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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

Zim Parly speaker vetoes probing of Mugabe over Marange diamonds

15 may 2018
The speaker of Zimbabwe’s National Assembly Jacob Mudenda has reportedly vetoed the decision to summon former president Robert Mugabe to appear before a mines and energy parliamentary portfolio committee investigating the looting and loss of diamond revenue.
Mugabe claimed in 2016 that Zimbabwe treasury received only $2 billion from the $15 billion realised in diamond revenues through corrupt cartels.
"As a committee, we resolved that Mugabe should be summoned to explain himself. We recommended to the administrators of Parliament that they wrote a letter inviting Mugabe to appear before the committee, but it now seems the letter was never written,” an unnamed committee member was quoted as saying by NewsDay.
"We have heard that, instead, the speaker (Mudenda) had advised against the move to summon Mugabe. Mudenda is said to have had reservations and the matter seems to have died a natural death on his desk."
Committee chairperson Temba Mliswa said last week that the clerk of parliament had not written to Mugabe to invite him to appear before it.
The committee had already interviewed former Marange mining executives, ministers, police and intelligence chiefs.

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

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