Gübelin Group renews commitment to JNA Awards
Diamond Miners Agree To Form A Diamond Producers Association
Seven of the world’s leading diamond mining companies recently announced their commitment to form the Diamond Producers Association (DPA). The founding members – ALROSA, De Beers, Rio Tinto, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Lucara Diamond Corporation, Petra Diamonds Ltd, and Gem Diamonds Ltd  more
Raphael Gübelin, CEO and Board Member of the Gübelin Group, Switzerland
The Gübelin Group, known for its three areas of expertise – fine jewellery that merges Swiss goldsmith craftsmanship with rare gemstones, a world-renowned scientific gemstone laboratory and the Gübelin Academy for gemmological education – is returning as an Honoured Partner of the JNA Awards for the third consecutive year, awards organiser JNA (Jewellery News Asia) has announced.
The Switzerland-based company joins Headline Partners Rio Tinto and Chow Tai Fook, and fellow Honoured Partners Diarough Group, Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI), Shanghai Diamond Exchange and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) in supporting one of the industry’s most prestigious and widely respected awards initiatives.  more
International Gemological Institute (IGI) Hong Kong certifies record-breaking, world’s largest colorless grown diamond
IGI Hong Kong reports that this week it certified what it believes is the world’s largest HPHT-grown colorless diamond, a 10.02 carat Square Emerald Cut. The stone was fashioned from a record-breaking, 32.26 Ct. piece of man-made rough, grown by St. Petersburg-headquartered New Diamond Technology LLC, in less than 300 hours.  more
WFDB Presidents Preparing to Discuss Critical Issues at 2015 Presidents Meeting in Tel Aviv
The presidents of World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) affiliated exchanges worldwide are making preparations ahead of the 2015 Presidents Meeting in Tel Aviv set to take place from June 14 to 16. WFDB President Ernie Blom says the bi-annual gathering of the presidents of the organization's 30 bourses will be one of the most important ever held in light of the issues facing the global diamond trade.
"Rarely have we had to deal with so many challenges and so it is critical that all the bourse presidents attend to present their particular perspective and to hear the input from their colleagues across the globe," Blom said. "At the WFDB, we are totally focused on the problems that our members are facing, and gatherings such as the June meeting present us with an ideal opportunity to discuss what moves we can take to try to resolve them satisfactorily.
"The shortage of industry financing and declining profitability is undoubtedly the most pressing issue that our members – who are the heart and soul of the diamond industry  more