Industry News

Dubai airport traffic climbs by 15.4 percent

Dubai International Airport, the world’s fourth busiest hub for international passengers and freight, has continued its double-digit traffic growth for the third consecutive month according to Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic in March 2012 reached 4,848,320, an increase of 15.4 percent compared to 4,201,708 during the corresponding month in 2011. March is the third consecutive month for Dubai International with passenger numbers exceeding the 4.5 million mark, propelling traffic in the first quarter to 14,261,606, a surge of 16.1 per cent over the same period last year. read more...


GIA launches G&G iPad app

Carlsbad, Calif.--The Gemological Institute of America announced this week that its peer-reviewed publication Gems & Gemology (G&G) is now available on the iPad. The iPad G&G application is a complement to the print version of the quarterly research journal and contains enhanced digital content, including app-exclusive gem-related videos and interviews with industry experts. The spring 2012 issue of G&G is the first that will be available in iPad app form. It features articles and digital content on a recently discovered emerald deposit in northern Brazil and a review of the properties and durability of coated, colorless cubic zirconia. In addition, there is coverage of the Tucson gem shows and the results of the Edward J. Gübelin Most Valuable Article awards. read more...

It is available for free on iTunes.


AGS Conclave: Supporting artisanal gem miners

Miami--ICA member and former ICA vice president, Edward Boehm, G.G., C.G., presented “From Mine to Market” at AGS Conclave, sharing with the audience his experience and knowledge of ruby and spinel mines in Myanmar, Tanzania and other overseas gem-producing countries. There are 47 primary colored gemstone producing countries in the world, Boehm said, with 80 percent of all colored gemstones coming from artisanal small-scale mining operations. Ninety percent of these operations are located in developing and emerging countries, coming with unique problems and providing opportunities for industry assistance--safer working conditions, sustainability and others. “A lot of these opportunities will be coming up soon,” Boehm said. “The best way to help is indirect means--education, water, teaching environmental sustainability.”


India's Trade in Gemstones and Gold Jewelry Shows Increase

Mumbai - The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) announced the trade and industry performance for the financial year 2011-2012 today. The Indian gem and jewelry industry has witnessed a marginal decline of 0.36% in FY 2011-­2012 owing to the decrease in trading exports of diamonds. Colored gemstone exports witnessed an increase of 9.10% in dollar terms with sector recording growth from US$ 314.20 million in 2010-2011 to US$ 342.80 million in 2011-2012, while the sector was primarily driven by gold jewelry which registered an increase of 30% in FY '12. read more...


True North Gems Launches Greenlandic and Danish Websites

True North Gems Greenland Ruby Crystals

Vancouver, British Columbia - True North Gems Inc. (the "Company") (TSX-V: TGX) has announced the launch of their new Greenlandic website:, as well as the introduction of a Danish website, These new websites will be updated regularly with the latest news related to the Aappaluttoq permitting process in both Greenlandic and Danish, purposefully building a valuable information resource center for the public as the Company moves forward into the final stages of permitting. read more...


2012 SMART Show in Chicago a Success

(CHICAGO, IL) The fourth annual SMART Jewelry Show ended yesterday after seeing strong buying and highest-ever attendance. "The vibe on the floor was exceptionally positive, and buyers were serious about doing business," said Jim Reed, show director. read more...

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