JNA Awards 2017 now accepting entries
The JNA Awards, one of the world’s most prestigious awards in the jewellery and gemstone industry, is now calling for entries for its sixth edition. Organised by JNA, the annual JNA Awards is set to further advance and propel Asia’s jewellery and gemstonesector by recognising and honouring companies and individualsthat have exhibitedinnovation, excellence, best business practices and outstanding business performance. There is no fee to enter the prestigious international award. Qualified companies and individuals, including past entrants,from around the  more
The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of The De Beers Group of Companies, today unveiled its next generation automated melee screening instrument. The AMS2 will provide diamantaires with a more efficient and cost-effective diamond verification technology solution for melee-sized diamonds. Around 10-times faster than its predecessor and with a substantially reduced referral rate, the AMS2 has the ability to process smaller sizes and all shapes of polished diamonds.
It will cost US$45,000, cheaper than the first generation AMS. Available from June 2017, the new device will be unveiled at this week’s International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show in Hong Kong. The AMS2 was developed by De Beers’ in-house research and development team, which also created the broader suite of diamond verification technology sold by IIDGR, including DiamondView™, DiamondSure™ and PhosView™. Jonathan Kendall, President of IIDGR, said: “The AMS2 is the most technologically-advanced, efficient and cost-effective melee diamond verification instrument available. Its industry-leading low referral rate has significant economic benefits to users, greatly reducing the need for additional and costly secondary testing.   more
BrilliANT - 9th ADTF: January 28-30, 2018
Less than a week after the successful conclusion of the eighth edition of BrilliAnt - the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair, the Organizing Committee announced the dates for the next edition: January 28-30, 2018. "Both visitors and exhibitors need to be able to plan ahead," said Committee member Michel Nasielski. "Buyers' groups and industry organisations that coordinate overseas buying trips for retail jewellers are currently setting their agendas. They would serve their members well by including BrilliAnt - the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair into their itineraries!"   more
HRD Antwerp launches M Screen+
Superfast Automated Melee Screening Device
In an exclusive with the New Jeweller bureau Edith Castus, Head of Marketing & Communication of HRD Antwerp opines on the current market situation, consumer confidence and the potential threat of synthetic diamonds. Excerpts:

The global Diamond Industr y has been facing a downturn especially in the lasttwo years because of various factors such as price volatility, economic uncertainties, etc. What according to you does the future hold for the Industry and will it bounce back in the near future to remain profitable and lucrative business for the next generation to come?   more