A unique, brand new CD-Rom titled 'DIAMONDS: Treatments, Synthetics
and Simulants', created and produced by the Diamond Trading Company,
is now available to buy exclusively from Gem-A, the Gemmolgical
Association of Great Britain, for $ 36 ($23.50). This essential
tool for gemmologists and diamond specialists was launched simultaneously
at the AGTA Show, Tucson, USA, and Spring Fair 2004, Birmingham,
''Our CD-Rom provides a definitive
guide on maintaing the integrity of diamonds in the new age of
treatments and synthetics,'' said Gem-A 's Chief Executive Terry
Davidson, '' Gemmologists and dimond specialists can now get in
a sinle diska unique multimedia presentation on the challenges
facing the diamond in dustry today. lt provides a tremendous training
resource and reference guide that cannot be surpassed.''
The CD-Rom contains animated graphics, videos and over 250 slides
to provide details on the very latest gemmological advamces relating
(high pressure, high temperature) grown synthetics
(chemical vapour deposition) synthetics
and internal laser drilling
Those using the CD-Rom can explore in
greater depth by clicking on references to key technical papers,
wall charts and review articles from leading journals.
its second international auction, held from January 26 to March
4 , ALROSA sold 18,500 carats of diamonds, worth more than USD
18 million. on the whole,97 lost of diamonds were sold. The company
sold large diamonds that were over 50 carats each, the largest
of which weighed over 649 carats. The Finance Ministry' s expert
commission however did not evaluate the traded precious stones
as "unique. " 38 Russian and foreign companies took
part in the quction, which was organised in conjunction with the
Diamond Chamber. Meanwhile, Severalmaz OJSC.a subsidiary of ALROSA.
has launched and priced a USD 100 million Credit - Linked Note
(CLN). which has attracted strong interest from some of the world's
largest investors. with Asia and the United Kingdom taking the
lion's share, followed by Russia and Switzerland.
The CLN will be used to develop mining
activity in the Lomonsov diamond deposit in Arkangeisk region
of Russia, which is estimated to by the largest diamond field
in Europe with reserves of around 365 million tons - worth USD
12 billion. the development of the Lomonosov deposit is a key
step in further strengthening ALROSA's global market position.
The first ore will be processed towasds the end of 2004, with
a major ore processing plant capable of handling 5.6 million tons
of ore each year due for completion in 2008.
of loose diamonds has been discovered at a distance of a score
of kilometers from Murmansk, a major Russian city on the Kola
Peninsula north of the Arctic Peninsula north of the Arctic
Circle according to an ltar- Tass report. Geological survey
expedition members from Murmansk who were looking for sources
of potable water in the vicinity of the city unexpectedly foud
diamonds in a
bore specimen extracted from a 50 meter - deep well. "lt
was a surprise but also a fact. We really foud loose diamonds
that are not characteristic of the kola Peninsula but are of
industrial value. This is an uncommon find for the kola Peninsula,"
the expedition's chief hydrogeologist Galona Melekhova told
ltar-Tass. "We would certainly be happy to find the diamond
pipe from which loose dimonds may have come. but there are no
allocations from the federal budget for the continuation of
the exploration," she said.
collection of Faberge eggs, purchased from the Forbes family in
February, will be touring Russia beginning in May.
The tour will begin the Kremlin, where a collection of 10 Imperial
Faberge eggs,the world' s largest, already sits. The collection
will also be shown in Moscow and the State Hermitage Museum in
St.Petersburg. From st. Petersburg. the eggs will go to Yekaterinburg.
the Russian imperial family was executed in 1918. When he purcgased
the eggs. Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg said Yekaterinburg
would be logical for a display because czar Nicholas ll and the
Empress Alexandra, to whom he gave the prized Coronation Egg,
were executed there.
Malcolm S. Forbes, the late publisher
and editor of Foorbes magazine, collected the eggs from the 1960s
until his death in 1990,The eggs and other choice piecs from the
collection, including stine carvings,gold cigatte cases. and gem-studded
picture frames, will remain on display at sotheby's New York galleries
before Vekselbergreturns the collection to Russia.
first DVD in the International Colored Gemstone Association's
(ICA) much-anticipated documentary series "In Puruit of Precious
Stones" has been produced and is now ready for distribution.
The series. produced by ICA in cooperation with renowned French
gemologist Patrick Voillot, will consist of four DVDs. each with
three full, hour-long documentaries that mix a serious scientific
approach with high adventure and no small amount of danger, as
the viewer is taken to the magical places where rare coloured
gemstones are found.
visits a different country, centres arond a particular gemstone
from that area, and exposes the viewer to some of the most isolated,
forgotten corners of the planet,
has English and French soundtracks, making it an ideal coloured
gemstone primer throughout the U.S and Canada. In Europe, the
DVD will also feature soundtrack in Spanish, Italian and German.
Never dry or technical, the series shows the intrepid Voillot
climbing down mud holes in Mogok, Burma, in search of rubies,
and trekking across dangerous glaciers in the mountains of Kashmir.
In search of sapphires, he takes the viewer deep into the fascinating
and seldom-seen world of the international gem dealer, showing
secret mine locations, cutting and poloshing operations, and the
gemstone markets and distribution channels from country to country
only is ICA 's "In Pursuit of Precious Stones" series
an exciting world trvelogue and introduction to the exciting international
world of coloured gemstones, but it will make an ideal sales tool
for retailers who want to add some sizzle to the steak by conveying
to their clients not just the rarity and value of coloured gemstones,
but their inherent beauty, excitement and romance. Realising their
entertainment as well as educational value, several national and
public television stations have expressed an interest in broadcasting
these programs to their mass audiences.
DVD features sapphires from Kashmir; giant crystals and imperial
topaz from Brazil; and tourmalines of Madagascar, including sapphires
from the fabulous Illakaka mines. Programs on the upcoming DVDs
in ICA 's series include: Ruby from Burma; Emerald from Colombia;
Moonstone & Sapphires from Srilanka; Jade from Guatemala;
Aquamarine from Pakistan; Ametrine from Bolivia; Tanzanite from
Tanzania; Opal from Australia; and coloured Diamonds from Guinea.
task is the promotion of coloured gemstones downstream, among
retailers and ultimately among jewellery consumers," Jean
Claude Michelou, an ICA executive committee member of Colombia,
stated. "This project is a giant step forward and emphasises
our organisation's endeavour to become the major promotional engine
for the coloured gemstone trade."
Heavily in Hall 6 for National Pavilions
world 2004, ti be held from April 15-22, will open with a brand
new hall added to its already sprawling exhibittion complex. Hall
6, the Hall of Universe, which was specially built for this event,
will house the Country Pavilions. The restructuring of Basel World
actually began about three years ago and is now complete. Last
year's failed experiment led to the abandoning of the One Show,
Two Locations concept and the organisers have spent heavily to
invest in creating a splendid new show ground for the national
|1. Mr.Rene' Kamn,CEO MCH Swiss
2. From left : Mr. Nandor von der Leuhe,President of Swiss
Thai Chamber of Commerce and Agent for the Thailand Pavilions
in Hall 6 at BaselWorld 2004, Ms,Sylvie
Sengelin Ritter, Show Director and Mr. Martin Fergusson
,Sales Director of BaselWorld
3. BaselWorld 's Hall
new restructured Basel World features stands positioned to reflect
the structure of the market. This realignment was deemed necessary
because of the overlap of watch and jewellery beands in recent
years. Earlier, it used to be that watches and jewellery typically
came from different houses but now the distinction is blurred.
So you have jewellers like Harry Winston and Van Cleef & Arpels
producing watches that are excuses to put diamonds and jewellery
on the left wrist and you have watch brands like Swatch and Omega
that have launched their own jewellery lines. It therefore became
necessary to create a distinction between the two.
This initiative has actually safeguarded
BaselWorld 's position as the guaranteed premium quality meeting
ground for the watch and jeweelery world. As perhaps the world's
most important international show for brands, especially in the
premium and prestige ends and more so for watches, BaselWorld
is the premier showcase for the industry and with the luxury goods
sector still remaining buoyant even in an otherwise economically
lacklustre year,it is even more relevant to the market of today.
This year, in keeping with its streamlined structure,
BaselWorld is moving its Media Centre to a central location on
Messeplatz, where visitors can find a wide selection of daily
papers, trade journals and magazines along with full background
information on the publications presented. For the first time
visitors will be able to benefit from the facilities of this conveniently
located Media Centre during and after the visit to the show.
With the inclusion of the
new Hall of Universe, which covers 28,000 square metres, BaselWorld
is now expanded to a full 160,000 square metres of space that
will host 2,100 exhibitors, many of whom exhibit exclusively at
this show and 80,000 visitors from all over the world making it
the biggest watch and jewellery show ever.