The grading & certification lab HRD Antwerp is gearing up for a major restructuring with a fresh vision on the future. Its parent company, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), has approved the revitalization strategy proposed by HRD’s new CEO Ellen Joncheere, who was hired a month ago to turn the company around and appears ready to take the bull by the horns. “HRD Antwerp urgently needs to adapt to a changing environment if it is going to grow," she says.
Over the past two weeks, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and the University of Antwerp welcomed 22 students from 10 different countries and 3 continents to the third edition of its summer school program, “From Mine to Finger: A deep dive in the world of diamonds” As AWDC CEO Ari Epstein explained regarding the motivation behind the summer university, “If we do not reach out to the younger generation, we run the risk of losing those very qualities that set Antwerp apart: forward-thinking, innovation and creativity.
HRD Antwerp, Europe’s leading reference for diamond and gemology education, diamond certification and grading, this summer (June 3-7) is launching a course in Rough Diamond Management and Production Control. The course will introduce the business concepts required to acquire and trade rough diamonds, foremost among which are various techniques for determining the value of rough stones, the key component at the basis of any career in rough diamond trading and management.
The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has developed an illustrated booklet, “Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide for Artisanal Miners,” to help small-scale miners learn more about the quality and classification of the gems they recover, and ultimately to obtain greater market value. As Russel Shor explains, the two pilot projects GIA initiated with Pact, a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental development organization with offices in Tanzania, are having an impact on these miners' lives.
This week, a group of nine government officials from four African diamond-producing countries (Cameroon, Congo Braza, Cote D'Ivoire, Guinea) embarked on a ten-day training course in Antwerp, furthering their knowledge of rough-diamond evaluation and valuation. The course, called the "KP Technical Assistance Valuation Program", originates from the commitment of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), which coordinates requests for Technical Assistance on behalf of the Administrative Support Mechanism (ASM) in the framework of the KP.
On the sidelines of the Kimberley Process Intersessional taking place this week in Antwerp, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate their common objectives of improving the image, professionalization and marketing of African diamonds.
The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of De Beers Group, has announced it will launch two of its diamond education courses in Simplified Chinese, helping students in one of the largest and fastest growing markets for diamond jewellery to enhance their knowledge of the industry, De Beers announced in a press release. The online Diamond Foundation Course, which was launched last year and is the industry’s first to cover the full diamond pipeline, will be available in Simplified Chinese from 1 March, with the Polished Diamond Grading Course to be translate
On September 19, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) President and CEO Susan Jacques announced the opening of GIA’s Tokyo campus at a ceremony attended by several industry leaders. Beginning in November, the new GIA campus in Tokyo will offer the Diamond Essentials Intensive and Diamond Grading Lab classes in Japanese.
This week, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and the University of Antwerp hosted an “Innovation and Diamonds” conference at the Antwerp Diamond Bourse, featuring specialists from across the entire spectrum of the diamond trade, from mining to blockchain tech.
On September 1, Russia celebrated the Day of Knowledge, a state holiday and traditional beginning of the school year for students. This year ALROSA has helped to prepare for school more than 1,100 first-graders of Mirny district. In total, ALROSA will spend RUB 220 million (about $4 mln) for charitable assistance to educational institutions in 2017. The company presented gift school sets and conducted local charity events, where they provided support to schools and material aid to multi-child families with schoolchildren.
The University of Antwerp and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, together with the Belgian Federation of Diamond Bourses and the Syndicate of the Belgian Diamond Industry (SBD) this morning kicked off a two-week summer school program - "From Mine to Finger: A deep dive into the world of Diamonds".
The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of De Beers Group, today announced the launch of a world-first Synthetic Diamond Detection training course. It is the first in a series of education services to be rolled out during 2017, according to a press release. The two-day lab-based course will be unveiled in the U.S. towards the end of the JCK Jewelry show in Las Vegas on 8 and 9 June, and in India at the IIDGR Facility in Surat on 15 and 16 May.
Bulgari, an LVMH-owned jeweler and watchmaker, announced the opening of its new jewelry manufacturing facility in Valenza, Italy, a mere 18 months since the foundation stone was laid. It is one of the largest expansions of Bulgari’s exclusive “made in Italy” manufacturing network. Bulgari strategically chose Valenza, famous for its goldsmith history and the Cascina dell’Orefice (est. 1817), as the location for the new site, which they expect to create an additional 300 jobs by 2020.
The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of The De Beers Group of Companies, has appointed independent digital agency Ridgeway to produce a new online education experience to share and disseminate the company’s industry knowledge to interested parties, reports Professional Jeweler. Ridgeway will develop an e-learning hub to provide educational courses on various topics. The plans will be unveiled at a launch event in April 2017, with the intention to have 1,000 students by the middle of 2018.
The Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses has announced an information session on "Disclosure of Synthetic, Treated Natural and Natural Diamonds" to be held on September 29 at the Antwerp Diamond Bourse. The forum will cover the legal framework regarding the disclosure obligation of bourse members, as well as technical information on detection of synthetics, featuring speakers from: HRD Antwerp, GIA and Forevermark/IIDGR/De Beers, followed by a question & answer session.
The University of Alberta in Canada, possessing "probably the biggest asembly of highly specialized diamond research equipment in the world" according to Graham Pearson, the school's principal investigator and Canada Excellence Chair in Arctic Resources, wants to train the next generation of diamond hunters. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council has announced an investment of $1.65 million over the next six years to create a new Diamond Exploration Research and Training School (DERTS). Canad
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) is looking for a new chief executive. The current interim CEO, Nick Jones, was taken on by the Gem-A council last October to steer the organization through the fourth quarter and to guide the recruitment process for a permanent chief executive the departure of James Riley, who was suspended in June 2015.
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) together with the Diamond Industry Fund (Fonds voor de Diamantnijverheid) gifted three high-tech diamond processing machines worth over $40,000 to the Municipal Lyceum in Antwerp. The Lyceum is the only school in Europe that offers a training program in diamond polishing techniques. Specifically, the donation includes a machine that provides feedback on on the surface quality and geometry of a diamond, one that assists the polisher with alignment and a third that semi-automatically polishes diamonds into round and fancy shapes.
The FEEG said it is launching the new website in a bid to raise knowledge of its qualification and to enhance cooperation between centers across Europe.
The Louisiana Department of Education has approved the Diamond Council of America’s Beginning and Advanced Jewelry Sales courses for use in the state’s high schools. As a result, Louisiana high school students will be able to choose jewelry sales as a formal study option and gain knowledge and skills to help them gain jobs with jewelry retailers.
Lab-grown diamonds versus naturally mined stones, issues concerning diamond grading reports, marketing to Millennials, using social media to increase sales, improving profitability, and identifying the latest jewelry fashion trends are among the panel discussions to be held at Jewelers of America New York summer show on July 26 and 27.
Plenty of independent jewelry stores are family operations, but what happens when a founder’s vision gets passed on to his or her children and future generations? JCK Magazine identifies six college and university programs offering academic courses on family business.
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) will hold its annual international conference on November 21 and 22, 2015 at the at The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in Marylebone, London. Gem-A will also co-host the 18th International Federation of European Education in Gemmology (FEEG) Symposium in conjunction with the conference.
JCK has unveiled a TED Talks–inspired educational program to arm retailers with the tools, insight, and information needed to succeed in the current era of retailing. The program—set for Thursday, May 28 (one day before the start of the JCK show) at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino—will feature executives from HubSpot, the Edge Retail Academy, De Beers, Adorn Insight, and Wheels Up as speakers.
The Israeli diamond industry today announced that the recent establishment of a subsidized diamond manufacturing facility near Ramat Gan, providing a work environment and equipment for up to 100 polishers, is the first step in a plan to bring back polishing activity to Israel. The idea is to offer IDE members, especially small and medium sized companies, the ability to polish their rough diamonds in Israel, at prices competitive with or even cheaper than offshore locations. The facility also houses an academy to train new polishers, especially the younger generations.