ICA Newsletter - October 2019
Countdown for the ICA Bangkok Congress
BANGKOK – Presentations and panel discussions with over 50 international highly acclaimed speakers, the ICA Congress, Bangkok, Thailand, looks to be the most important industry event of the year!

S eptember Fair Delivers Better-Than-Expected Results

HONG KONG – More serious buying activity, better-quality visitor traffic and exclusive industry events were among the highlights of the September Hong Kong Jewelry & Gem Fair.

The seven-day jewelry and gemstone marketplace opened its doors on September 16 at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), where a wide selection of diamonds, colored gemstones and pearls was showcased until September 20.

Finished jewelry collections, packaging solutions, tools and equipment, and industry-related technologies were presented at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) section of the fair from September 18 to 22 ...
Glowing opportunities in the
coloured gem sector
Business prospects abound in the coloured gemstone industry, thanks to sustained consumer interest in classic favourites such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds, as well as promising new gem choices ...
New Mineral Named for Famed Gemologist John Koivula

Johnkoivulaite, discovered in Myanmar, is a member of the beryl family

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Sept. 17, 2019 – GIA researchers recently confirmed a new mineral species, johnkoivulaite, named in honor of GIA researcher John Koivula. The 1.16 ct crystal – accepted by the International Mineralogical Association as a new mineral species – was found in the Mogok Valley of Myanmar by local gemologist Nay Myo. GIA Senior Research Scientist Aaron Palke will present the newly-named mineral at the Geological Society of America (GSA) conference .. .
Women miners: Exploring Zambia’s coloured gemstone industry

ZAMBIA’S artisanal and small-scale mining industry has been growing with some of the country’s gemstones such as emeralds being among the best in the world.

The industry contributes largely to the country’s gross domestic product attracting 60 percent women participation to the sector.

This is why the Ministry of Gender is glad to work with and promote local organisations such as the Association of Zambian Women in Mining (AZWIM) for sustained growth of the industry ...
Recovery of 20.08 carat Type IIb blue diamond at Cullinan Diamond Mine

Petra Diamonds Limited is pleased to confirm that it has recovered an exceptional 20.08 carat blue gem quality Type IIb diamond from the Cullinan Diamond Mine ...
CIBJO Releases Special Report on Responsible Sourcing

The report “defines a universally agreed-to set of recommended responsible sourcing principles”

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has released a special report for the jewellery industry on responsible sourcing. The Responsible Sourcing Blue Book, according to IDEX Online, “defines a universally agreed-to set of recommended responsible sourcing principles” for all members of the jewelry industry ...
A rare and impressive fancy colored diamond and diamond ring,
Van Cleef & Arpels

Sold for US$ 2,540,075 inc. premium ...
Lapis Lazuli: Composition and Color

Lapis lazuli is a blue metamorphic rock that has been used by people as a gemstone, sculpting material, and ornamental material for thousands of years ...
Emerald Mining Association Advocates Mini Auctions For Zambians

The Emerald and Semi Precious Stones Mining Association of Zambia (ESMAZ) has called on all emerald producing companies to consider holding mini auction sales for local cutters.

ESMAZ president Victor Kalesha said Zambians are unable to compete on the major auction sales and that they should be given an opportunity to buy what they can afford at their own mini auctions.

“We have of late seen that Zambians are coming up in value addition to our gemstones but unfortunately, they are unable to compete on the major auctions sales ...
Chaumet takes to the heavenly skies with its latest high jewellery collection

Pointillist painters Henri-Edmond Cross and Paul Signac rendered the sky’s changing colours with small but bold touches of orange, mauve, pink, blue and yellow.

For its latest high jewellery collection, Chaumet similarly evokes the sky’s many moods – from bright, sunny days to thunderous heavens with stormy clouds or a night sky lit by stars – as well as the birds that soar across the skies, using a rich treasure trove of gemstones ...
Richemont Acquires Luxury Jeweler, Buccellati

Luxury goods holding company, Richemont, said Friday that it has acquired 100% of Buccellati, the renowned Italian high jewelry house, in a private transaction with Chinese investment company, Gangtai Group Corp., for an undisclosed price ...
Tanzania's ruling party orders reinforcement of inspection of rare
Tanzanite gemstone

DAR ES SALAAM, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) --A top official of Tanzania's ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), on Saturday ordered relevant authorities to install a screening machine to reinforce inspection of Tanzanite, a rare gemstone, at its mining area in Manyara region.

Humphrey Polepole, CCM Ideology and Publicity Secretary, directed the Ministry of Minerals to ensure that the screening machine was installed at the Tanzanite mining location to reinforce the protection of the gemstone, found only in the east African nation.

"The screening machine should be installed at the main gate to the Tanzanite mining site ...