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The world’s prime marketplace for diamonds, gems & pearls

The 6th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show (26 February – 2 March 2019) gathers the finest in the global jewellery industry, showcasing top quality stones, pearls and raw materials in Hong Kong. Continue reading…

Pneuma: Questions & Answers Part 3

By Michael Pneuma

Could you give us some financial stats regarding the implications of locally manufacturing as opposed to Importation?

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#PlatAfrica 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 19th annual PlatAfrica 2018 jewellery design and manufacturing competition were announced last night during a theatre production style award ceremony hosted by the company at the Theatre on the Track in Kyalami. The competition was presented in association with Platinum Guild International (PGI) India and Metal Concentrators. Continue reading…

Jewellers’ Network and WPO

This journey started with Skills Train and WPO Plant a Forest campaign in June 2018.

We managed to successfully plant 30 trees at the WPO Plant a Forest Site, Klein River Cheese Farm, Stanford. This is something we are incredibly proud of as our social responsibility program. Continue reading…

PlatAfrica 2018 – Own the future

Don’t miss your chance to purchase some of the most unique, once-off platinum jewellery pieces, from South Africa’s most talented and up-and-coming jewellery designers.

PlatAfrica 2018 pieces are available now!

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Gemvision – Pirated Software

Dear Members

Please click here to view a letter which I received from Gemvision, the jewellery software developers of Matrix, Countersketch, RhinoGold & MatrixGold Essentials. It seems that there are many jewellers that are using Gemvision pirated software. They have advised that they will take bold action within South Africa, to eliminate the illegal use of their product. This includes raids.

Please ensure that your software is licensed or there will be serious consequences.


Lorna Lloyd
Chief Executive Officer

Freedom to create is an application away

Nontando Molefe, founder of Phatsima Jewellery Designs, has found that having her new permit has brought her freedom and hope for the future of her business.

“Applying for the Jeweller’s Permit has always been a huge hurdle as it appears to be so complicated. Having applied for my permit through the MetCon Permit drive I received good advice and assistance which helped a great deal. Continue reading…

LAELIM and IGC Disclose a Diamond’s Full Journey with GIA M2M

First retailer in China to participate

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Oct. 18, 2018 – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) announced that Chinese retailer LAELIM Jewelry and Belgian diamond manufacturer IGC Group will pilot GIA’s M2M program that allows for complete transparency and traceability of diamonds along the value chain. This is one of the first instances where a manufacturer and retailer implemented the M2M program in partnership.  Continue reading…

Top 20 PlatAfrica 2018 finalists announced


The 19th Annual PlatAfrica 2018 jewellery design and manufacture competition continues to be at the forefront of discovering the country’s talent. The competition has continued to enjoy the support of previous entrants throughout the years. Following a record number of entries, the entries have now been shortlisted to the top 10 for both professional and student & apprentice finalists. Continue reading…

Jeweller’s Permits now: “A walk in the park”

So says Western Cape jeweller, and owner of Auriu Manufacturing Jewellers, Ilonka Doyle.

Her previous five-year permit took 14 “frustrating” months to receive and required several visits to the Gauteng based SADPMR, where she was also based at the time. This left her with great animosity when it came around to applying for a new permit in mid 2017. Sadly, her concerns were validated when that application was rejected due to incomplete paperwork.

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62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

Success at 62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair with Record Sales
MoC Promotes Thai SMEs, Reinforcing Position as Regional Gems & Jewelry Hub

The 62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair experienced overwhelming success with Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) revealing that sales at the fair totaled 2,389.74 million baht, exceeding the initial target. Buyers worldwide expressed interest and admiration for jewelry made by up-and-coming brands as well as Thai SMEs, generating immediate sales and opportunities to become trade partners in the future. Continue reading…

4 Pneuma Youth contestants make the PlatAfrica Finals

2 Ladies, 1 Gent & 1 Deaf Gent Make the PlatAfrica Finals

Out of a total of 140 entries and 20 finalists, our students have excelled – we are very proud to announce that they achieved highest number of finalists by company in the prestigious PlatAfrica-2018 event. The 4 contestants who made the PlatAfrica Finals are Bhekubaba Tembe, Bokang Naile, Julian Roux, and Puleng Tsotetsi, their work shown from left to right. Continue reading…

The 62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong (middle), Minister of Commerce of Thailand, Mrs. Nuntawan Sakuntanaga (second from right), Permanent Secretary and Mrs. Chantira Jimreivat Vivatrat (second from left), Director General of Department of International Trade Promotion presided over the 62nd edition of the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) Opening Ceremony, under the theme of “Heritage & Craftsmanship” which highlights Thailand’s cultural heritage and the exquisite craftsmanship of Thai artisans that are internationally renowned.

The 62nd BGJF is expected to welcome over 20,000 buyers and visitors from countries across the globe and boost the country’s gems and jewelry exports. The 62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair takes place from September 7 to 11, 2018 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani

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Cape Watch

Cape Watch is ranking #1 with their latest tools & technology offering at this year’s Jewellex!

Once again Tennille Hoge and her team are pulling out all the stops for Jewellex 2018. Great new additions to their technology range are a 3D printer and Laser cutting engraving machines, Welders and more. All being demonstrated by the international manufacturers and experts on their stand! Continue reading…

Questions & Answers part 2

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De Beers Enterprise Development Project for Diamond Beneficiators (South Africa)

By Kealeboga Pule – Nungu Diamonds

JCK Las Vegas & New York, June/ July 2018

Under the banner of the beneficiation project and with the support of De Beers, myself (Kealeboga Pule) and fellow project members Molefi Letsiki, Jo Mathole and Khomotso Ramodipa attended the 2018 JCK show held in Las Vegas – one of the world’s biggest diamond and jewellery trade fairs. Continue reading…

Jeweller’s Permit Drive 2018 – The Jewellers’ Story

After her initial attempt to secure a jeweller’s permit followed an unsuccessful and all too familiar path, Ronel Bauermeister of Topiary and Ashe reached out to MetCon for advice.

“I tried a couple of years back to get a licence for my new company, but was bogged down by the amount of paperwork. Some of my original papers got lost during the postal strikes and then I just gave up for the time being. Continue reading…

Applying for a Permit…an absolute dream

“The process of my application through MetCon was an absolute dream. From start to finish, it took 2 months. MetCon kept in touch with all the documentation and developments.”

The MetCon Jewellers’ Permit Drive 2018 is making a difference for jewellery manufacturers of all ages and backgrounds across South Africa. Continue reading…

The countdown to SARCDA Christmas 2018 is on!

SARCDA Christmas is SARCDA’s flagship exhibition and the 2018 edition of the exhibition takes place in August.

According to SARCDA Exhibitions MD, Teresia Stander, some 10 000 VIP buyers are expected to travel to the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg between 23 and 26 August 2018 to visit the stands of more than 400 exhibitors that will be participating in this year’s exhibition. Continue reading…

3-Night Hotel Sponsorship for Visiting the World’s Largest Timepiece Event

  • More than 800 worldwide exhibitors
  • Free business matching services
  • Free excursion tour (5 September)
  • Over 150 international watch brands
  • Complimentary access to VIP Lounge
  • Invitation to Networking Events

Please visit the fair websites for complete brand & exhibitor lists:

Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair:
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