De Beers: ‘Forevermark’ Test Is Just That

De Beers is stressing that its two tests of the "Forevermark" in Asia are just pilot projects, and the company has not decided how it will use the icon. The "Forevermark" is the diamond-shaped emblem that appears at the end of all De Beers' commercials. De Beers has said it wants the symbol to be a "co-brand" for sightholders. In the test, six stores in Hong Kong and Japan carry stones inscribed with the mark. (See "De Beers Testing 'Forevermark'," JCK, February 2002, p. 52.) "[The tests] are very small in scale," says Jonathon Pudney of the Diamond Trading Company (DTC) marketing department. "They will last for six months. The DTC, like many other companies in the industry, believes that consumer confidence in diamonds is a prerequisite for a healthy diamond industry. The next step will be to evaluate those results before any further action is taken." He cautions that the compan
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