New Screening Service for Manufacturers Operating in SEEPZ by IGI

Screenings to determine the origin of diamond inventory for manufacturers operating out of SEEPZ (Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone) in Mumbai in order to ensure only natural diamonds are part of merchandise offered to consumers are to be offered by the International Gemological Institute (IGI).

IGI is the only full-fledged laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment for diamond and diamond jewelry grading to introduce this type of screening for mounted diamond jewelry and loose stones in SEEPZ, the lab said.

New Commercial Polished Diamond/Synthetic Detector Launched by ALROSA in Russia

ALROSA is launching its first national commercial device for the identification of natural and synthetic polished diamonds – the ALROSA Diamond Inspector.

"The company expects that its relatively low price and high accuracy will allow the detector to be in demand both in Russia and abroad. It will help fight unscrupulous suppliers who mix synthetic stones grown in the laboratory with diamonds of natural origin."

Successful 2017 Leads Forevermark to Enter Major European Markets

De Beers has announced that its Forevermark diamond brand will enter the German market after signing with an exclusive licensee partner, and is also in advanced-stage discussions with potential partners in France and Italy.

The expansion into new European markets comes on the back of a successful global performance throughout 2017 and in 2018 to date, the company said.

Idar-Oberstein Bourse Again Hosts WFDB Presidents and Spouses at ExCo Meeting

By Albert Robinson

WFDB Communications and Media Consultant

It was a cold and rainy night as I arrived at the Park Hotel in Idar-Oberstein on March 10. But that was in stark contrast to the warmth of the greeting from Dieter Hahn and bourse President Jochen Muller the following day as they welcomed me, and the WFDB Presidents taking part in the WFDB Executive Committee meeting, hosted once more by the German Diamond and Gemstone Bourse.

Registration Opens for Bharat Diamond Week at Bharat Diamond Bourse

Registration has opened for participation in the first-ever edition of the Bharat Diamond Week at the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) in Mumbai, India.

The BDB expects thousands of visitors from India and abroad to take part in the April 23-25 international diamond week. The BDB said that 200 Indian companies will be exhibiting polished diamonds to buyers from across the world.

Organizers of 61st Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair: Record Figures Achieved

The 61st Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair held from February 21-25 attracted visitors from 113 countries with the top five visiting nations being India, Myanmar, China, USA and Russia, the organizers reported.

Antwerp Diamond Bodies Partnering With CARAT+ 2018 Show

CARAT+ has announced a partnership with the Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses (FDBD) and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) for the second edition of the show from May 6-8.

IDE: International Tender Center Beat Expectations for First Year

The International Tender Center (ITC) opened by the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) in February 2017 has succeeded beyond expectations during its first year of activity, the IDE said.

As a result, the IDE says that the center will be expanded later this year to include a venue for live auctions.