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Pavel Vinikhin: ALROSA will make a worthy contribution to the revival of the ‘Russian Cut’ Brand

ALROSA is known as the largest diamond mining company throughout the world. However, not everyone is aware that it has its own diamond-cutting division. For a long time, the activity of DIAMONDS ALROSA remained in the shadows, only occasionally attracting...

16 october 2017

William Lamb: Lucara now knows best routes to market large stones

Lucara Diamond recently announced that Graff Diamonds had bought its 1,109 carat diamond Lesedi La Rona for $53 million. The stone, which is the world’s second largest diamond found since the discovery of the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond in 1905, failed...

09 october 2017

GSI was the first in the world to begin testing of smaller size diamonds in bulk and has never looked back since - Mark Gershburg

With more than 30 years of experience in the gem lab sector under his belt, Mark Gershburg is an industry veteran widely popular in the global gem and jewelry industry. He began his career in 1980 as a grader but his professionalism, creativity, and...

02 october 2017

Gaetano Cavalieri: Over the long term, demand for diamonds is likely to grow at a steady pace

The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) represents the entire jewelry industry embracing a whole variety of companies, from those mining precious metals and gems to those, which are manufacturing and selling final products. The confederation...

25 september 2017

“I am bullish on the future of the diamond business. Three reasons for this optimism... new discoveries, extending mine life and the increasing demand for diamonds”, says Martin Leake

Martin Leake is a PhD exploration geologist and Six Sigma black belt who has been involved in the rough diamond market since 2004. He worked for BHP Billiton for 22 years and recently left Grib Diamonds where he helped set up a world-class marketing...

18 september 2017

Indian diamond industry observes partial shutdown in Surat

19 june 2017

The diamond cutting and polishing centre in Surat and those in Navsari and Saurashtra in Gujarat observed a shutdown on Saturday to press for exemption of the diamond industry from Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime that will come into force from July 1 in India, according to media reports.
The call for shutdown was given by Diamond GST Sangarsh Samiti which has been opposed to GST Council's decision to implement 3% GST on polished diamonds, 18% on diamond trading and 0.25% on rough diamonds.
It is reported that around 4,000 diamond brokers and 3,500 diamond merchants did not work and 3,000 small and medium diamond units remained shut, resulting in a loss of more than $105 million to the trade.
Praveen Shanker Pandya, Chiarman of the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) had on Friday appealed to diamantaires in Surat, Navsari and other cutting centres in Saurashtra not to join the bandh.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Assian Bureau, Rough & Polished

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