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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

ZCDC seeks independent probe into claims of human rights abuses

14 may 2018
Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) has tendered for an independent investigation into allegations of human rights abuses at its Marange diamond mines, according to the state-controlled media.
The Herald newspaper reports that the move was in light of a “new anti-Zimbabwe diamonds lobby” led by a local non-governmental organisation, the Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) ahead of the Kimberly Process (KP) intersessional meetings scheduled for Antwerp next month.
"ZCDC has tendered for an independent private investigator to investigate all allegations of human rights abuses," company chief executive Moris Mpofu was quoted as saying.
"Because of our business strategy which seeks to achieve transparency and accountability, ZCDC is open to scrutiny by KPCS or other watchdogs to visit our Mine to investigate and assess things on the ground."
"In all our mining operations we are guided and wholly subscribe to KPCS requirements and continue to ensure that there is total compliance to these requirements."
CNRG executive director Farai Maguwu recently wrote to the KP claiming that Zimbabwean stones fall short of the diamond watchdog's conflict free test.

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

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