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VIDEO: Forevermark discusses ethical diamond practices

VIDEO: Forevermark discusses ethical diamond practices

A representative from diamond jewellery brand Forevermark joined Positive Luxury’s ‘Positive Week’ to discuss the benefits of being a brand that cares in the luxury industry. During the event, which was designed to promote ethical practices in business, head of communications for Forevermark, Jo Blake, participated in a debate with Daniella Vega, head of sustainability at


Graff acquires largest diamond discovered in over a century

The largest diamond discovered in over a century has been sold to Laurence Graff after more than a year of negotiations with Lucara Diamond Corp. The rough stone originally failed to sell at Sotheby’s in June 2016, but has now been scooped behind closed doors to the diamond billionaire for $53 million (£39.3m). At 1,109


De Beers partners with UN to advance gender equality

The De Beers Group has announced a three-year partnership with UN Women to accelerate the advancement of women across its organisation, in its diamond producing countries and in its marketing. As a UN Women partner, De Beers has committed to achieving parity in the appointment of women and men into senior leadership roles, investing in

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Diamond Insight Report highlights changing face of the female consumer

New research published today by the De Beers Group in its latest Diamond Insight Report reveals that shifting relationship dynamics, women’s expanding roles in society and changing perceptions of femininity are creating new motivations for diamond jewellery acquisitions. Social and economic changes are leading to expanded symbolism for diamond jewellery, record levels of self-purchase and


Mine rescue operation “impossible to continue,” declares Alrosa

Diamond mining group Alrosa has called off its search and rescue operation for eight workers at its Mir deposit in Yakutia, Russia. The search for the workers began on August 4 when Mir’s underground section flooded and continued 24 hours a day for three weeks. On Saturday, August 26, a sudden rush of water entered

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De Beers makes largest investment in diamond marketing since 2008

De Beers Group has announced it will invest more than $140 million (£107m) in marketing this year – its biggest spend since 2008. The increased investment will be focused on generating further consumer demand for diamond jewellery in the leading markets globally, with the greatest spend targeted in the US, China and India. While the


Marcia Lanyon announces retirement plans

Marcia Lanyon, founder of wholesale coloured gemstone company, has announced she will be retiring from the company at the end of the year. Lanyon started her career in London’s Hatton Garden, working for the gemstone dealer George Lindley Ltd and becoming responsible for stock and grading gemstones. In the evenings she studied for her Fellowship of the Gemmological Association, which


Rio Tinto unveils its largest ever red diamond

Rio Tinto has unveiled its largest fancy red diamond in the history of its Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, which is also the second biggest stone of this colour to ever be discovered. During a world exclusive preview in New York, Rio Tinto showcased the rare 2.11carat, polished radiant cut diamond, known as The Argyle Everglow.


Petra Diamonds reports record production and revenue levels

Petra Diamonds has revealed a production and revenue increase for the year ended 30 June 2017. In its Trading Update ahead of its preliminary results for the year, Petra has reported a 8% increase in production to four million carats, while revenue is up 11% for $477 (£366m). Both of these growths represent record levels