Ernest Blom
Vice Chairman

Born in 1947, Ernest (Ernie) Blom created Ernest Blom Diamonds, a polished diamond dealership. He obtained his rough dealing license in 1980 and a cutting license in 1986, when he set up Ernest Blom Diamond Cutting Works. He established B and E Diamond Enterprises in 1995, and was appointed a DTC sightholder that year. Mr. Blom became involved in the public life of the South African diamond and jewelry industries from his early days as a polisher, already serving as the youngest ever vice president of the South African Diamond Workers Union at the age of 24. He has served as chairman of the Rough Diamond Dealers Association of South Africa from 1980 to 2005, revolving chairman of the Diamond Bourse of South Africa from 1980 to 2007, as the revolving chairman of the Diamond Foundation of South Africa from 1985 to 2007, chairman of the Diamond Merchants Association South Africa from 1995 to 2003, chairman of the Diamond Training School in Johannesburg from 1996 to 1998, chairman of the Sectoral Partnership Fund from 2001 to 2004, chairman of the Jewellery Council of South Africa from 1998 to 2005, and chairman of the Diamond Dealers Club of South Africa from 2003 to date. Mr. Blom has been active in the international sphere as well. He was a founding member of the World Diamond Council in 2000. In 2002 he was elected vice president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses, and was elected its president at the World Diamond Congress in Tel Aviv in 2006 and served a two-year term. At the 33rd World Diamond Congress in Shanghai he was elected WFDB vice president, and was appointed an Honorary Lifetime President of the WFDB. He was re-elected to serve as WFDB president in 2012. The WFDB - and Ernie Blom – stood at the cradle of the World Diamond Mark Foundation. Blom is the deputy chairman of the World Diamond Mark Foundation.