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Tacy's 2013 Diamond Pipeline: Lackluster with Few Sparkles
DIB 809 presents Tacy's 2013 Diamond Pipeline. Chaim Even-Zohar analyzes the diamond value chain of 2013, including its production levels, inventories, pricing, and financing, as well as the challenges it faced last year, such as with equity, recycling and synthetics.
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DIB 839: Another Certificate Movie: "Dirty Dancing"
DIB 839 examines the problematic legal and ethical challenges in today's diamond grading environment.
ANALYZING INDIAN DREAMS OF DUTY-FREE JEWELRY EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES
India is a land in which people love ritual and performance and in which they cherish tradition and culture. This crossed my mind when perusing the latest trade press release from India...
THE NEW ‘WHITE PAPER INITIATIVE'
Some of the key individuals behind the Precious Stones Multi-Stakeholder Working Group (PS-MSWG) apparently have second thoughts on the effectiveness of specific precious stones OECD du...
TYLER GILLARD: ‘OECD HAS NO PLANS TO ISSUE PRECIOUS STONES (OR DIAMONDS) DUE DILIGENCE GUIDELINES AT THIS TIME'
"OECD Guidelines: A Replacement of the Kimberley Process?" This was the original name given by the organizers for Panel II at the Second Zimbabwe Diamond Conference that took place last...
WDC ‘PRIVATIZED’ – NOW REPRESENTS MAIN PRODUCERS AND RETAILERS
The press release that was issued the day after the conclusion of the World Diamond Council's (WDC) 10th Annual Meeting [see below, following this editorial] should become a case study ...
CHINA HIT BY EBOLA 'AVERSON BEHAVIOR': DELEGATIONS FROM VIRUS-IMPACTED NATIONS NOT INVITED TO CHINA KPCS PLENARY
The Ebola "aversion behavior" has clearly hit China. In an unprecedented move, the People's Republic of China, which, as 2014 KPCS Chair, hosts the forthcoming KP Plenary in China, has ...
EBOLA AND ITS IMPACT ON DIAMOND PEOPLE
It is not likely that anyone in the former "conflict diamond" nations in Africa was aware that eight prominent diamond-industry associations issued a "yellow card" to new World Diamond ...
IIA TECHNOLOGIES: THE MURKY PATH TO 'UNLOCKING NATURE'
The last thing I want to do is promote synthetic diamond czar Jatin Mehta's synthetic diamond operations, IIa Technologies in Singapore, or his Pure Grown Diamonds (formerly Gemesis) op...
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: INCOME TAX IN INDIA
I cannot remember who once told me that income tax is a benign form of "capital punishment," but it sounds friendlier than the old clich? that the only things guaranteed in life are dea...
THREATS AND MORE THREATS: EMPATHY WITH ROBERT L.
This is the time of the year for reflection, introspections, setting accounts with oneself and with one's own conscience.
IDI LAUNCHES CYBER MONDAY B2C ONLINE SALES PLATFORM
The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) is launching a pop-up B2C e-commerce platform for loose diamonds and diamond jewelry on Cyber Monday, considered to be one of the b...
AFRICAN MINERALS MINISTERS DISCUSS CREATION OF AFRICAN MINERALS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
African ministers responsible for mining and mineral development are meeting in Zimbabwe and Zambia this week to create a policy document that will see the continent establishing a comm...
BOTSWANA DIAMONDS WIDESN 2014 LOSS TO us$1.6M
Botswana Diamonds (BOD) has recorded an operating loss of approximately US$1.6 million (£1.05 million) for the year ended June 30, 2014, up from approximately US$748,000 (£477,908) a ye...
LUCAPA REQUESTS TRADING HALT PENDING DIAMOND MINING LICENSE
Lucapa Diamond Company Limited has requested a trading halt to be placed on the company's securities effective immediately pending an announcement on the signing of a 35-year alluvial d...
IDE PRESIDENT INVITES MEMBERS OF WFDB-AFFILIATED BOURSES TO PARTICIPATE IN WINTER EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND WEEK
The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) is inviting members of its 29 sister diamond bourses affiliated to the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) to take part in Winter Edition of the...
SOTHEBY'S NEW YORK SELLS 9.75-CARAT BLUE DIAMOND FOR $32.6M
Sotheby's New York sold a 9.75-carat fancy vivid blue diamond from the collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon for more than US$32.6 million, or more than US$3.3 million per carat, setting world...
DOMINION DIAMOND CORP RECORDS 50% GROWTH IN Q3 ROUGH DIAMOND SALES
Dominion Diamond Corporation reports that the Ekati and Diavik diamond mines, both in Canada's Northwest Territories, have performed "exceptionally well" in the third fiscal quarter of ...
ROCKWELL ARRANGES $4.1M UNSECURED CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES
South African alluvial diamond miner Rockwell Diamonds Inc. has completed an offering of two-year unsecured convertible debentures in a principal amount of C$4.1 million with two purcha...
BIRKS GROUP REPORTS 24% GROWTH IN Q2 SAME-STORE SALES
Canadian jewelry retailer Birks Group Inc., formerly Birks & Mayors, which operates 49 luxury jewelry stores across Canada, Florida and Georgia, has posted a 24 percent year-over-year i...
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DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 839
Inside this Issue: Another Certificate Movie: "Dirty Dancing"...World Bank Approves $285M Grant to Fight Ebola in West Africa...African Mining Ministers Plan to Create African Minerals ...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 838
Inside this issue; Analyzing Indian Dreams of Duty-Free Jewelry Exports to the United States...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 837
Inside this Issue: Tyler Gillard: 'OECD Has No Plans to Issue Precious Stones (or Diamonds) Due Dilgence Guidelines at this Time...Zimbabwe Aims to Nix Diamond Tax in Effort to Boost Lo...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 836
Inside this Issue: WDC 'Privatized' - Now Represents Main Producers and Retailers...Fake KP Certificate from Malaysia Surfaces...Large Industry Turnout Expected for Second Zimbabwe Diam...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 834 AND 835
Inside this Issue: Ebola and its Impact on Diamond People...Zimbabwe Diamond Conferece to Feature South African mining Minister among Keynote Speakers....Global Witness: New Chinese Gui...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 833
Inside this Issue: IIa Technologies: The Murky Path to Unlocking Nature...Second Zimbabwe Conference to Focus on Industry Challenges in Panel Discussions...Zimbabwe Govt Demands Diamond...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 832
Inside this Issue: GJEPC Delegation Apprises Gujarat Finance Minister of Pertinent Industry Issues...GJEPC Refutes Media Reports of Indian Diamantaires Selling at Discounts...Belgium's ...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 831
Inside this Issue: Threats and More Threats: Empathy with Robert L... AWDC Responds to Antwerp Prosecutor's 'Miscommunication' on Drug Money-Laundering Case...Indian Diamantaires Offer...
TACY'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 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 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 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 ...
EMBRACE THE DIAMOND INDUSTRY'S RIPPLE EFFECT
The now inevitable economic slowdown will impact the entire diamond pipeline, but each will be impacted in a different way - with the diamond cutting centers taking the more severe beat...
ALROSA 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 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 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 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...
U.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'
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 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...
COURT DOCUMENTS: LKI SUES INSURERS FOR $140 MILLION
Lazare Kaplan International (LKI) has filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against a number of insurance companies claiming $140 million in diamond losses. LKI and fello...
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 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...
INDIAN 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 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