• Nir Matalon, Managing Director of Malca-Amit Antwerp, an international logistics, security, customs and special operations firm for the luxury goods industry and international banks, and Director of Gem Lab Services Antwerp, which specializes in diamond and precious gem transport, is moving on after 21 years with the company. Matalon has been an integral part of the many transitions and expansion of the group's activities, as he explained in an exit interview.

  • The Antwerp World Diamond Centre Security Office has introduced a tool that offers the Antwerp Diamond Community the opportunity to register for a new notification mechanism using text messages, the Alert-SMS. The purpose of this notification system is to inform the community rapidly in case of a serious and ongoing emergency situation within the Antwerp Diamond Area, by means of a text message (SMS). This will allow the community to remain informed in case of an acute ADA security incident and if necessary, to receive immediate (evacuation) guidance.

  • Mining Weekly reports Debswana had planned to soon start the R42.7-million installation of ten upright, full-body Scannex X-ray scanners at four of its diamond mines, in Botswana, at security checkpoints at Jwaneng, four at Orapa and one each at the Letlhakane and Damtshaa mines. The company is still awaiting approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) of Botswana. Meanwhile, trade union the Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) heavily opposes the use of the scanners, citing health hazards or mineworkers, caused by radiation.


  • The American cash management and security company has several suitors for its operations in India, including Hitachi’s Prizm Payment Services, Thomas Cook India and Spain’s SIS Prosegur.

  • New York City police are continuing their search for two men who committed armed robbery on Tuesday in Manhattan’s Diamond District. The men robbed a luxury watch store in broad daylight, fleeing with more than $500,000 in jewelry and watches.

  • Social media can be a great way to reach clients and establish your brand, but using social media to your advantage without losing track of security may prove a challenge. To teach jewelers how to use social media, Jewelers Mutual’s is hosting a webinar this Friday.

  • Namibian diamond producer Namdeb says the theft of a 78-carat diamond at one of its laboratories two months ago was an inside job. The diamond went missing just a few days after it was mined and while it was being valued.