives his perspective of the industry’s response toLightbox, some insight...
Retail Jun 05, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Rapaport breakfast JCK Las Vegas 2019
Martin Rapaport at JCK: Watch the Full Speech
The diamond industry must invest in new products andethically sourced natural diamonds to boost profitability and counter thegrowth of synthetics, Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group, stressedat the annual Rapaport Breakfast in Las Vegas....
Polished Markets Jun 05, 2019 Rapaport News
MR
RapNet Members Say ‘No’ to Synthetics
The RapNet community has voted overwhelmingly againstintroducing services for the lab-grown-diamond sector. Members voted by 79% to 21% against the trading platformlisting synthetics on the site. They also rejected a lab-grown pricelist, with 74%...
Mining Jun 03, 2019 Rapaport News
Swarovski 150
Swarovski Plans Move into Natural Diamonds
Swarovski, the Austrian jeweler famous for its cut-glass crystals, is preparing to launch its natural diamond operations, Nadja Swarovski, head of corporate communications and design services, said in a panel discussion at the JCK Las Vegas...
Polished Markets May 31, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Aleah Arundale
Lab-Grown Ban Splits Opinion on Facebook
An influential online community for jewelers has bannedsales of lab-grown diamonds, prompting fierce debate on social media. Jewelers Helping Jewelers (JHJ), a Facebook group with more than 16,000members, decreed Wednesday that no synthetics may be sold...
Technology May 30, 2019 Joshua Freedman
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