Diamond Industry

Press Release: GAA Awards It’s First Diploma in Gemmology (Diamonds)

June 11th, 2009

Ronnie Bauer, the current Federal Chairman of the GAA has just been awarded the Association’s only Diploma in Gemmology (Diamonds). At the same time he also was awarded the Association’s accredited Diploma in Gemmology and Diploma in Gemmology (valuations). “I feel very honoured to be the first and currently the only recipient of the Diploma in Gemmology (Diamonds).” Said Ronnie, “ But that’s it! At 53 I don’t want to do any more exams.” That statement however was short lived. Ronnie revealed in the next breath that he has enrolled in the GAA’s jewellery sketching and design courses.

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Diamond Certificates – It’s All About Marketing

May 28th, 2009

In the May issue of the trade publication Jeweller, Anthony Bates of SGTL (Auscert) sounds off about local vs international labs. In the article, he states that he got a call from a retailer who perceived Auscert’s certificates to be inferior to those produced overseas. He then goes on to counter the retailer’s claim and explain why local labs such as Auscert are actually superior to those overseas.
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Lowest Diamond Prices in Years???!!!

May 7th, 2009

From early 2007 till mid-2008, the Australian dollar was riding high – at one point it nearly reached parity with the US dollar. At that time, many in the industry, including myself thought that diamond prices in Australian dollars were at their lowest point in years.
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DCLA Certificates Now $20 (For Diamonds with Auscerts)

March 18th, 2009

According to a good source of mine, DCLA is now offering their certificates for stupidly low $20 – provided the diamond has already been certified by Auscert.
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Proper Care for GIA and AGS Certificates

November 2nd, 2008

One thing that amazes me about diamond vendors in Australia is that lack any respect for GIA or AGS certificates, or any overseas certificate for that matter. By certificate, I mean the actual paper, that in the case of it being lost, stolen or damaged means that the actual diamond needs to be sent back to the lab overseas.
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Clarification on New GIA Report Numbers Beginning With 21 and 51

September 27th, 2008

We’ve just received clarification from GIA that new report numbers beginning with 21 and 51 will be available on the online report check on October 1st.
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Diamonds, Discounting, MP3 Players, Replacement and More!

September 8th, 2008

Whilst I wouldn’t say spam is a huge problem in our inbox, we do get our fair share of spam (about 10-20 messages per day). Most of it is deleted straight away, but about once a month, someone from China sends a spam email trying to sell their latest electronic gadget.
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The Diamond Geezer Steps Into The Dragons’ Den

August 3rd, 2008

Last week, Dragons’ Den, the BBC show which lets budding entrepreneurs pitch their business and/or ideas to investors, featured British jeweller Clive Billings from diamondgeezer.com.
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Diamonds From Antwerp!

August 3rd, 2008

“We buy our diamonds direct from the cutter in Antwerp” is a popular tagline these days in the retail industry. However, is Antwerp really the biggest and best place to buy diamonds?
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10 Ways Diamond Certification Labs Can Improve Their Services & Marketing

April 24th, 2008

With larger overseas labs such a the GIA taking the lion’s share of the certified diamond market, it can be hard for smaller or localised labs to compete. However, there are a number of small labs, including those in Australia that do an excellent job of certification, yet are ignored by consumers and the trade alike.
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