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Zimnisky: Hard to protect lab-diamond price as production methods, economics improve

Paul Zimnisky, an independent diamond industry analyst and consultant, said it will be very difficult for the lab-diamond manufactures to protect price as production processes and economics improve. He told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive...

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James Campbell: Scoping study results for SA’s Thorny River due mid-year

Botswana Diamonds appeared to have expended most of its energy and resources last year on the new Thorny River project in South Africa as its Sunland Minerals joint venture with Alrosa, in Botswana takes long to find diamonds despite significant effort...

16 april 2018

MGCJ founder Branko Deljanin: Production of synthetic diamonds is still larger than consumption

Founder and Chairman of the Mediterranean Gemmological and Jewellery Conference, MGJC, Branko Deljanin kindly agreed to answer questions from Rough&Polished related to synthetic diamonds and the upcoming 4th session MGJC in May in Budva, Montenegro.

09 april 2018

There is some magic in a diamond

Alexander Gorynya is a Director General of the St. Petersburg-based Kongo jewellery company. He is a Chairman of the Union of North-West Jewellers. In 1978, he graduated from the North-Western Extramural Polytechnic University. Since 1983, he worked...

02 april 2018

Looking for the Kimberley Process achieving further and meaningful sustainable progress

On March 7, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly welcomed the progress made by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme to break links between the diamond trade and conflict and adopted a consensus resolution aimed at intensifying that work aligning...

26 march 2018

Jewelry crime in U.S. on the rise in 2016

20 march 2017
Crime connected to jewelery industry rose 6 percent year-over-year in 2016 for the first time since 2012, the Jewelers Security Alliance study shows.
According to the report, the total number of crimes committed against U.S. jewelry firms and reported to the JSA last year was 1,245, compared with 1,177 in 2015.
This is the first time since 2012 that the number of jewelry industry crimes reported to the JSA has risen. The numbers overall still are relatively small though, JSA said, and industry crime remains well below what it was in decades past.
Outside of credit card fraud--only a fraction of which gets reported to the JSA, the most frequent type of crime perpetrated against jewelers last year was grab-and-run thefts. The number of grab-and-runs rose 40 percent year-over-year, from 301 in 2015 to 420 in 2016. The number of robberies fell from 231 in 2015 to 174 in 2016, a 25 percent decrease.
The number of attacks on traveling salespeople as well as crime against jewelers at their homes or other places outside their stores, fell to a total of 48 in 2016.

Theodor Lisovoy, Rough&Polished, Moscow

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