Diamantaire Ehud Laniado Dies Aged 65 of Heart Attack During Surgery

Well-known Israeli-Belgian diamantaire Ehud Laniado died on Saturday aged 65.

His death was due to a heart attack during surgery at a Paris clinic, local media reported.

Diamond Producers Association Launches ‘For Me, From Me’ Campaign

The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) has announced the third wave of the Real is Rare, Real is a Diamond campaign.

Eurasian Economic Union Amends Nomenclature On Synthetic Diamonds

The Eurasian Economic Commission of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) on January 29 adopted a decision to amend the EEU Foreign Economic Activity Commodity Nomenclature by introducing specific subheadings for unworked and worked synthetic diamonds and other synthetic gemstones.

Ernie Blom Writes to S. Africa Minister about Industry Needs

WFDB President Ernie Blom sent the following open letter to the Honorable Minister of Mineral Resources Mr. Samson Gwede Mantashe

Gemological Science International: Dubai Laboratory Receives EIAC Accreditation

The Gemological Science International (GSI) has announced that the Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC) has approved GSI’s Dubai laboratory accreditation.

"The accreditation is valid not only in Dubai, where the GSI laboratory is located, but in all seven members of the United Arab Emirates," the GSI said in a statement. "GSI is the first and the only international gemological laboratory to achieve this accreditation. This accreditation upholds GSI's commitment to professional integrity, transparency and forward looking processes and procedures.

Alrosa CEO Sergey Ivanov Pays Official Visit to Israel Diamond Center

Sergey Ivanov, the CEO of Alrosa, paid an official visit to the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) last week.

He was hosted by IDE President Yoram Dvash and IDE Managing Director Eran Zini.

ALROSA – January Sales Lower Due to To Cyclical Reasons

ALROSA reported sales of $281.5 million worth of rough and polished diamonds in January, a big decline of 44% compared to January 2018.

In a breakdown of the figures, rough diamond sales came to $278.2 million, while polished diamond sales had a value of just $3.4 million.

US Retail Sales to Grow By Around 4% and Economy Is 'Sound’, Says NRF

The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts that US retail sales this year will rise by 3.8-4.4% to more than $3.8 trillion.

The NRF said the rise will take place despite threats from an ongoing trade war, the volatile stock market and the effects of the government shutdown.