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19 Oct
The World Diamond Council (WDC) will hold its 14th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai over October 22 and 23, with a focus on reform of the Kimberley Process and WDC System of Warranties in support of a commitment to sustainable development by the diamond industry. The meeting will be hosted by The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).  This year’s event will welcome several new member organisations that strengthen the collective voice of the Council, particularly in Belgium, China and Africa.  The agenda is expected to continue to focus on a push for reform, both externally in the Kimberley Process (KP) where the WDC serves as the industry’s observer, and from within through changes to the industry’s System of Warranties (SoW). The SoW extends the assurances provided by...
19 Oct
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) announced that Chinese retailer LAELIM Jewelry and Belgian diamond manufacturer IGC Group will pilot its M2M program that allows for the tracking of a diamond through the value chain. GIA said this is one of the first instances of a manufacturer and retailer implementing the M2M program in partnership.  LAELIM Jewelry CEO Lin Xiang commented, “LAELIM Jewelry is proud to be — in cooperation with the Belgian IGC Group — the very first Chinese retailer to offer diamonds that have been evaluated by GIA for its M2M program.” She added, “The LAELIM brand will touch the Chinese consumer’s heart as the GIA M2M will give consumers a unique buying and exclusive owner experience in a way that has never been seen before. The digital journey from mining,...
19 Oct
The three-day 2018 Congress of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, concluded yesterday in Bogotá, Colombia, with Gaetano Cavalieri , the organisation’s president, describing it as the most successful, noting that significant work had been accomplished in driving forward the business and social agendas of the jewellery and gemstone industries, and in particular preparing them for the marketplace of the years ahead. "As industry leaders, our obligation is to ensure that our sector is able to evolve and adapt in accordance with changing business, technological, social and geopolitical conditions," said Cavalieri., adding, ”staying in one place effectively means that you are moving backwards, and that is not acceptable. What we have done in Bogotá over the past few days is to examine...
17 Oct
Sanjay Kothari (second from left) responds to a question whileGibson Vedamani(extreme left),  Manoj Jha (second from right)and Sanjay Garg (extreme right) listen.
The Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI), the specific industry initiative responsible for training and skill upgradation under the government sponsored countrywide umbrella organisation that addresses all industry sectors, convened a meeting of various stakeholders in the gem and jewellery industry at the campus of the Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ) in Mumbai today. The meeting was called at the behest of former Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) Chairman Sanjay Kothari, who has taken over as Chairman of the GJSCI. He told the meeting that while the...
17 Oct
Gaetano Cavalieri (left) and Tyler Gillard speak at the inaugural
The 2018 Congress of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, opened on October 15 in the Colombian capital of Bogotá, with a strong focus on responsible sourcing in the jewellery industry. This included the introduction of a Responsible Sourcing Guidance document, which will serve as a reference for responsible sourcing practices developed and applied by industry organisations and commercial bodies worldwide, and will come to have the status of a CIBJO Book. To oversee the process, a Responsible Sourcing Commission was established. "At the end of last year, we decided to investigate whether the methods by which we have compiled our standards for diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, precious metals,...
16 Oct
De Beers today announced it had provisionally sold $475 million worth of rough diamonds in its 8th sales cycle this year. This compares with the $376 million in rough sold during the 8th sales cycle of 2017. De Beers also said that its actual sales of rough diamonds in Cycle 7 this year now stood at $503 million. De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver said, “While the Rupee-Dollar exchange rate has impacted demand for lower value categories, we continue to see steady overall demand for De Beers Group rough diamonds, reflecting ongoing consumer demand for diamond jewellery in the US.”
16 Oct
In a program intended to protect consumers and help ensure public trust in gems and jewellery, GIA India organised more than 20 education seminars for various associations during August and September across India. GIA India said that the initiative attracted more than 1,200 members of the gem and jewellery trade in the states of Tripura, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Orissa, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and Maharashtra. The seminars covered topics including natural diamonds, lab-grown diamonds, diamond treatments, coloured gemstones and pearls. GIA Managing Director of India and the Middle East Nirupa Bhatt said, “As a public-benefit institute, GIA works to create awareness and educate the trade through our education seminars. Working closely with regional associations, GIA India has...
16 Oct
A new traceability project to document the journey of rubies from mine to market has been piloted by Ressigeac Gems with the assistance of the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, according to coloured gemstone miner Gemfields. Ressigeac Gems purchased one of the finest lots of rough rubies at Gemfields’ latest auction in Singapore this June. Each stone was characterised and documented step-by-step from the rough state to the cut state until the stones were resubmitted to SSEF for final examination and issuance of a gemstone report for each individual cut ruby. “Legitimacy, transparency and integrity are values at the heart of the Gemfields business. Coloured gemstones, as a wonderful material for many jewellers, should be sourced with these values in mind. End consumers want to know where...
12 Oct
The 108-carat stone that was offered in ALROSA'sNew York auction
ALROSA reported that more than 90 percent of the lots in its ‘special size’ (stones over 10.8 carats) and coloured rough diamond auction and in New York, totalling 1,300 carats, sold for $7.9 million. The auction ran from September 17 to October 5. Bids came from US, Indian, Israeli, Belgian and United Arab Emirates clients among others. The key stones of the auction were a white diamond with a yellow tint weighing almost 98 carats and another white diamond weighing 108 carats. Both stones were mined at the Yubileinaya pipe in Yakutia. Evgeny Agureev, Member of ALROSA’s executive committee and Director of its sales arm, USO ALROSA, noted that such large and pure diamonds are extremely rare in nature...
11 Oct
Delegates to the 2018 Congress of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, set to open in Bogotá, Colombia, in five days' time, will discuss among other things, the diamond, coloured stones, pearl, coral, precious metals and gemmological Blue Books — the organisation’s comprehensive guidelines on each specific sector. The 2017 CIBJO Congress in Bangkok ratified amendments to its diamond Blue Book that specified that CIBJO, the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) would all use a harmonised nomenclature to describe diamonds. Early this year, Russia’s Ministry of Finance signed a memorandum agreeing to harmonise its diamond nomenclature with CIBJO, the WFDB and IDMA. The agendas and related documentation for the various...
10 Oct
ALROSA announced that it had sold $338.7 million in rough diamonds over September this year, bringing the nine-month January-September total to $3.59 billion. The company also sold $7.1 million in polished last September, aggregating $74.1 million in polished diamond sales in the nine-month period to September.   ALROSA said that its aggregate sales of rough and polished for the nine-month period had grown 9 percent in a year-on-year comparison with the same period last year. "September sales growth against last year’s numbers is due partially to the low base effect of the last year, as sales of +10.8 and +2 carat rough diamonds increased. At the same time, there is a further slowdown in buying activity of inexpensive stones, traditional for the holiday season during the Diwali...
10 Oct
ALROSA has engaged the Boston Consulting Group to enable it to reduce its extraction-to-market time lag and reduce its work-in-process inventories by more than $100 million.   As part of the initiative to boost operational efficiency and improve business processes, ALROSA intends to streamline the distribution of rough diamond flows among its business units. The project will generate proposals on how to improve the distribution of rough diamond flows inside the company, with pilot projects launched until the year-end to reduce the cycle time and a dispatch control system rolled out in the sales unit. ALROSA says these measures will enable it to decrease its work-in-progress inventories by over $100 million by the end of this year and increase the value of ready-for-sale goods. As at the...
09 Oct
GJEPC Chairman Pramod Agarwal
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) announced that its second edition India Diamond Week buyer-seller meet will run in Mumbai from October 23 to 25 on the sidelines of the World Diamond Congress, the biennial meeting of the presidents of the 30 diamond bourses that constitute the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), as well as the annual general meeting of the World Diamond Council. GJEPC Chairman Pramod Agrawal said, “This diamond week is distinct, as it would witness key stakeholders of the global diamond trade this year with the annual general meeting of the World Diamond Council being hosted by the GJEPC in Mumbai. We are overwhelmed with...
09 Oct
ALROSA announced it had recovered a 28.59-carat fancy intense yellow diamond (pictured) at its Ebelyakh placer deposit in July. The deposit is mined by ALROSA’s subsidiary JSC Almazy Anabara. The company said it is the largest yellow diamond it has recovered this year. Evgeny Agureev, ALROSA Executive Committee member and Director of its sales arm, the United Selling Organisation (USO), observed, ”The extracted stone is our new unique discovery. Fancy colours are very rare in nature. This stone is also unique, because nature seemed to have prepared it for cutting and in advance gave it a pear-like shape. The USO has yet to study the diamond and decide whether to auction it as a rough or to cut it into a polished stone. However, even now, one can say this is a worthy specimen for...
09 Oct
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) held its first ever India silver jewellery Buyer Seller Meet (BSM) between October 3 and 5 in New Delhi. The event was inaugurated by Indian Government Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Senthilnathan S. The meet saw 27 leading Indian silver jewellery manufacturers displaying a wide range of product to 49 buyers from 16 countries. The buyers ranged from silver jewellery wholesalers, through retailers, traders and chain stores from Algeria, Australia, Egypt, Ireland, Jordan, UAE, UK, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Oman, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.  GJEPC Chairman Pramod Agrawal said, “There is a growing demand for silver jewellery or alternative metal globally. India can capitalise on this as it has the...
08 Oct
Russian Consul Andrei Zhiltsov speaks at the BDW inauguration.Seated on the dais are (from left) Mumbai Diamond MerchantsAssociation President Mahendra Gandhi, BDB Vice PresidentMehul Shah, ALROSA Director Evgeny Agureev, BDB PresidentAnoop Mehta, GJEPC Vice Chairman Colin Shah and BDWorganising committee member Jay Parikh.
The Bharat Diamond Week (BDW), a three-day polished diamond buyer-seller trade fair, kicked off on Monday at the Bharat Diamond  Bourse (BDB) in Mumbai, with Russian Consul-General Andrei Zhiltsov and Director of ALROSA's United Selling Organisation Evgeny Agureev formally inaugurating the event. The event comes just after a two-day visit to India by Russian President Vladimir Putin that included business and defence talks between him and...
05 Oct
Russian Consul-General Andrei Zhiltsov and Director of ALROSA's United Selling Organisation Evgeny Agureev are slated to formally open the second edition of the Bharat Diamond Week (BDW), the polished diamond fair organised by the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), which begins on Monday. "We are delighted that Consul General Zhiltsov and USO Director Agureev have graciously agreed to join us for the ceremonial opening of the diamond show," said BDB Vice-President Mehul Shah, who heads the BDW project. "ALROSA is an extremely important supplier of rough goods to the Indian diamond industry, which is by far the world's largest diamond manufacturing centre."  BDB President Anoop Mehta said, "It is not by chance that the second edition of the Bharat Diamond Week is to be opened by these important...
05 Oct
The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) launched its integrated ‘Real is Rare. Real is A Diamond’ marketing campaign in Telugu, a language spoken by people in the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The campaign focuses on celebrating the precious moments which mark the journey of a relationship between a couple. The DPA said that a key insight was arrived at following comprehensive research — while couples tend to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays as milestones, there are other unrecognised moments of bonding & intimacy that form the foundation of their relationship. These moments are unique and rare to each couple and deserve to be acknowledged. Inspired by the real stories uncovered during research, the campaign offers a compelling narrative by recreating...

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