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13October 2020

WDC Newsletter

YOUNG DIAMANTAIRES LOOK TO CREATE A DIAMOND-POWERED RENAISSANCE Students in class at the Renaissance Secondary School in Musina, South Africa. The school, which serves an underprivileged area in the mining town, is now being supported by the Young Diamantaires, a group established by the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), a WDC member. (Photo courtesy of De Beers) In 2016, Rami Baron was sitting in a board meeting of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), when he realized that, other than himself, [...]

13October 2020

WDC Newsletter

“Women of the Diamond Industry” focuses on the issue of gender equality along the entire diamond and jewelry supply chain. The series provides a platform for women in the industry to tell their own story and describe the particular challenges they have faced in their careers. The third article in the series is authored by Polina Proksheva, a geophysicist employed by ALROSA, the Russian diamond mining company. DREAMING BIG AND MAKING IT HAPPEN AT 30 DEGREES BELOW CELSIUS Polina Proksheva [...]

13October 2020

WDC Newsletter

ALTHOUGH FALSE KP CERTIFICATES ARE RARE, INDUSTRY CAUTION IS STILL RECOMMENDED Mark Van Bockstael By Mark Van Bockstael Chair, KP Working Group of Diamond Experts Chairman, WDC Technical Committee Several times a year, with uncanny regularity, the international diamond trade receives alerts from the Kimberley Process (KP) about yet another false certificate that has been encountered, and for which it is asked to practice enhanced vigilance. Together with the mostly negative media coverage such news generates, many diamantaires wonder whether the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) [...]

13October 2020

WDC Newsletter

MARKING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF A YEAR THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF THE DIAMOND INDUSTRY ABOVE: Kimberley (left), the northwestern South African city closely associated with the diamond mining industry, which was the location of the founding of the Kimberley Process in May 2000, and Antwerp (right), the venue of  the World Diamond Congress in July 2000, at which was established the World Diamond Council. The year 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of two seminal events in the history of the diamond industry, both of them associated [...]

13October 2020

WDC Newsletter

2020, THE YEAR IN WHICH EVERYTHING CHANGED Dear members and friends, It’s that time of the year again. The WDC Annual General Meeting is just around the corner, on Monday, October 19, 2020, and so much has changed since last year, both personally and collectively. If I quickly look back to October 2019, I was still working at the offices of my former employer, Rubel & Ménasché, in the heart of Paris’ exclusive jewelry district. At the time I represented them in the WDC, and also in the Young Diamantaires’ group, [...]

20July 2020

WDC Newsletter

With the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the imposition of lockdowns in most countries, the WDC called on its members to contribute blogs describing that they were experiencing in their own organizations and households, and how they viewed the impact of the global pandemic. Yoram Dvash Member of the WDC Board of Directors President, Israel Diamond Exchange Our huge trading hall, which is usually teeming with activity, is now fairly empty because of restrictions that allow only 100 people access at [...]

20July 2020

WDC Newsletter

JEWELRY COMPANY'S CENTENNIAL COMMITMENT LOOKS TO ADDRESS MEGA-CHALLENGES OF RESOURCE SCARCITY, AND CLIMATE, DEMOGRAPHIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE Following the outbreak of  COVID-19, Chow Tai Fook donated three ambulances to hospitals and clinics in Wuhan, the initial epicenter of the pandemic, which is a city where the company operates extensive manufacturing and logistics facilities. A long-time member of the World Diamond Council, the Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group is one of the world's largest jewelry companies, with a workforce of about 30,000. It [...]

20July 2020

WDC Newsletter

“Women of the Diamond Industry” focuses on the issue of gender equality along the entire diamond and jewelry supply chain. The series provides a platform for women in the industry to tell their own story and describe the particular challenges they have faced in their careers. The second article in the series is authored by Esther Finda Kandeh, National Coordinator of Women in Mining & Extractive Sierra Leone. Esther Finda Kandeh, National Coordinator of Women in Mining & Extractive [...]