Diamonds & Gemstones articles

NAJ confirms UK’s position on diamond terminology amid media storm

NAJ confirms UK’s position on diamond terminology amid media storm

The National Association of Jewellers has spoken out about its position on diamond terminology, follow recent publicity on the Federal Trade Commission’s adjustments in the US. Last month the FTC removed the word “natural” from its definition of diamond. In practice, this change enables lab-grown firms to claim their stones at 100% diamond, but they must


De Beers Group enters deal to acquire Peregrine Diamonds

De Beers Group has confirmed that its Canadian mining business, De Beers Canada, has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding securities of Peregrine Diamonds. Peregrine, the owner of high-quality Chidliak diamond resource, is located in Canada’s Nunavut Territory and had a purchase price of C$0.24 (£0.13) per share, for a total

Gems of the World adds new lustre to sales team

Pearl jewellery specialists Gems of the World (Europe) Limited has added lustre to its global sales team with new managerial appointments. The pearl jewellery manufacturer has welcomed Benjamin Caplan and Gary Djanogly to its expanding global sales team. Between them they bring more than 40 years of jewellery knowledge and customer service experience. Caplan has

Victoria McKay resigns from chief operating officer role at London Diamond Bourse

Victoria McKay has decided to step down from her position as chief operating officer of the London Diamond Bourse. Following six years in the role, McKay has handed in her notice. London Diamond Bourse president, Alan Cohen, shares: “It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude today that we announce Victoria McKay has given

Ethical Gem Fair returns to London after inaugural success

Due to the success of the inaugural Ethical Gem Fair earlier this year, the trade event will be returning to London next month. A collaborative partnership between three of the UK’s leading ethically sourced gemstone suppliers – Stuart Pool (Nineteen48), Kathy Chappell (Fair Trade Gemstones) and Ian Bone (Capricorn Gems-Queensland, Australia), the Ethical Gem Fair

INTERVIEW: Diamond Producers Association chief exec on the need for a diamond terminology guideline

Nine leading diamond industry organisations have joined forces to produce a diamond terminology guideline to help encourage full, fair and effective use of a clear and accessible definition for diamonds, synthetics diamonds and imitations of diamonds by all sector bodies, organisations and traders. Together with leading diamond industry organisations (AWDC, CIBJO, DPA, GJEPC, IDI, IDMA,

INTERVIEW: De Beers sheds light on its move into machine-made diamond jewellery

While De Beers has been busy showcasing its Lightbox Jewellery brand to the trade at the JCK show in Las Vegas, Professional Jeweller managed to catch up with the company’s executive vice-president of corporate affairs, David Prager, and Sally Morrison, who is heading up the lab-grown fashion jewellery brand, to find out a bit more

GET TO KNOW: The lab-grown diamond brand De Beers is launching to market

A quick look on Professional Jeweller’s Twitter feed at any point in the day yesterday revealed members of the jewellery industry were only talking about one thing – the De Beers Group’s move into machine-made diamonds. Headlines in the media included: “De Beers admits defeat over man-made diamonds”; “De Beers has scorned lab-made diamonds for

OPINION: What does De Beers expanding into lab-grown diamond jewellery mean for the industry?

Cred Jewellery director, Alan Frampton, shares his thoughts on the announcement that the De Beers Group has now launched into lab-grown diamonds jewellery. Words by Alan Frampton After years investing in lab-grown diamond production De Beers have entered the market. They knew this was coming. In 2012 when the Oppenheimer family sold their interest in