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Diamond Intelligence Briefing - Issue 858: Antwerp Lab Discovers and Reverses Undisclosed Temporary Color Enhancements
Following up on the “GIA Temporary Color Enhancement” story, this issue of Diamond Intelligence Briefing looks at the International Gemological Institute’s rather meticulous approach to identifying and documenting their own recent discovery of undisclosed temporary treatments.
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.
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TEMPORARY 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...
'SARINE PROFILE' TECHNOLOGY ADOPTED BY GSI GEM LABS
Sarine Technologies Ltd. (Sarine) has announced that the Gemological Science International (GSI) gem laboratory has decided to integrate the ‘Sarine ProfileTM’ into its polished diamond...
PDE TAKES ROADSHOW TO BOGOTA
The Panama Diamond Exchange (PDE) will be taking a roadshow to the Colombian capital of Bogot? from July 6 to 8. The visit will include a B2B networking event on June 7 in Bogot?, at wh...
SCIO REPORTS LOSS FOR FY2015; DOUBLED MANUFACTURING CAPACITY
Lab grown diamond producer Scio Diamond Technology Corporation (Scio) has released its results for fiscal 2015, which ended March 31st, 2015. While the company has reported a net loss o...
ALROSA TO INCREASE INVESTMENT IN ANGOLA
Russian diamond mining company Alrosa is planning on increasing its investment in Angola, implementing a series of projects, in conjunction with the Angolan government and other partner...
HONG KONG JEWELLERY & GEM FAIR TARGET FOR THIEVES
The Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair was apparently hit by 17 thefts over four days, with goods worth HK$6.9 million (US$890,000) stolen, according to a report by the South China Mornin...
SINGAPORE DIAMOND INVESTMENT EXCHANGE TO GO ‘LIVE’ IN SEPTEMBER 2015
Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange Pte Ltd (SDiX) has announced that its SDiX platform, a commodities exchange in physically settled diamonds, is targeted to go ‘live’ in September 2...
PARAGON EXPECTS 2015 PRODUCTION FROM LEMPHANE AND MOTHAE
Paragon Diamonds Limited (Paragon) in its 2014 Annual Report confirms that the company expects to begin production from the Mothae and Lemphane mines in Lesotho in 2015. While Lemphane ...
NAMDEB CEO LEAVING TO JOIN NAMIBIAN PRESIDENT’S ADVISORY TEAM
Namdeb Holdings has announced that Namdeb CEO Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi has given notice that she will step down from her position as Chief Executive Officer, confirming reports that she will...
ANDREW BONE JOINS RJC AS ITS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced the appointment of Andrew Bone to the position of Executive Director, as part of its management restructure. Bone, a long-time empl...
MONSOON FLOODS IN GUJARAT DAMAGE DIAMOND POLISHING UNITS
Monsoon flooding in Gujarat’s Amreli district has flooded homes and businesses, causing extensive damage and resulting in an as-yet unknown number of deaths of local residents and migra...
JVC PUBLISHES GUIDE TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has just released a new publication, entitled “I’ve Got An Idea! JVC’s Guide to Intellectual Property Law”. The handbook, sponsored by diamond je...
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DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING - ISSUE 858
In this issue: In the fall of last year, Antwerp’s International Gemological Institute (IGI) encountered multiple submissions for grading reports of a number of large temporary color en...
DIAMOND 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 855
In this issue: The 2014 Diamond Industry Pipeline.
DIAMOND 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 853
Inside this issue of the exclusive Diamond Intelligence Briefing: Taxing the Antwerp Diamond Industry into Prosperity...
DIAMOND 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 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 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...
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...
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