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Bain & Company’s seventh annual Global Diamond Report says rough diamond players will likely raise their marketing spending by around 50 percent over previous years to promote diamonds.
 

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De Beers and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) are holding talks about potential cooperationin De Beers’ recently announced blockchain platform.
                                  

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The American Gem Society (AGS) says that  Katherine Bodoh will be the new CEO, taking over on March 1 from current CEO, Ruth Batson, who is retiring.

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Mark Gershburg, the CEO and founder of Gemological Science International (GSI), has announced that he will no longer be a director of the U.S. Kimberley Process Authority (USKPA).

The USKPA is a trade association that works closely with the U.S. government to prevent the infiltration of conflict diamonds into legitimate trade.

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HRD Antwerp will start offering bilingual diamond grading reports, with the first available in English/Korean and English/Chinese from February 1, 2017.

The announcement was made as part of an economic mission to South Korea (Seoul) and China (Shanghai), presided over by Antwerp's Mayor Bart De Wever. 

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The first day of the Kimberley Process Intersessional Meeting in Perth on May 1 was disrupted by the Chinese delegation which opposed the presence of the Taiwanese group.

Australia complained to China's ambassador to the country following the disruption, which was described by one attendee as "extraordinary".

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The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) International Tender Center (ITC) will hold Gem Diamonds’ first tender of high-quality Letšeng productionoutside of Antwerp.

The lots will include large, high-value rough diamonds (+10.80 carat) from the Letšeng mine in Lesotho.

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Sarine Technologies Ltd said its Sarine Profile digital diamond report will be rolled out across China by Soo Kee Group Ltd under the Love & Co. brand for its Lovemarque diamond collection. Love & Co. is the bridal brand of Singapore Exchange Mainboard-listed Soo Kee Group Ltd.

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The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has strongly refuted accusations made by Global Witness earlier today regarding three shipments of diamonds from Zimbabwe which were traded in Antwerp between December 2013 and September 2014.

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The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), a DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) platform, today announced the keynote speakers and subjects to be discussed at the third edition of its biennial two-day Dubai Diamond Conference 2017 ('DDC 2017') under the theme ‘Destination Next – Shaping the future of an interconnected marketplace’.

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