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Diamond Intelligence Briefing - 857: Temporary Color Enhancement: A Potential Game Changer for Indusry and Grading Labs
Diamond Intelligence Briefing - 857: Temporary Color Enhancement: A Potential Game Changer for Indusry and Grading Labs
The latest issue of the exclusive Diamond Intelligence Briefing analyzes the recent GIA imbroglio -temporary color enhancement. Chaim Even-Zohar delves into the latest diamond-grading controversy surrounding the lab.
Diamond Intelligence Briefing - Issue 856: Botswana Beneficiation from a Marketing Agreement Perspective
Diamond Intelligence Briefing - Issue 856: Botswana Beneficiation from a Marketing Agreement Perspective
The latest issue of the exclusive Diamond Intelligence Briefing discusses the current hardships facing Botswana's manufacturing sector. Chaim Even-Zohar analyzes the marketing agreement between De Beers and the Botswana government.
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VIEWS
TEMPORARY COLOR ENHANCEMENT: A POTENTIAL GAME CHANGER FOR INDUSTRY AND GRADING LABSTEMPORARY COLOR ENHANCEMENT: A POTENTIAL GAME CHANGER FOR INDUSTRY AND GRADING LABS
The advent of a reversible (temporary) color enhancement treatment in the diamond market potentially presents a radical “game changer”, comparable to the discovery of the Yehuda Treatme...
BOTSWANA BENEFICIATION FROM A MARKETING AGREEMENT PERSPECTIVE: LOCAL ROUGH SUPPLIES - A PROMISE BROKEN...
The President of Botswana, the Honorable Seretse Khama Ian Khama, has all the legitimate means to fix the plight of his country's ailing diamond-beneficiation sector, i.e., factory clos...
THE 2014 DIAMOND PIPELINE: THE YEAR THE INDUSTRY LOST CONFIDENCE IN ITS FUTURE
The entire diamond pipeline – from rough to retail – ultimately constitutes one single supply chain. Any chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
ABN AMRO’S INDIAN EXIT: INDUSIND BANK CATAPULTS INTO $1 BILLION EXPOSURE
For years, there has been growing speculation that ABN AMRO would exit the diamond-financing sector. This conjecture was not just because of sizable write-offs that were triggered by a ...
TAXING THE ANTWERP DIAMOND INDUSTRY INTO PROSPERITY...
The phone went silent. I had just outlined the underlying principles of the new turnover tax contemplated for Antwerp's diamond sector to an Indian friend in Dubai - it made him speech...
THE SYNTHETIC IMBROGLIO OF IVANKA TRUMP'S DIAMOND JEWELRY
Researching the gem-quality synthetic-diamond pipeline a few years ago, this journalist flagged celebrated high-end Ivanka Trump fine jewelry brand as a "problem area."
PACKAGING OLD LEAKS -- HSBC UNPLUGGED AGAIN...
Imagine it must have been quite a thrill for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the knights in shining armor, when they were all sitting behind their comp...
EGL VERSUS EGL: THE HIJACKING OF THE ISRAELI LAB...
At any given time, one may find partners who share ownership of privately held gemological laboratories conducting bitter warfare (and often legal battles) against one another. As long ...
SYNTHETIC DIAMOND PRODUCER CREATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE BODY; PROHIBITS THE USE OF THE 'S'-WORD
Hallelujah! The gem-quality synthetic diamond producers have finally acted in unison by creating a strong joint voice on the challenging issues they face. Or so it seems...
ECONOMICS 101: A COURSE ON ADDED VALUE
The president of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), Maxim Shkadov, is clearly in pain. Recognizing that the supply of polished diamonds is far exceeding demand,...
TAKING ONE'S BANKER TO COURT
There are many characteristic and recurring ways in which bankers or their clients can lose money in the diamond-financing business. The most frequent losses incurred by diamond-financi...
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NEWS
DIAMOND MINERS FORM ‘DIAMOND PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION’
Seven of the world’s leading diamond mining companies today announced their commitment to form the Diamond Producers Association (DPA), for the purpose of supporting the development of ...
SIGNET REPORTS Q1 FISCAL 2016 RESULTS
International diamond jewelry retailer Signet Jewelers Limited, has announced its results for the 13 weeks ended May 2, 2015 (Q1 Fiscal 2016), with total sales up 44.9 percent over Q1 F...
GJEPC URGES THOROUGH INVESTIGATION INTO DISCRIMINATION ALLEGATIONS
Responding to the recent uproar surrounding the rejection of a job candidate by Hari Krishna Exports Pvt Ltd’s human resources department, which was reportedly based on religious discri...
DE BEERS’ KIMBERLEY MINES TAILING OPERATION FOR SALE
The De Beers Group of Companies has announced that it is placing the Kimberley Mines Tailing Operation on the market. The company says it hopes to close the ‘expression of interest’ ph...
10-CARAT LAB-GROWN GEM DIAMOND CERTIFIED
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) Hong Kong reports that it has certified what it believes to be the world’s largest lab-grown colorless diamond, a 10.02 carat Square Emeral...
GIA WARNS OF UNDISCLOSED REVERSIBLE TREATMENTS – 424 GRADING REPORTS SUSPECT
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has issued a GIA Laboratory Alert warning that “GIA reasonably suspects that approximately 500 colorless to near colorless diamonds submitted ...
IGI OFFERS VIRTUAL THREE-DIMENSIONAL DIAMOND VIEWING SERVICE
The International Gemological Institute (IGI), has announced that its diamond grading reports will now include quick response (QR) codes, which will allow for fully dimensional online v...
78.02-CARAT DIAMOND RECOVERED FROM MIR KIMBERLITE PIPE
Russian diamond mining company Alrosa has announced the recovery of a 78.02-carat diamond from its Mir kimberlite pipe which is located in Mirny, Yakutia.
STELLAR’S BAOULE DIAMONDS FOR AUCTION IN MAY
Stellar Diamonds plc has announced that its next diamond sale from trial mining of its Baoul? kimberlite project in the Aredor area of Guinea will take place in Dubai and Antwerp via th...
ZIMBABWE TRUST AGREEMENTS MAY NOT BE ENFORCEABLE
Agreements which are claimed to have been made with diamond miners for support for Zimbabwe’s Community Share Ownership Schemes or Trusts, which come under the purview of the country’s ...
SHORE GOLD COMMENCES LARGE DIAMETER DRILLING AT ORION SOUTH
Shore Gold Inc. has commenced its large diameter drilling (LDD) program on the Orion South Kimberlite, located in Canada’s Saskatchewan. The company’s Senior Vice President of Explorati...
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DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 857DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 857
Inside this issue: Temporary Color Enhancement: A Potential Game Changer for Industry and Grading Labs
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 856
Inside this Issue: Botswana Beneficiation from a Marketing Agreement Perspective: Local Rough Supplies, A Promise Broken... A De Beers Response...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 855DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 855
In this issue: The 2014 Diamond Industry Pipeline.
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 854DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 854
Inside this issue of the Diamond Intelligence Briefing: ABN AMRO’s Indian Exit: IndusInd Bank Catapults into $1 Billion Exposure; Moving Towards Localized Financing in Largest Cutting C...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 853DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 853
Inside this issue of the exclusive Diamond Intelligence Briefing: Taxing the Antwerp Diamond Industry into Prosperity...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 852DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 852
Inside this issue of the exclusive Diamond Intelligence Briefing: The Synthetic Imbroglio of Ivanka Trump's Diamond Jewelry...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 851DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 851
Inside this Issue: Packaging Old Leaks, HSBC Unplugged Again...De Beers' International Institute on Diamond Grading & Research Heads to India...Foundation Stone Laid at Surat Diamond Bo...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 850DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 850
Inside this issue: EGL Versus EGL: The Hijacking of the Israeli Lab…International Diamond Week Commences in Ramat Gan...Skilled Indian DIamond Polishers to Be Trained to Work...Alrosa a...
DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 114+115DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS - ISSUE 114+115
In this issue: Diamonds today: a reference review of the diamond industry, Producing Countries: Angola, Australia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Soviet Union, Zaire, Manufacturing Ce...
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TACY RESEARCH
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 ...
EMBRACE THE DIAMOND INDUSTRY'S RIPPLE EFFECTEMBRACE 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...
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RESOURCE LIBRARY
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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