U.S. Kimberley process authority formed

At a meeting at the Diamond Dealers Club of New York on Wednesday, held under the auspices of the World Diamond Council, leaders of the United States diamond industry agreed unanimously to create the U.S. Kimberley Process Authority, according to a WDC statement.

The Authority will act as the single issuing authority for rough diamond export certificates as required by the international Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, the statement said.

Members of the Authority are Judge S. Herman Klarsfeld, General Counsel to the New York Diamond Dealers Club; Cecilia L. Gardner, General Counsel to the Jewelers Vigilance Committee; and Matthew A. Runci (Chair), President /CEO of Jewelers of America.