DCLA History, our background

The Spark of Confidence

Founders

The Cohen Family

Bruce Cohen comes from a family with many generations in the diamond industry. He took lead of the family in the trade in the 1970's in Johannesburg South Africa, and continues in Australia.

Michael Cohen is the eldest of two sons. During the 1980’s, he served an apprenticeship as a diamond polisher, cleaver and marker for a major DeBeers sightholder. In the 1990's Michael established offices in Kimberly, Wolmaranstad and diamond cutting works in Johannesburg, South Africa, from where the family produced polished diamonds and traded in rough and polished diamonds around the globe.

Roy Cohen, the younger of the two brothers, worked for the Anglo American Corporation for several years before joining the family business in the 90’s. His was active in the trading of rough diamonds and developing mining interests in the Kimberly area of South Africa and other African countries.

Establishing the Laboratory

The DCLA was born out of the need to bring the International Diamond Council (IDC) standard to Australia. After immigrating to Australia in 2001 and studying the Australian market, the Cohens realised that the IDC standard, which until then was only available in Antwerp, South Africa and Germany could be a real asset to the Australian diamond and jewellery market.

It was out of this need that the DCLA was founded.

Mr. Les Milner, the head of the Jewellery Council Laboratory was instrumental in the planning and infrastructure of the DCLA and brought years of experience to the equation.

Laboratory Expansion & Growth

DCLA continues to grow and expand its profile, and reach around Australia and indeed the world.

The DCLA certificate is widely recognised as the Australian benchmark, and one of the most accurate and consistent grading laboratories worldwide.

The DCLA has a bright future, and together with the dealers and jewellers will continue to protect the Australian market by protecting the Australian consumer.

DCLA can do all of this by being the most proficient state of the art laboratory in Australia, and the only laboratory that provides a full guarantee of its work.

DCLA Today

The DCLA remains at the forefront of technical ability and knowledge.

Providing the consumer with the assurance, and the trade with the confidence, that they are buying or selling the quality stated.

DCLA certificates will continue to protect the integrity in the trade by protecting the consumer first.

 

latest news

Monday 12 June, 2017

GEM DIAMONDS FINDS TWO LARGE ROCKS AT FLAGSHIP MINE IN LESOTHO

Africa focused Gem Diamonds has discovered two diamonds bigger than 100 carats at its Letšeng mine in Lesotho, which should help the company boost revenue and investors confidence.

Tuesday 6 June, 2017

KIMBERLEY DIAMONDS CLOSES ITS LAST MINE

Controversial Australia-based miner Kimberley Diamonds has put its last remaining diamond mine into administration after it failed to secure fresh funding.

Monday 5 June, 2017

DE BEERS GOES TO COURT OVER SOUTH AFRICA EXPORT LEVY

De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is reportedly appealing to the Pretoria High Court in South Africa to set aside a decision by the South African Minister of Minerals Mosebenzi Zwane requiring DBCM to pay a levy on diamonds exported from South Africa to Botswana for the purpose of aggregation.

Thursday 18 May, 2017

DE BEERS TAPS INTO POLISHED DIAMONDS MARKET WITH FIRST-TIME AUCTION

Anglo American’s De Beers, the world’s largest rough diamond producer by value, has decided to begin selling its own polished diamonds in auctions for the first time in its history.

Wednesday 17 May, 2017

SOTHEBY'S SELLS THE APOLLO AND ARTEMIS DIAMONDS FOR £44.9 MILLION

Wednesday 10 May, 2017

US WOBBLE TAKES SHINE OFF PANDORA SALES

Pandora reported strong growth in the first quarter, but US store closures and sluggish mall traffic dented its performance stateside.

Sunday 7 May, 2017

IMPORTANT ADVICE ON HOW TO SELL YOUR DIAMONDS

If you are you considering selling your diamond, but feel as though you have no idea how or where to begin with the process?