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A new brand has come to the Russian market - LA VIVION

How this had happened was disclosed in an interview with Rough&Polished by Andrey Yanchevskiy, CEO of LA VIVION, who, having turned from a programmer into a jeweler, proved that algorithms and diamonds are a promising combination in business.

14 august 2017

KGK says Botswana lacks capacity, expertise to produce diamond jewellery

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07 august 2017

Jewellery might not come under the category of basic necessity, but for women it is a need

Enchanted by the City of Gold-Dubai, brothers Kiran Pethani and Anil Pethani travelled from their little village in Gujarat, India to Dubai in search of a better livelihood. In 1993, they started working for a jeweller in Gold Souk where they learnt...

31 july 2017

"The government should financially support the setting up of skills development units and Gems and Jewellery parks" suggests Sanjeev Agarwal, CEO, Gitanjali Exports Pvt Ltd.

Sanjeev Agarwal has a unique combination of experience encompassing FMCG, Banking & Finance and the Luxury Retail Sectors with Unilever, Cadburys and Deutsche Bank. Sanjeev’s next move to World Gold Council as Managing Director (India-subcontinent)...

24 july 2017

Virtual Possibilities of Jewellery Market

Online jewellery trading in Russia – since it started boosting and becoming more popular among the consumers - is of keen interest among the market players and is a topical issue. Dmitry Zamyshlyaev, Deputy Head of the Federal State Enterprise ‘Assay...

17 july 2017

De Beers to hold sight next week without SA rough diamonds – report

16 june 2017
De Beers is expected to hold its sightholder sales next week at the Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) in Gaborone without rough diamonds from neighbouring South Africa.
South Africa's minerals minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, had been refusing to grant an exemption to De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) to export diamonds to Botswana for aggregation.
DBCM had since approached the local courts to force the minister change his position.
The Patriot newspaper quoted Botswana Chamber of Mines chief executive, Charles Siwawa, as saying that it was surprising that such a decision with far reaching implications on the relationship between the two neighbouring countries had been made by the individual minister.
"The decision could affect bi-lateral relations between the neighbours. It should not have been unilateral at ministerial level,” he said.
“One would expect that it would be reached after both governments engage at a high level where one would forewarn the other to make necessary preparations going forward."
Siwawa said although blocking supply from South Africa for aggregation in Botswana would not stop operations at DTCB, although it would disrupt the diamond mix in the process.
Diamonds produced by De Beers in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Canada were aggregated in Gaborone like they used to be in London.
Once the aggregation process was complete, rough diamonds of higher value were then re-imported back to the producing countries, South Africa included, for cutting and polishing.
About 40 percent of diamonds mined in South Africa by De Beers were allocated to local diamond cutters and polishers.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished

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