There are numerous diamond industry resources available to consumers who want to learn more about diamonds and the diamond industry.
Adiamondisforever.com is an information source on diamonds and is sponsored by the Diamond Trading Company, the world’s leading diamond sales and marketing company. Combining promotion with education, adiamondisforever.com exists to help build interest in diamonds among consumers, as well as helping their confidence in the diamond buying process. Adiamondisforever.com does not sell any jewelry featured on the site, as the pieces shown are provided by many different manufacturers across the United States.
Founded in 1996, AGS Laboratories is one of the leading diamond grading laboratories in the jewelry industry. The laboratory issues the Diamond Quality™ Document (DQD), the first report to ever grade on diamond cut, the Diamond Quality™ Report (DQR) and the Diamond Consultation™ (DC).
American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is an association of United States and Canadian natural colored gemstone and Cultured Pearl industry professionals dedicated to promoting the natural colored gemstone trade The association pursues its aims through the combined use of educational programs, industry events, industry relations and publicity to the trade and consumer; while maintaining the highest ethical standards among its members and within the industry.
The De Beers Group’s Diamond Trading Company (DTC), based in London, sorts, values and currently sells about two thirds of the world’s annual supply of rough diamonds. Over the last 60 years, De Beers has also undertaken the advertising and promotion of diamond jewellery around the world. This has brought benefits to diamond producers, manufacturers, retail jewellers and, ultimately, the consumer.
Established in 1931, Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the world’s largest and most respected nonprofit institute of gemological research and learning. Conceived more than seven decades ago in the tradition of Europe’s most venerated institutes, GIA discovers (through GIA Research), imparts (through GIA Education), and applies (through the GIA Gem Laboratory and GIA Gem Instruments) gemological knowledge to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry. With nearly 900 employees, the Institute’s scientists, diamond graders, and educators are regarded, collectively, as the world’s foremost authority in gemology.
International Diamond Exchange Online (IDEX Online) is an innovative diamond and jewelry trading environment linking diamond merchants and jewelers around the world. As a pioneering online diamond exchange and information provider, IDEX offers everything from breaking news to in-depth analysis, from provocative commentary on the diamond industry to business resources. From mining to retailing, offline and online, IDEX wishes to serve the entire diamond and jewelry community.
Jewelers’ Circular Keystone (JCK) is the jewelry industry’s leading trade publication. JCK’s origins date back 131 years to the original Jewelers’ Circular magazine, which merged with the Jewelers’ Keystone in the early thirties. Over the years JCK’s editors have won many awards for outstanding journalism and integrity. JCK serves retailers, manufacturers, and vendors of fine jewelry and selected upscale gift categories, providing valuable market and design trend information and how-to information about gemology, financial management, employee relations, marketing, advertising, and visual merchandising, e-commerce, and other topics.
The Kimberley Process is an international initiative aimed at breaking the link between legitimate trade in diamonds and conflict diamonds. The Kimberley Process was launched in May 2000 in the city of Kimberley, South Africa. It started out as a consultative process, later becoming a negotiating process which culminated in the adoption of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). The KPCS sets an international benchmark for national certification schemes to be implemented by each Participant country through national legislation.
Rapaport Diamond Trade Network – provides Consumer Resources; public forums, find a jeweler, appraiser, and much more, Trade Center; trade only forum, directories, and services, Index; internet diamond exchange, and Connections; jewelry related web-sites.