Antwerp Diamond Trade Slips Slightly In 2017

The value of diamonds traded in Antwerp slipped to $46 billion last year from $48 billion in 2016, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) reported.

ALROSA and New Long-Term Clients Discuss Trends and Challenges

ALROSA has held annual meetings with its long-term clients, following the start of its new three-year client period which started last month.

VICENZAORO January Show Kicks Off, 1,500 Brands exhibiting

The VICENZAORO January show featured 1,500 brands. The international jewelry show is organized by the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) which was created by a merger between Rimini Fiera and Fiera di Vicenza.

Gem Diamonds Another Big Find – 149-carat, D Color Type IIA Stone

Just a week after reporting finding a 910-carat stone, Gem Diamonds has recovered another large exceptional quality diamond at the Letšeng mine in Lesotho.

The miner recovered a 149-carat, D color Type IIa diamond.

Meteorite System for Inclusion Mapping of Small Stones Launched by Sarine

Sarine Technologies Ltd has launched its new Meteorite™ system for the cost-effective inclusion mapping of very small rough stones of under 0.35 carats.

European Union Appoints Hilde Hardeman To Serve As KP Chair

A foreign services chief for the European Commission (EC), Hilde Hardeman, is to serve as the Chair of the Kimberley Process.

Hardeman runs the EC’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), which runs some part of the European Union’s diplomatic work.

Zimbabwe Mulls Ending Majority Local Ownership Rule on Diamonds

Zimbabwe may end a policy of foreign companies in the diamond and platinum sector handing over a 51-percent controlling interest to local citizens, said new President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

GJEPC Chairman Pramod Agarwal Applauds Gemstones Tax Cut

Pramod Agarwal, the Chairman of the Gem and Jewelry Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), has praised a decision by the India's Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council to slash the GST levy on cut and polished diamonds and precious stones to 0.25 percent from 3 percent.