Prospects, a blog from BHP

Yes, it’s kind of promoting competition, but a new blog has been launched by BHP. The  new blog – PROSPECTS – was launched almost two months ago (yes, I have been busy working on already late reports). The blog may be visited at: bhpbilliton.com/prospects.

BHP Billiton launched Prospects, a blog series, to provide insights on global trends relevant to our business and our stakeholders.

The blog will offer views on economics, commodities outlook and individual markets, and broader issues such as policy, governance and our social contribution.

Prospects provides an avenue to contribute to debates that are important to BHP Billiton. It will also feature interactive information profiling each of the Company’s commodities, geographic markets and market segments by industry and use.

The first two Prospects topics available today are “Does China have too much debt?” and “Electric vehicles – why all the noise?” are written by Vice President of Analysis and Economics, Dr Huw McKay, based in Singapore.

(http://www.bhpbilliton.com/investors/news/bhp-billiton-launches-prospects-blog)

Hope you find it useful.

CIBJO Diamond Commission Special Report (synthetics and inclusion mapping technologies)

CIBJO released a Diamond Commission Special Report (SEPTEMBER 7, 2016). The report (cibjo-special-report-2016-diamond-commission) discusses two important developments:

  1. Synthetic diamonds. The report reiterates standards introduced by CIBJO to clearly distinguish between natural and man-made gems. These essentially were adopted (in general) by the International Standards Organisation in 2015, when it released ISO International Standard 18323 (specifies a set of permitted descriptors for the diamond industry that are designed to be understood by the consumer).
  2. Scanning technologies, created in recent years, enable rough dealers to accurately map the internal inclusions in a stone. The report discuss the ethical implications of such technologies.

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, describes itself as the “United Nations of the jewellery business,”. It represents the interests of all individuals, organisations and companies earning their livelihoods from jewellery, gemstones and precious metals. It is the oldest international organization in jewellery sector, having originally been established in 1926.

With its membership made up largely by national jewellery trade organizations from more than 40 countries around the world, CIBJO covers the entire jewellery, gemstone and precious metals sectors vertically, from mine to marketplace, and horizontally within each of the component sectors in the various production, manufacturing and trading centres. Most of the international jewellery sector’s leading corporations and service providers are also affiliated to CIBJO through commercial membership.