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Dubai Diamond Conference to Debate Diamonds And Millennial Buyer Trends

The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), a DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) platform, is all set to tackle the debate on ‘How diamonds fit in the new era of millennials’ with moderators Dr T.B. (Mac) McClelland Jr., President & CEO - Middle East, The Luxury Marketing Council; and Tim Dabson, Former De Beers Executive at the helm.

CIBJO European Jewellery Guild Created to Represent The European Jewelry Trade

The CIBJO European Jewellery Guild, a new body of leading European associations, has been established as part of the World Jewellery Confederation to represent the interests of Europe-based players in the jewelry and gemstone industries.

It will also represent them in contacts with officials, departments and agencies of the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council.

Diamond Empowerment Fund Hands Over Check for $130,000 to Graca Machel Trust

The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) has announced a $130,000 grant to the Graça Machel Trust, the pan-African women’s and children’s rights organization founded and led by Graca Machel, former First Lady of South Africa and of Mozambique.

Sustainability Agenda To Take Centre Stage At Dubai Diamond Conference

The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), a DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) platform, today announced the keynote speakers and subjects to be discussed at the third edition of its biennial two-day Dubai Diamond Conference 2017 ('DDC 2017') under the theme ‘Destination Next – Shaping the future of an interconnected marketplace’.

AWDC Attacks Global Witness On Zimbabwe Diamonds Traded In Antwerp

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The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has strongly refuted accusations made by Global Witness earlier today regarding three shipments of diamonds from Zimbabwe which were traded in Antwerp between December 2013 and September 2014.

According to Global Witness, European sanctions that are enforced against Zimbabwe may have been violated, because of the sale of three shipments of Zimbabwean diamonds in Antwerp, which may have indirectly benefitted the ZDI (Zimbabwe Defense Industries).

Love & Co. Adopts Sarine ProfileDigital Diamond Report in China

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Sarine Technologies Ltd said its Sarine Profile digital diamond report will be rolled out across China by Soo Kee Group Ltd under the Love & Co. brand for its Lovemarque diamond collection. Love & Co. is the bridal brand of Singapore Exchange Mainboard-listed Soo Kee Group Ltd.

Israel Diamond Exchange's Tender Center to Host Sale of Rough From Letseng

The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) International Tender Center (ITC) will hold Gem Diamonds’ first tender of high-quality Letšeng productionoutside of Antwerp.

The lots will include large, high-value rough diamonds (+10.80 carat) from the Letšeng mine in Lesotho.

Viewing of the stones will take place at the ITC in the Israel bourse from October 15 - 18, with additional viewing in Antwerp from October 23 - November 2.

KP Meeting Opening Disrupted by Chinese Protest Against Taiwan Delegation

The first day of the Kimberley Process Intersessional Meeting in Perth on May 1 was disrupted by the Chinese delegation which opposed the presence of the Taiwanese group.

Australia complained to China's ambassador to the country following the disruption, which was described by one attendee as "extraordinary".

China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province which will eventually be reunited with the mainland. It insists that other countries cannot have diplomatic relations with both China and Taiwan.

HRD Antwerp to Offer English/Korean and English/Chinese Grading Reports

HRD Antwerp will start offering bilingual diamond grading reports, with the first available in English/Korean and English/Chinese from February 1, 2017.

The announcement was made as part of an economic mission to South Korea (Seoul) and China (Shanghai), presided over by Antwerp's Mayor Bart De Wever. 

"The South-Korean market represents great opportunities and our presence here today is just a first step in what will undoubtedly become a mutually beneficial relationship," says Ari Epstein, Chairman of HRD Antwerp.

Mark Gershburg Leaving U.S. Kimberley Process Authority

Mark Gershburg, the CEO and founder of Gemological Science International (GSI), has announced that he will no longer be a director of the U.S. Kimberley Process Authority (USKPA).

The USKPA is a trade association that works closely with the U.S. government to prevent the infiltration of conflict diamonds into legitimate trade.

Gershburg has spent over a decade as one of the three directors of the USPKPA, and said he was proud to have taken part in the global fight against illegal diamonds.

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