International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research set for Indian roadshow

The De Beers Group of Companies recently announced that its International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR) business is running synthetic detection symposiums around India to demonstrate its technology to all elements of the Indian diamond community.

The IIDGR team, led by the Institute’s Commercial Director, Jamie Clark, are at the Bharat Diamond Bourse in Mumbai on 16th and 17th February, before travelling to The Gateway Hotel Athwalines in Surat on 19th February. Attendees will gain better understanding of how the detection technologies work and the role they play in supporting consumer confidence in diamonds.

The IIDGR markets a range of leading detection instruments that play a vital role in helping diamantaires have confidence in their own inventory.This in turn enables them to provide reassurance to their customers. More


SSEF inaugurates new state-of-the-art laboratory in Basel, enabling massive expansion of research, education and grading services

The Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF), one of the world's most respected gem research, education and grading institutions, has inaugurated a state-of-the-art laboratory in Basel, more than doubling the size of its previous facility and enabling a massive expansion of the services it has provided the gemstone, jewellery and watch industries for more than 40 years. The 720 square-metre new home, located within eyesight of Basel's main railway station, is a significant upgrade from the 300-square metre laboratory that the organisation had occupied since 1994. Customised to facilitate the growth of SSEF's diamond, coloured gemstone and pearl grading and testing divisions, it also is designed to keep the organisation at the forefront of gemmological research, while at the same time expanding the educational services it provides the Swiss, European and international gem communities. More


Dubai Diamond Conference 2015 announces former EU President as Opening Speaker

The Dubai Diamond Exchange (‘DDE’), a DMCC platform, recently announced the two-day Dubai Diamond Conference 2015 will be officially opened by Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, Former EU President.

The conference will take place from 21-22 April at the iconic Almas Tower home to the DDE and one of the world’s leading marketplaces for diamonds.

Herman Van Rompuy was elected as the first full-time EU President in November 2009, he took office on 1 December 2009. In 2012, he was re-elected for a second term starting on 1 June 2012 and running until 30 November 2014.

At the time of his first election, Herman Van Rompuy was Prime Minister of Belgium. Herman Van Rompuy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, and a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the university K.U. Leuven. More



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