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A roundup of trends and news in the diamond industry.
October 28, 2014
The decision by eight important industry groups to boycott the upcoming World Diamond Council meeting in Antwerp is a huge black eye to the industry—and if there isn’t a serious attempt to ratchet...
October 24, 2014
Happy Diwali to all my readers!This week: India still reeling from bank issues. A new lawsuit for Alex and Ani. And a diamond is rescued after being flushed down toilet. All below. ...
October 21, 2014
The Ebola outbreak is grabbing all the headlines, yet most of us don’t think about whether it affects our industry. But it does—West Africa is a significant source of diamonds, and the artisanal...
October 20, 2014
This summer, a site called Better Diamond Initiative premiered, billing itself “a collection of thoughts, opinions and news based on views, facts and reports” on diamonds.“...
October 17, 2014
This week. New technology identifies natural pearls. Surat company says millions of income is “unaccounted for.” Why a watchmaker is happy about his products being banned. All below. ...
October 16, 2014
Meet the new boss; he is kind of the old boss.
October 15, 2014
At the De Beers forum at this year’s JCK Las Vegas show, CEO Philippe Mellier surprised attendees by declaring that one of the industry’s biggest problems was diamond trade-ins. When consumers...
October 10, 2014
On a self-promotional note, I can announce that I will be emceeing the AGS Conclave once again in 2015. If you have never attended, it is a great event that provides a lot of useful information and...
October 9, 2014
Earlier this year, Dr. Martin Hochbaum left the Diamond Dealers Club after 17 years as managing director. At a warm, well-attended reception at the DDC in September, Hochbaum—who is now working on...
October 9, 2014
In May, executives from Anglo were murmuring that the company overpaid when it acquired De Beers, that it wasn’t delivering the return on capital it hoped. 
October 8, 2014
For the last few years, De Beers has operated the International Institute for Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR), a lab that issues reports for Forevermark-branded diamonds.
October 3, 2014
This week: Guy pans for gold to make wedding ring. Diamond dropped on Brooklyn Bridge. Bill Gates has a cheapo watch. All below. Bank Bailout- Standard Chartered reducing exposure to...
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