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Diamond Intelligence Briefing – Issue 878: Botswana Financing Revolution: “U.S. Gov’t Guarantees Loans..."
Diamond Intelligence Briefing – Issue 878: Botswana Financing Revolution: “U.S. Gov’t Guarantees Loans..."
In this issue: History was made this morning at a breakfast signing ceremony in Botswana. Barclays Bank Botswana signed a $125-million credit guaranty agreement with OPIC, through which the U.S. government will share 75% of the credit risk in financing diamond beneficiation in Botswana. DIB reports.
Vasant Mehta Steps Down from Chairmanship of Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery Mumbai
Vasant Mehta Steps Down from Chairmanship of Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery Mumbai
Vasant Mehta, the much-respected elderly statesman of the Indian gem and jewelry industry, has stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Board of the prestigious Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ) Mumbai, after serving eight years as the IIGJ’s Chairman.
Purchase From Mine to Mistress for the Reduced Price of $175!
Purchase From Mine to Mistress for the Reduced Price of $175!
Purchase From Mine to Mistress – Corporate Strategies and Government Policies in the International Diamond Industry. Click here to order your copy for just $175!
VIEWS
DIB 878: BOTSWANA FINANCING REVOLUTION: “U.S. GOV’T GUARANTEES LOANS TO DIAMOND MANUFACTURERS”DIB 878: BOTSWANA FINANCING REVOLUTION: “U.S. GOV’T GUARANTEES LOANS TO DIAMOND MANUFACTURERS”
In this issue: History was made this morning at a breakfast signing ceremony in Botswana. Barclays Bank Botswana signed a $125-million credit guaranty agreement with OPIC, through which...
DIB 875: SWAROVSKI JOINS THE MAN-MADE DIAMOND MARKETDIB 875: SWAROVSKI JOINS THE MAN-MADE DIAMOND MARKET
In this issue: Swarovski, the world’s leading producer of cut crystals, has quietly entered into the man-made gem diamond business with “Swarovski Created Diamonds”. DIB explores the po...
DIB 874: SPECIAL REPORT: GRAFT AND DIAMONDSDIB 874: SPECIAL REPORT: GRAFT AND DIAMONDS
Our report on police corruption in the Antwerp diamond sector which appeared in the previous issue of DIB, elicited enormous feedback. Many questions and observations were made. What ar...
DIB 870: “CVD LAB-GROWN DIAMONDS WITH GIA NATURAL DIAMOND CERTIFICATES”!DIB 870: “CVD LAB-GROWN DIAMONDS WITH GIA NATURAL DIAMOND CERTIFICATES”!
In this issue: Alibaba, the leading online internet platform for global wholesale trade, has been sending special Trade Alerts by email to millions of potential diamond buyers, offering...
DIB 869: U.S. RETAILERS UNDER ATTACK: WALKING THE FUZZY LINE BETWEEN CONSUMER PROTECTION AND EXTORTIONDIB 869: U.S. RETAILERS UNDER ATTACK: WALKING THE FUZZY LINE BETWEEN CONSUMER PROTECTION AND EXTORTION
Diamond-jewelry retailers have come forward publicly stating that they have become “victims of extortion by a lawyer with a criminal record.” Meanwhile, these lawyers portray themselves...
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NEWS
SIGNET TESTING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO CAPTURE DIAMOND’S ‘THUMBPRINT’
In Signet Jewelers’ Q2 Earnings Conference Call with analysts last week, the company’s CEO Mark Light talked about new gem identification technology that is planned for testing in the g...
ALROSA’S IFRS H1 2016 RESULTS: REVENUE UP 42%
Russian mining company Alrosa has released its IFRS financial results for the first half of 2016, reporting revenue of RUB 186.7 billion (US$2.87 billion), a 42 percent improvement when...
BLUEROCK’S KAREEVLEI TO RESTART OPERATIONS AT DIAMOND MINE IN SOUTH AFRICA
BlueRock has announced the recommencement of operations at its Kareevlei Mine in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, near Kimberley. The company reports that it has addressed ar...
INDIA’S MINING MINISTER ON RIO TINTO’S BUNDER PROJECT: “FOREST CLEARANCE WAS ON THE VERGE OF APPROVAL”
Following the recent announcement by global mining company Rio Tinto that it will be closing down its Bunder diamond mine project in central India by the end of this year, the governmen...
TIFFANY Q2 RESULTS: 6% DECLINE IN SALES
Luxury diamond jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co. has released its financial results for the second quarter and first half of Fiscal 2016, ended July 31, 2016. The company reports a drop of...
SIGNET’S Q2 FISCAL 2017 RESULTS ‘DISAPPOINTING’
Diamond jewelry retailer Signet Jewelers Limited (Signet), today announced its results for its second quarter of Fiscal 2017, ended July 30, 2016, reporting a drop of 2.3 percent in sam...
KP CHAIR PROVIDES MID-TERM REPORT
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Chair of the Kimberley Process (KP), Ahmed Bin Sulayem has published a comprehensive mid-term report on the activities and progress so far achieved by the...
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DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 878DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 878
In this issue: History was made this morning at a breakfast signing ceremony in Botswana. Barclays Bank Botswana signed a $125-million credit guaranty agreement with OPIC, through which...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 877DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 877
In this issue: The diamond industry faces a serious profitability problem, compelling manufacturers and traders to seek reductions in their operational costs and search for greater effi...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 875DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 875
In this issue: Swarovski, the world’s leading producer of cut crystals, has quietly entered into the man-made gem diamond business with “Swarovski Created Diamonds”. DIB explores the po...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 874DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 874
In this issue: Special Report: Graft and Diamonds - Our report on police corruption in the Antwerp diamond sector which appeared in the previous issue of DIB, elicited enormous feedback...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 873DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 873
In this issue: Many diamantaires in Antwerp have lost their trust in those whose sole task it is to police the diamond sector. One sensed that there were corrupt elements in the diamond...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 872DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 872
In this issue: The 2015 Diamond Industry Pipeline.
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 871DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 871
In this issue: DIB’s ongoing investigation into the International Trading Corporation (ITC), which offered CVD synthetic diamonds with natural diamond GIA grading reports on the Alibaba...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 870DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 870
In this issue: Alibaba, the leading online internet platform for global wholesale trade, has been sending special Trade Alerts by email to millions of potential diamond buyers, offering...
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TACY RESEARCH
TACY'S 2015 DIAMOND PIPELINE: 2015: PRODUCERS LOST LEVERAGE OVER CLIENTS – FOREVER…TACY'S 2015 DIAMOND PIPELINE: 2015: PRODUCERS LOST LEVERAGE OVER CLIENTS – FOREVER…
The 2015 Diamond Industry Pipeline.
TACY'S 2012 DIAMOND PIPELINE: A YEAR OF VOLATILITY, LOSSES AND UNCERTAINTIESTACY'S 2012 DIAMOND PIPELINE: A YEAR OF VOLATILITY, LOSSES AND UNCERTAINTIES
In DIB 753, Chaim Even-Zohar presents Tacy's 2012 Diamond Pipeline, which analyzes a year of volatility, losses and uncertainties. According to Even-Zohar, the market contraction and th...
TACY'S 2010 DIAMOND PIPELINE: YEAR OF REPLENISHMENT, SPECULATION AND RECYCLINGTACY'S 2010 DIAMOND PIPELINE: YEAR OF REPLENISHMENT, SPECULATION AND RECYCLING
In DIB 654 Chaim Even-Zohar presents the 2010 diamond pipeline and analyzes the factors shaping last year’s growth and recovery. Read about what impacted each level of the pipeline in 2...
TACY'S 2011 DIAMOND PIPELINE: CHASING PAPER PROFITS; RECYCLED DIAMONDS INTEGRAL PART OF SUPPLY CHAIN
In DIB 700, Chaim Even-Zohar presents Tacy's 2011 Diamond Pipeline.
TACY LTD.'S 2009 DIAMOND PIPELINE - YEAR OF PIPELINE DESTOCKING AND RESTRUCTURINGTACY LTD.'S 2009 DIAMOND PIPELINE - YEAR OF PIPELINE DESTOCKING AND RESTRUCTURING
DIB 602 includes Tacy's annual Diamond Pipeline and explains why 2009 was an "aberration" for the industry. Chaim Even-Zohar's analysis shows how and where the economic crisis most impa...
TACY'S ESTIMATES OF 2009 GLOBAL NATURAL DIAMOND PRODUCTION
The 2009 pipeline reflects the most severe single-year contraction of the diamond pipeline since World War II as a result of the economic crisis and the resultant liquidity shortages. ...
2008 DIAMOND PIPELINE: FROM MARKET BUOYANCY TO GLOBAL CREDIT CRISIS, DEFLATION AND RECESSION2008 DIAMOND PIPELINE: FROM MARKET BUOYANCY TO GLOBAL CREDIT CRISIS, DEFLATION AND RECESSION
The 2008 diamond pipeline reflects the coalescence of two dramatically different periods within a single year: nine months of buoyancy marked by sharply rising rough diamond prices and ...
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RESOURCE LIBRARY
Kimberley Process Mid-Term Report - UAE KP Chair 2016Kimberley Process Mid-Term Report - UAE KP Chair 2016
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Chair of the Kimberley Process (KP), Ahmed Bin Sulayem has published a comprehensive mid-term report on the activities and progress so far achieved by the...
ALL 13 UAE EXPERT REPORTS
The 13 Expert Reports prepared for the UAE court by court-appointed experts.
ALROSA PUBLISHES GUIDELINES ON RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS PRACTICESALROSA PUBLISHES GUIDELINES ON RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS PRACTICES
Alrosa's executive committee recently adopted the Alrosa Alliance Guidelines, which forms an integral part of the Alrosa Alliance Logo license agreement and calls on its long-term rough...
PEW RESEARCH CENTER REPORT ON MILLENIALS: A PORTRAIT OF GENERATION NEXTPEW RESEARCH CENTER REPORT ON MILLENIALS: A PORTRAIT OF GENERATION NEXT
The Pew Research Center report, which is discussed in Chaim Even-Zohar's editorial in DIB 788 about a growing trend among Millenial consumers toward purchasing synthetic diamonds, desri...
ALROSA RELEASES RESULTS FOR FY 2012ALROSA RELEASES RESULTS FOR FY 2012
Alrosa releases its investor presentation for the FY 2012, which includes the year's production and financial highights.
OECD DUE DILIGENCE GUIDANCE FOR RESPONSIBLE SUPPLY CHAINS OF MINERALS FROM CONFLICT-AFFECTED AND HIGH-RISK AREASOECD DUE DILIGENCE GUIDANCE FOR RESPONSIBLE SUPPLY CHAINS OF MINERALS FROM CONFLICT-AFFECTED AND HIGH-RISK AREAS
The handbook aims to promote a collaborative government-backed, multi-stakeholder approach to responsible supply chain management of minerals from conflict-affacted areas.
DIAMOND SOURCE WARRANTY PROTOCOL
The new Diamond Source Warranty Protocol, launched by the Jewelers of America (JA), the Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA), the Jewelers Vigilance Committe...
RJC COMMENTS ON FINAL RULE FOR DODD-FRANK SECTION 1502
The release by the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the final rule implementing Section 1502 on Conflict Minerals in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protectio...
DIAVIK MINE ISSUES 2012 MID-YEAR SOCIO-ECONOMIC REPORT
Rio Tinto's wholly owned Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., operator of the Diavik diamond mine in Canada's Northwest Territories, has released its 2012 mid-year socio-economic monitoring repor...
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LEGAL
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE'S MOTION TO DISMISS LKI'S RICO COMPLAINT AGAINST ADB SEPEMBER 5, 2012U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE'S MOTION TO DISMISS LKI'S RICO COMPLAINT AGAINST ADB SEPEMBER 5, 2012
Attached is the reasoning of U.S. Disctirct Judge Andrew Carter's motion on September 5, 2012, to dismiss the RICO suit brought by LKI against ADB.
U.S. SENATE REPORT ON 'U.S. VULNERABILITIES TO MONEY LAUNDERING, DRUGS, AND TERRORIST FINANCING: HSBC CASE HISTORY'U.S. SENATE REPORT ON 'U.S. VULNERABILITIES TO MONEY LAUNDERING, DRUGS, AND TERRORIST FINANCING: HSBC CASE HISTORY'
A report by the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations titled U.S. Vulnerabilities to Money Laundering, Drugs, and Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case History.
MICHELLE FAIRHURST'S ANTITRUST CLASS ACTION AGAINST ANGLO AMERICAN AND DE BEERS (AND OTHERS)
In 2007, Michelle Fairhurst of Squamish, British Columbia, filed an antitrust class action lawsuit against Anglo American, De Beers and others alleging that the defendants were engaged ...
LKI VERSUS ANTWERP DIAMOND BANK AND KBC - FULL TEXT OF COMPLAINT
Available for download is the full text of the Lazare Kaplan International complaint against the Antwerp Diamond Bank and KBC.
U.S. APPEALS COURT TO RE-HEAR DE BEERS US$295 MILLION SETTLEMENT CASE
A U.S. appeals court has ordered a re-hearing of the De Beers antitrust settlement case following the filing of an amicus brief by the Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of A...
FATF'S INTERPRETIVE NOTE TO SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION IX
To greater understand the objectives and definition of Special Recommendation IX, which the Israeli Tax Authority and the Israeli Diamond Controller of the Ministry of Industry, Trade a...
FATF IX SPECIAL RECOMMENDATIONSFATF IX SPECIAL RECOMMENDATIONS
Recognising the vital importance of taking action to combat the financing of terrorism, the FATF has agreed these Special IX Recommendations, which, when combined with the FATF Forty Re...
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FINANCE
BANK OF BOTSWANA TO LEAVE BANK RATE UNCHANGED AT 10%BANK OF BOTSWANA TO LEAVE BANK RATE UNCHANGED AT 10%
The Bank of Botswana Monetary Policy Committee has decided to leave the bank rate unchanged at 10 percent for the fourth consecutive time. To read the decision in full, click on the ico...
ALROSA INFORMATION MEMORANDUM
The attached Information Memorandum, dated December 2007, contains information provided by ALROSA Finance S.A. and ALROSA Company Limited in connection with a euro-commercial paper pro...
DIAMANTAIRES THOUGHT TO BE AMONG UBS CLIENTS SUSPECTED OF TAX EVASIONDIAMANTAIRES THOUGHT TO BE AMONG UBS CLIENTS SUSPECTED OF TAX EVASION
Switzerland's UBS bank has entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the United States Department of Justice and a Consent Order with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SE...
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PICTURES
INDIAN DIAMOND INDUSTRY HONORS CHAIM EVEN-ZOHAR FOR LIFETIME CONTRIBUTIONS TO INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND INDUSTRYINDIAN DIAMOND INDUSTRY HONORS CHAIM EVEN-ZOHAR FOR LIFETIME CONTRIBUTIONS TO INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND INDUSTRY
Industry analyst Chaim Even-Zohar being awarded by the Indian industry for his lifetime contributions to the international diamond industry. From Left to Right: Former chairman of the ...
HARRY OPPENHEIMER AND SIR SERETSE KHAMA AT A MEETING IN GABORONEHARRY OPPENHEIMER AND SIR SERETSE KHAMA AT A MEETING IN GABORONE
This photo shows Harry Oppenheimer and Sir Seretse Khama at a meeting in Gaborone in 1968 to discuss the diamond mining project at Orapa
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