Capping out an unusually challenging year, both unprecedented and unanticipated

What left its indelible mark on 2022 was the war in Ukraine, which had begun on February 24, when coincidentally the leadership of the WDC was gathered together in Dubai, where the Board of Directors had met just three days earlier.

Digging Down into the Kimberley Process: Review and Report Process

The explicit reference to a Review and Reform Process in KP’s Core Document is of particular significance, because it represents recognition that the KPCS is a work in progress, and it will need to adapt and evolve according to current conditions.

Reaching for the stars, in the universe, on Earth and in business

The ninth article in the Women in the Diamond Industry series is authored by Dr. Adriana Lauren Traviati, the founder and owner of the Saphira jewelry company in Melbourne, Australia, a geoscientist who fulfilled her dream in the diamond industry.

Bringing people together: not just in business, but as a community

We are a community, with common interests, ethics and principles, despite the long distances that may separate us, writes Chris Zoettl Jr. “My goal in serving the younger members of the diamond industry is to nurture this community, enabling each one of us to appreciate that we are part of something greater than ourselves.”

The World Diamond Council welcomes five new members

The new members are the Choron Group, the International Gemological Institute, Rosy Blue, Saphira and Synova.

WDC’s 2022 AGM in Antwerp, Belgium, October 17, 2022

Attendees at the AGM received reports from WDC President Edward Asscher, WDC Executive Director Elodie Daguzan and WDC Treasurer Ronnie VanderLinden. The keynote address, which considered the current state of the diamond market, was delivered by industry analyst, Edahn Golan.

WDC release 15-11-2021

WDC proposal helps break impasse, allowing for successful conclusion to 2022 KP Plenary

The 2022 Kimberley Process Meeting ended successfully in the early hours of November 5, after a compromise proposal offered by the World Diamond Council managed to break an impasse that could have prevented the gathering dispersing without issuing a Final Communiqué.

WDC President Edward Asscher addresses the opening of the 2022 Kimberley Process Plenary

With the KP about to mark the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in January 2003, it is important that the international forum not rest on the laurels of its early successes, the WDC President told the Opening Session of the 2022 KP Plenary in Gaborone, Botswana, on November 1, 2022.
The 2022 KP Plenary was expected to approve a new Ad Hoc Committee to oversee the next Review and Reform Cycle, which is undertaken every five years. The conflict diamonds definition, which has remained unchanged since 2003 and applies only to rough diamonds financing civil war, will be at key item on its agenda, Edward Asscher said.

Reform of Kimberley Process essential to ensure relevance, WDC President tells Opening Session of 2022 KP Plenary

If the Kimberley Process (KP) does not adopt the reforms necessary to ensure that its rough certification scheme remains relevant in a changed world, natural diamonds could lose relevance with the new generations of socially conscious diamond consumers, said WDC President Edward Asscher, in his address yesterday to the Opening Session of the KP Plenary in Gaborone, Botswana.