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AS YEAR ENDS FOR REGION’S DIAMOND AND JEWELRY TRADE, BUYERS HEAD FOR JMA HONG KONG, LAST MAJOR SHOW OF 2019

JMA Hong Kong, the final major Asian trade show of 2019, which takes place for the 27th
time right at the start of the traditional Western holiday shopping season and about three
weeks before the beginning of the Chinese New Year, has become the focus of a great deal
of attention this year, in part because of the political turmoil currently bubbling in the Asian
business capital.

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ALROSA REPORTS DISCOVERY OF 232-CARAT GEM-QUALITY ROUGH DIAMOND

Alrosa, the state-controlled Russian diamond mining company that currently is the world’s leading diamond producer by output, has reported the discovery of a very large rough diamond, weighing more than 232 carats. The company says that it is largest gem-quality rough diamond found in more than three years.

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DIAMOND AND JEWELRY INDUSTRY ETHICS INCREASINGLY LINKED TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

Expected standards of ethical behavior are increasingly becoming linked to a number of international ethical protocols, which also are applied in other business sectors, writes Tiffany Stevens, President of the CIBJO Ethics Commission in a recently published special report. Ms. Stevens is also President and CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the chief legal body representing the U.S. jewelry sector.

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OCTOBER IS AWASH IN PINK

October, it appears, will be remembered as a month that is awash in pink. Sotheby’s magnificent Jewels and Jaedite sale proved to be all that it hoped to be, when its top lot, when a Type IIa fancy -pink diamond weighing 10.64 carats in an 18-karat white and rose gold ring with trapeze diamonds sold for $19.9 million.

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SEEING FLUORESCENT DIAMONDS IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT

Fluorescence has long been a subject of debate in the diamond industry. Relating to a phenomenon that is evident in about 25 percent to 35 percent of stones, it relates to visible light being emitted by certain diamonds when heir atoms are excited by an external light source.

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