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Rapnet Votes No On Synthetic Diamonds

Members of RapNet voted overwhelmingly against introducing services for synthetic diamonds.

The following are the voting results for the five issues polled.

Israel Diamond Pavilion at Hong Kong June to Host 30 Companies

The Israel Diamond Pavilion will host 30 companies this year at the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, which will take place from June 20 – 23 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

GIA Expands Courses Available in Japanese

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has announced that in late 2019 it will expand distance education courses available in Japanese.

In addition to the Diamond Essentials Intensive and the Diamond Grading Lab currently offered in Japanese at the GIA Tokyo school, GIA will offer four eLearning courses in Japanese: Diamond Essentials, Diamonds and Diamond Grading, Jewelry Essentials and Colored Stone Essentials.

ALROSA Among The Best Companies For IR Globally

By Albert Robinson, WFDB Media and Communications

Russian diamond miner ALROSA said it has scored among the best companies globally as part of the international Extel Survey of analysts and investors held in 2019.

In Moscow, IDE and ALROSA Agree to Strengthen Cooperation

By Albert Robinson, WFDB Media and Communications

Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) President Yoram Dvash led a delegation of the heads of 28 leading Israeli diamond companies to Moscow last week to meet with senior ALROSA officials. Accompanying the delegation was Israel Diamond Institute Chairman Boaz Moldawsky and Israel Diamond Controller Danny Tal.

According to Dvash the purpose of the visit was to strengthen business ties and cooperation with the mining giant, with the aim of increasing the quantity of rough goods entering Israel.

Antwerp Diamond Industry Celebrates 100 Years Of The Brilliant

By Albert Robinson, WFDB Media and Communications

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) held a street festival on May 27 to pay tribute to the most iconic and successful diamond cut in history: the brilliant invented 100 years ago by Antwerp engineer Marcel Tolkowsky. He was the first person to scientifically determine the perfect way to cut a brilliant diamond.

De Beers Reports Sharp Drop In Sales At Fourth Sight

By Albert Robinson, WFDB Media and Communications

The De Beers Group announced the value of rough diamond sales (Global Sightholder Sales and Auction Sales) for the fourth sales cycle of 2019 dropped substantially on the previous sale.

JCK Las Vegas to Debut Global Gemstone Neighborhood

By Albert Robinson, WFDB Media and Communications

JCK Las Vegas is introducing a Global Gemstone neighborhood for 2019, an all-new destination under one roof with the JCK show floor featuring more than 175 gem dealers from around the world. The expansive 8,300 square-foot neighborhood is inclusive of the member exhibitors of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) and Fine Gems, spanning five exhibition areas for gemstones.