• HRD Antwerp has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Damiani Group, the leading company in the Italian manufacturing and trade sector of jewelry and high level luxury watches. “The fact that Damiani has chosen HRD Antwerp as its preferred supplier for diamond certification holds significant weight within the jewelry industry and greatly contributes to promoting the Antwerp Diamond Heritage throughout the world,” said Marc Descheemaecker, an Independent Member of the HRD Antwerp Board of Directors.

  • The National Jeweler reports EGL USA is now issuing grading reports under the GHI brand name as it continues to work to distance itself from the EGL International brand, which has been damaged by accusations of over-grading. EGL USA is not affiliated with EGL International, and has been waiting in vain for a federal court to rule in favor of blocking entry of  EGL reports into the United States, EGL USA executive manager Jakubovic commented in an interview with the National Jeweler.  Jakubovic added the removal of all EGL certificates from Rapnet "was a big issue" for EGL USA.

  • Mazars Switzerland announced in a press release its certification as an auditor by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). This accreditation allows Mazars to offer its expertise as an RJC-accredited auditor and to further connect with other companies looking to join or already affiliated with this international non-profit organization.

  • Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announce that the following members have achieved Certification by meeting the highest ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards as established by the RJC:

    AMC NV, Eloquence Corporation, Zuri Star BVBA, Hockley Mint Ltd, Laser Service Srl Unipersonale and PAMP S.A. (Chain-of-Custody).

  • The dispute between the Eurogem (EGL International) lab in Israel and the EGL worldwide network has been resolved with CEO Guy Benhamou announcing that the laboratory will be ending its operations as an EGL laboratory as of April 2.

  • The Modern Manufacturing Center, set up by Israel's main diamond sector bodies, has awarded certificates to the first five polishing course graduates.

  • The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) will later this month launch a Japanese-language version of its online distance learning certificates. The launch will take place at the January 21-24 International Jewellery Tokyo show.

  • With the closure of EGL International and a restructuring of the international EGL network, EGL USA clarifies that it does not have any connection with the labs.

  • Rapaport Group Chairman Martin Rapaport publishes editorial 'Honest Grading' that speaks about the alleged over-grading of more than 100,000 diamonds with a value of in excess of $1 billion.

  • Gemological Science International (GSI) opened a lab in Surat due to the increased demand for GSI certification. GSI was established in 2005 in New York City and has offices in the U.S., Israel, Belgium and India.

  • The Gemological Institute of America has suspended its sealing service and launched an investigation following the detection of a sealed diamond with a mismatched report.

  • Patricia Syvrud, founder and president of Joia Consulting, has been named as World Diamond Council Executive Director.

  • More than 75% of RJC members, 400 out of 532, are now Certified Members under the RJC Code of Practice, which means they have achieved high standards in terms of ethical and responsible business practices.

  • Diamond “grower” Ila Technologies has acquired ISO Certification. The Singapore-based company is one of a few of its kind to have both the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004.

  • The GIA is implementing a new, lower-cost fee structure for Quality Assurance (QA) services.

  • The Responsible Jewellery Council and the Alliance for Responsible Mining approved the Fairmined Standard v.2.0 under the RJC chain-of-custody program for precious metals. The goal of the standard was to come to a definition, which encourages artisanal and small-scale miners to become certified.

  • Mitch Jakubovic, Director of EGL USA, releases statement responding to the removal of EGL from the RapNet listing.