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WDC Welcomes UN General Assembly Resolution Calling for Reforms to Enhance Effectiveness of the Kimberley Process 

It was ratified by consensus by the members of the 193-member UNGA body.

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Hilde Hardeman, 2018 Chair of the Kimberley Process, addressing the United Nations General Assembly on March 1, 2019.

(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The World Diamond Council has welcomed the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on March 1, which calls for a strengthening of the Kimberley Process (KP), to more effectively sever the link between the illicit transaction of rough diamonds and armed conflict, thereby contributing to the maintenance of international peace and, in particular, security and sustainable development in artisanal diamond-mining regions. The resolution, which was proposed by the European Union (EU), was ratified by consensus by the members of the 193-member UNGA body.

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“We are most heartened by the adoption of the resolution by the UNGA, not only because it echoes the call for reform that we advocated together with civil society at the most recent KP Plenary Meeting in Brussels, but also because it was passed with the support of all United Nations member countries, including those in whose territories diamonds are mined, processed, traded and sold in jewelry,” said WDC President Stephane Fischler. “We strongly hope that this across-the-board commitment to the continuous improvement in the integrity of the global rough diamond supply chain by all these nations will be repeated in the Kimberley Process forum over the course of this year.”

The resolution passed during the United Nations General Assembly’s 73rd Session expressly referenced discussions taking place in the Kimberley Process’ Ad Hoc Committee on Review and Reform, which is examining proposals supported by the WDC. Among these are the strengthening of the KP’s peer review mechanism, the establishment of a permanent KP Secretariat, and the broadening of the scope of the Kimberley Process, which the WDC and civil society have insisted requires the expansion of the definition of “conflict diamonds,” to include all forms of systemic violence in the diamond-mining areas. The UNGA resolution noted “initiatives put forward by participants, as well as joint initiatives by industry and by civil society as elements of a strengthened Kimberley Process…”

Mr. Fischler emphasized the inexorable link that the UNGA resolution made between the conflict-prevention role of the Kimberley Process and the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. “It underscored our deeply-held belief that the KP’s role is not only defensive, but it is also proactive, in that it is a catalyst for creating societies with sustainable economic opportunities, where benefits are shared by all stakeholders, regardless of race or gender,” he stated.

“The industrialized diamond mining sector, which produces 85 percent of rough diamonds in terms of volume and 95 percent in terms of value, already invests hundreds of millions of dollars per annum, both directly and indirectly, in the development of economies and communities in the countries in which it is active. By eliminating the destabilizing factors that inherently exist in places plagued by systemic violence, a strengthened Kimberley Process will be a critical element in ensuring that similar contributions can take place in countries where artisanal mining is dominant. The diamond industry’s capacity to serve as a nation builder must come to be considered an integral part of the diamond’s value proposition,” Mr. Fischler said.

WDC President Stephane Fischler (right) and WDC Executive Director Marie-Chantal Kaninda (second from right) during the special EU-organized meeting examining the Kimberley Process, held on February 28, 2019, the day before the conflict diamond session of the UN General Assembly.

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The WDC President thanked the European Union for its efforts in formulating and ensuring the successful adoption of the UNGA resolution, and he expressed the WDC’s hope that the expressions of commitment articulated during the debate ahead of the vote on March 1 signals the increased participation by the international body in the work of the Kimberley Process.

On February 28, Mr. Fischler was a featured speaker during a special meeting organized by the EU as part of the UNGA’s 73rd Session, entitled “From blood diamonds to peace diamonds: conflict prevention through the Kimberley Process.” Noting the effectiveness of the KP in helping eliminate the trade in diamonds being used to finance civil war, he nonetheless said that the system has been ineffective to date in reducing other forms of systemic violence.

“I will be blunt,” the WDC President told the special meeting. “Thus far the KP has failed to properly stem the incidence of ‘systemic violence,’ nor to reduce the tenuousness of stability in artisanal mining communities and the lack of development opportunities. However, with the KP currently in the final year of its review and reform cycle, it today has a unique opportunity to prove its potential of relieving millions of artisanal miners and their families, of the predicament they currently face.”

“[I]t is up to the UN and the KP member states to assure the future relevance of the Kimberley Process,” Mr. Fischler continued. “Standing before this assembly today I can assure you of my colleague’s support in heeding the call of the millions of artisanal miners, their families and communities that they finally share the same security and opportunities enjoyed by other members of our diamond industry, and so be able to provide their own countries, which are often in dire need of long-term development, with a more sustained income.”

To download the full speech by the WDC President to the special UNGA meeting in New York on February 28, 2019, click here.

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Ritani Launches Groundbreaking “Virtual Shelf” Technology

It is to give independent jewelers immediate digital access to over 250,000 diamonds and jewelry pieces.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK, NY — Ritani, the vertically-integrated, technology-minded jewelry company has announced the launch of Virtual Shelf, a groundbreaking, white-label application and sales vehicle for retailers that reimagines how jewelers sell and customers shop for engagement rings, diamonds, and jewelry. Virtual Shelf tackles some of the industry’s toughest challenges – such as limited physical inventory and the high costs of managing transactions and technological innovations – by providing a digital inventory of over 250,000 diamonds and jewelry items along with full-service sales processing.

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The new platform takes life in the form of a user-friendly, jeweler branded iPad app that is used over the counter during the sales consultation. Virtual Shelf is designed to complement each retailer’s existing inventory by making available a digital inventory of hundreds of thousands of diamonds and jewelry items available for immediate purchasing. Should the customer choose to purchase a diamond or jewelry item from the Virtual Shelf, the retailer sets their margin and Ritani handles the entire back-end transaction for the jeweler, including fulfillment, credit card processing, fraud risk, and returns. In turn, the retailer immediately sees the transaction on their books. The customer receives the item quickly and safely via insured shipping.

In addition to the incredible selection of diamonds and jewelry made available by Ritani with Virtual Shelf, the program can also be used as a platform for jewelers to list and sell their own inventory of certified diamonds and jewelry to other program partner retailers; diamond owners can set cost/list prices and margins to better manage their inventory flow.

“The development of Virtual Shelf builds on Ritani’s steadfast dedication to helping independent jewelers implement new technologies to accelerate business,” said Josh Marion, general manager of Virtual Shelf by Ritani. “This platform stems from years of working closely with independent retailers and seeking to solve for the critical issues affecting their businesses; we believe it will have a visible and transformative impact.”

“While the industry has often been slow to implement new technology, the introduction of Ritani’s Virtual Shelf platform is a game-changer for independent jewelers like Padis and for our customers.” said Alexis Padis, president of Padis Jewelry, one of five stores in North America currently testing the system in its stores. “This app dramatically improves the sales process for our team, removes the overhead and headaches of managing the transaction, and gives customers access to more diamonds and jewelry from a centralized, nationwide repository. Plus, we are empowered to better manage our owned inventory and offer it to other jewelers on the platform so we can collectively better serve shoppers around the country.”

Ritani research has found that nearly two-thirds of people who enter a jewelry store looking for a diamond leave without making a purchase, most often due to higher prices and a limited in-store selection. By providing these small businesses with turnkey, digital access to an immediate inventory of certified, conflict-free diamonds and jewelry, Virtual Shelf empowers trusted community jewelers to offer the vast selection, competitive pricing, and modern service that was previously only available through online companies. Further, the partnership reaffirms Ritani’s significant investment in helping community jewelers grow their business using highly-coveted technological and educational tools that are typically cost-prohibitive.

Ritani will debut Virtual Shelf at the upcoming JCK Show in Las Vegas, interested retailers can learn more about the program and sign up for a one-on-one demonstration at www.virtualshelf.io.

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Rahaminov Diamonds Trademarks Movál

It’s recognized for its modified, elongated oval shape.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LOS ANGELES – Rahaminov Diamonds has announced it has been awarded the trademark to its signature Movál diamond by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Recognized for its modified, elongated oval shape and cut to specific proportions to maximize the stone’s beauty, life and brilliance, Movál has quickly become a highly requested mainstay in Rahaminov’s collection. The specialty cut diamond possesses many characteristics of a timeless marquise cut, with the soft curves of an oval. Each diamond is sculpted based on the unique features of the rough; no two Movál diamonds are alike, making each piece of jewelry one of a kind.

“For many of our retailers, Movál has become synonymous with our brand,” explained Melanie Goldfiner, Rahaminov’s director of brand development. “As a result, we felt our next step was to ensure our legal standing of the trademark to avoid future potential infringement.”

Movál was introduced into Rahaminov’s collection in 2016, with new pieces being introduced annually. The brand will showcase a new array of Movál pieces at their upcoming exhibit at LUXURY and JCK in Salon 622. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Melanie Goldfiner at Melanie@rahaminov.com.

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Uneek Designer Benjamin Javaheri Wins 4 New Awards

The new awards round up the 21st industry accolade for Uneek Jewelry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LOS ANGELES – Uneek Jewelry’s Founder & Designer, Benjamin Javaheri continues his remarkable winning streak as INSTORE Design Awards recognizes his artistry and creativity with 4 new accolades.

The new awards round up the 21st industry accolade for Uneek Jewelry. “I feel blessed! It’s quite an experience having the industry notice my work. It’s both encouraging and inspiring for all of us here at Uneek! This fuels our passion to continuously do more, push beyond limits and take on technical challenges to innovate and create aesthetically pleasing, heirloom-worthy jewelry pieces”, says Javaheri.


The roster is top billed by the ring Benjamin calls “Le Pur Et Simple” which is a true beauty in its simple, uncomplicated and unpretentious details. It receives First in the Engagement/Wedding Jewelry Over $5,000 Category. The Engagement Ring features French-pave split shank 18k white gold setting with a 5-carat certified cushion-cut white diamond center from the company’s popular Signature Collection.


The Retailers’ Choice Award for the Colored Stone Over $10,000 Category goes to “The Rio Elbaite Necklace”. The 18k White Gold Pendant Necklace is a tribute to its Brazilian heritage for its Indicolite Tourmaline Center and the celebration that is, El Grande Brasil! A spectrum of greens and blues make the 9ct. center dance to its own tune dazzled by the kite and shield-shaped diamonds.


And last but not the least, two awards are bestowed on “The Jaxson Bleu Ring” which garners both The Retailers’ Choice Award for Platinum Category and Third in Platinum Jewelry Category. This one-of-a-kind Sapphire and Diamond Platinum Piece is a celebration ring too close to home, a design inspired by the birth of Benjamin’s first son. The ring features an 8 carat Royal Blue Oval Sapphire perched atop 4.54 cttw. oval diamond eternity band. The oval diamonds appear like floating ovals on the finger and are intentionally comfortable and low profile due to its buttercup setting.

See these award-winning pieces and other outstanding UNEEK designs on display at salon LUX1221 of the Luxury/JCK Shows, May 29th to June 3rd.

For more information and other styles from Uneek’s Fine Jewelry Collection, please e‐ mail info@uneekjewelry.com or call (1‐888) BE‐UNEEK.

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