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WJA Appoints Jennifer Markas as New Executive Director

The Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) has moved its headquarters back to New York City and appointed a new executive director, Jennifer Markas, who begins work Sept. 10. Bernadette Mack, the outgoing executive director, will work with Markas during her transition until the end of the month.

September Fair Offers 10k Complimentary Room Nights For Trade Buyers

Informa Markets, organizer of the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, is offering 10,000 complimentary hotel room nights exclusively for trade buyers.

This is part of major visitor promotion initiatives by the organizer to further drive traffic to the show, following discussions with trade associations and industry players.

Gem Diamonds Upbeat On Sales And Cost-Cutting

Gem Diamonds Limited Chief Executive Clifford Elphick said prices achieved at its Letseng mine for the half year ending 30 June are 10% up from the prices achieved in the preceding 6-month period, notwithstanding the planned limited contribution from the Satellite pipe ore and current diamond market conditions.

IGI Names Avi Levy New North American President

The International Gemological Institute (IGI) announced today that Avi Levy will serve as the new president of IGI North America. Avi succeeds seasoned industry veteran Jerry Ehrenwald, GG, ASA, who has served as IGI North America president and CEO since 1991.

Ernie Blom Writes To Hong Kong Show Organizers For Assurances

The following letter was sent by WFDB President Ernie Blom to Ms Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs, Informa Markets, Hong Kong.

ALROSA set to host second annual True Colors Auction in September

ALROSA is set to host the second annual True Colors auction of natural color diamonds in September. Customers will have the opportunity to view the diamonds at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair between 16th to 20th September. The auction will last until September 23th.

Thailand's Leading Gems And Jewellery Bodies To Take Part In Bharat Diamond Week

The Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand's leading gems and jewellery associations for participation in the Bharat Diamond Week (BDW) which takes place at the bourse from October 14 to 16.

Dubai’s Anticipated Growth in the Diamond Industry

By Martin Leake, Special Advisor - Precious Stones at DMCC

Dubai aims to become the world’s biggest international diamond trading hubs by 2023. Over the last 20 years, Dubai has come from virtually zero transactions in diamond trading in the late 1990s, to $3.6 billion in 2003, and now over $25 billion in 2018.