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No Tolerance and No Leniency For Wrong-Doers

The recent case in which employees of the Indian technology company the GIA uses to maintain its secure database allegedly fraudulently upgraded the reports of just over 1,000 diamonds that were submitted to the GIA for grading clearly sets off alarm bells. We cannot but be horrified at the details published about this case.

Clearly, we must wait for the police and any other authorities to fully investigate, but on the face of it the case indicates very strongly the high level of vigilance our industry needs to maintain. The number of stones affected is relatively small, but this is not the point. The diamond bourses cannot allow any illicit activity whatsoever in our trade and must take all steps possible to ensure that consumers know we are an industry that has zero tolerance for any such illegality.

Hong Kong Indian Group Officially Launched

A group of Hong Kong-based Indian diamond companies have launched the Hong Kong Indian Diamond Association (HKIDA), which aims to protect and promote the natural diamond trade.

Ramesh Virani, chairman of HKIDA, cited the support and commitment of the association’s 35 founding members, which include the largest Indian diamond traders and jewelry manufacturers in Hong Kong, according to a report in Jewellery News Asia.

Antwerp Court Hands Down Harsh Punishment In Certification Fraud Case

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) said that four traders have received "extremely harsh sentences" from the Correctional Court in Antwerp for committing fraud concerning diamond certificates.

The traders bribed an employee from the HRD Antwerp diamond lab to obtain certificates stating a higher color grade for their diamonds than is actually the case.

Idar-Oberstein Provides Spectacular Backdrop To ExCo Meeting

By Albert Robinson

WFDB Communications and Media Consultant

When WFDB Treasurer Dieter Hahn sent me an email out of the blue in the early days of July inviting me to take part in the WFDB Executive Committee meeting to be hosted by the German Diamond and Gemstone Bourse in Idar-Oberstein, I was delighted to be able to accept the invitation. "It will definitely be worth your while to attend," Dieter rather cryptically teased me.

DDC Announces New Initiative To Safeguard Diamond Transactions

The Diamond Dealers Club (DDC) of New York has announced a new initiative to expand its arbitration program in an effort to help increase the security of diamond and jewelry transactions. For the first time, by putting an acceptable arbitration clause into their memos, invoices, or on their letterhead, DDC members will be able to use DDC arbitration to resolve disputes about transactions with non-members.

London Diamond Bourse Announces Report Checker

Further to the GIA’s statement last week notifying the diamond trade of 1,042 invalidated grading reports, the London Diamond Bourse has prepared a simple report checker which will easily flag any stones that should be sent to GIA for further examination.

The London Diamond Bourse is happy to share its checker with members of the diamond trade on request, its Chief Operating Officer, Victoria MacKay said.

Diamond Producers Association Appoints Lieberherr, Lussier and Morrison to Top Jobs

The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) has appointed Jean-Marc Lieberherr as Chairman of the organization, and Stephen Lussier as Vice-chair, both with immediate effect. 

The DPA has also appointed of Sally Morrison as Managing Director of Marketing, with effect from October 19.

Art Encapsulates History, Culture And Preserves Value — It Should Enfold Diamonds Too

Times are rough for the diamond industry. Matters have been going from bad to worse and it seems the end of this downturn is still not in sight.

I am tempted to write a “we told you so” piece or launch into a diatribe telling you, “We know the answer to the problem!” The truth of the matter is that taking any of those positions would be presumptuous, as nobody has all the answers and I do not think anybody could have predicted the present market situation.