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WDC Officials Complete First Mission to Angola Outside of Formal KP Meetings

World Diamond Council (WDC) executives visited Angola for a series of meetings with stakeholders involved in the Kimberley Process (KP).

WDC Acting President Stephane Fischler and Executive Director Marie-Chantal Kaninda made the trip at the invitation of Angolan authorities, marking the first time there has been a WDC mission to Angola outside of a formal KP meeting.

Qatar Pearl Exhibition in Moscow Hosted by World Diamond Museum

A new edition of the well-received Pearls: Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers exhibition opened in Moscow on July 11 as part of the Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture.

GIA and Princeton University Cooperating on Advanced Diamond Research

Scientists at Princeton University have called on the GIA’s expertise in gemological research and the analysis of optical centers to evaluate how to use the unique properties of diamonds to create a highly secure communications network.

Synthdetect Shortlisted As Finalist For Industry Innovation Award - De Beers

SYNTHdetect, De Beers’ synthetic diamond screening device, has been nominated for Industry Innovation of the Year in the JNA Awards

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of De Beers Group, announced that its synthetic diamond screening device, SYNTHdetect, has been shortlisted as a finalist for Industry Innovation of the Year in this year’s JNA Awards.

IGI: New Lab and Gemology School in Bengaluru

The International Gemological Institute (IGI) is to open its 13th branch in Bengaluru which will evaluate diamond jewelry as well as providing educational services in gemology.

ALROSA Reports $384M Of Rough Sales In June, and $2.64B In Jan-June

ALROSA, the world's largest diamond miner by volume, sold $383.7 million of rough diamonds in June, and $2.64 billion worth in the first six months of 2018.

ALROSA also sold polished diamonds with a value of $6.6 million last month, and $49.9 million for the first half of the year.

AI Star ‘Sophia’ Highlight of Forevermark Forum in Delhi

The highlight of the 7th edition of the Forevermark Forum in early July in Delhiwas “Sophia”, an advanced social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics.

WFDB Announces 2018 World Diamond Congress to Take Place From Oct 23-25

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has announced that the 2018 World Diamond Congress, the biannual meeting of the WFDB and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), will take place in Mumbai, India, from October 23 to 25.