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Ali Pastorini: Selling just the idea of glamour is no longer enough

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of DEL LIMA JEWERLY and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together approximately 1000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

21 may 2018

Diamonds are shifting from occasional to daily wear

Joy Alukkas started his first jewellery showroom in UAE in the year 1987, and today the Joyalukkas Group is a multi-billion global conglomerate with varied business interests. Beginning with a single jewellery room in Abu Dhabi, Joy Alukkas has grown...

14 may 2018

GJC has played a crucial role in the last 10 years in improving the compliance level in the industry

Coming from a renowned family of jewellers based in Akola, Maharashtra, Nitin Khandelwal heads Khandelwal Jewellers (Akola) Pvt Ltd. He has interests in the Plastic industry, Real estate, Health & Recreation and Cold storage industries as well...

07 may 2018

Johnson: ASM diamond sector a potential new source of supply for De Beers

De Beers recently said that it is planning to pilot a programme called GemFair that will create a “secure and transparent route” to market for ethically-sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds. GemFair would partner with the Diamond...

03 may 2018

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...

23 april 2018

RJC held its 2017 AGM in Germany and elects its new Vice-Chair

19 may 2017
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the global standards-setting and certification organisation for the entire jewellery supply chain, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Pforzheim, Germany. During the meeting the RJC membership elected Mr Didier Theraulaz (Piaget) as its new Vice-chairman of the Board and re- elected Ms. Feriel Zerouki (De Beers Group) as Honorary Treasurer.
RJC members also elected to the Board Peter Karakchiev (Public Joint Stock Company ALROSA), Stephen Lussier (De Beers Group), Alok Kumbhat (Jewelex India Pvt Ltd, Diamond division), Philipp Reisert (C. Hafner GmbH + Co. KG), Larry Drummond (Metalor Technologies SA), Thomas Puzone (Vacheron Constantin), Mark Hanna (Richline Group, Inc.), Eric de Rocquigny (Van Cleef & Arpels), Boaz Lev (Gem Lab Services), Marijke Achten (HRD Antwerp) and Michaël Geelhand de Merxemn (Antwerp World Diamond Centre) representing their respective fora.
Following the AGM, RJC hosted an open discussion with a selection of panelists from the jewellery pipeline. The panel discussion focused on the new EU Regulation on Conflict Minerals with panelists sharing insight into what the regulation and implementation of increased due diligence will mean to the RJC and its members.
The RJC also launched its 2017 Annual Progress Report at the event. The Report echoes the RJC’s 2016 successes and accomplishments, further demonstrating it’s continuing achievements across membership growth, certification and standards development.

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau in Brussels

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