I view the promotion of Yakut diamonds as the main task of my life - Svetlana Maksimova
Svetlana Maksimova, CEO of YuK Casting House, graduated from the Physics and Mathematics Faculty of the Yakutsk State University. Prior to the 1990s she lived for more than ten years in the Dzhugdzhur mountain ridge area (where gold mining was underway). She took an active part in the creation of the diamond cutting industry in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Having settled in Moscow in 1995, Svetlana Maksimova started her own business in high-end jewelry retail trade launching the Yakut Diamonds trade mark, which later turned into the regional trade mark for many jewelers in Yakutia.
Synthetics – Is it a threat or the future for the diamond industry?
If you spend several years being earnestly engaged in research trying to understand the techniques of growing lab-made diamond crystals, you can definitely achieve a breakthrough, and this is what was successfully done by a Russian diamond holding, which includes three companies - Inreal, Nevsky Brilliant and New Diamond Technologies. Alexander Kolyadin, Ph.D and CEO of Inreal, told some interesting facts about synthetic diamonds to Rough&Polished to be published for our readers.
KP reform: No to stifling of debate says Angola’s mines minister
Angola, which is set to take over from China next year as the Kimberley Process chairperson said it has a duty together with the Asian giant to promote debate around the reform of the diamond watchdog. Angolan minister of geology and mining, Francisco Queiroz told Rough & Polished Editor in Chief of the African Bureau Mathew Nyaungwa in an interview on the sidelines of a mining indaba held early this month in Cape Town, South Africa that they will not impose their opinion on others. He also said critics of the diamond watchdog were mistaken to suggest that it was ineffective as it controlled 99.8 percent of the global diamond trade.