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02.03.2015
“We believe in the superior craftsmanship of our Belgian Master Cutters”
jean_claude_muller_x.jpgS. Muller & Sons founded in 1955 is now a world-renowned diamond manufacturer managed by the third generation of diamantaires led by Jean Claude Muller, the company’s CEO. S. Muller & Sons has an in-house diamond factory, one of the few that still remain in Antwerp, which is producing the now famous Hearts & Arrows Diamonds. The company’s involvement in Hearts & Arrows initiated with its relationship with Mr. Takanori Tamura, the inventor of the Eight-Star Diamond. While attending the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair last February, our correspondents – helped by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and S. Muller & Sons - took an opportunity to visit the company’s diamond factory, which resulted in the interview with Jean Claude Muller below.

24.02.2015
Namibia-De Beers talks scheduled to end in June
isak_katali_x.jpgDe Beers and the Namibian government have been negotiating over a new diamond-sales agreement for quite some time now. The envisaged new deal would replace a 2007 agreement that allowed De Beers to sell the stones through the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC), a joint venture between Windhoek and De Beers. Namibia’s mines and energy minister Isak Katali told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa on the sidelines of a mining conference in Cape Town recently that the negotiations are now envisaged to end in June this year, if not earlier.

16.02.2015
The gemmological education is very important for the industry to build a sound and strong edifice
bakul_mehta_x.jpgThe Gemmological Institute of India (GII) plays an important role in the local diamond industry, offering a broad range of services, which include diamond grading and certification, detection of diamond treatments and identification of synthetic diamonds, as well as research and gemological education courses highly popular and widely recognized in the trade in India and abroad having trained more than 5,000 students. The GII runs the only gem and diamond-testing laboratory in Mumbai fully equipped with state-of-the-art instruments. Bakul Mehta, Chairman of the GII, answers the questions from Rough&Polished in the exclusive interview below.





ALROSA kicks off its first round of e-commerce selling rough diamonds

06.07.2011

On July 5, the Market Council of Russian diamond miner ALROSA summed up the results of an experimental round of online rough diamond sales. According to the company’s press release received by Rough&Polished, the auction was held for market participants on a specialized electronic platform at direct invitations from ALROSA in accordance with the effective corporate rules for rough diamond auctions.
The first electronic auction put up for sale 108 lots of standard boxes under the current stock list of ALROSA. The diamond miner invited 30 foreign and Russian companies to take part in bidding.
The trading session resulted in approximately $11 million worth of sold goods.
The Market Council considered the experimental auction successful. From the fourth quarter of this year, after fine-tuning the software, outlining the schedule and specifying the notification and participation procedures for buyers of rough diamonds, e-auctions will be carried out on a regular basis.
In 2010, ALROSA produced 34.3 million carats of diamonds worth $2,180 million. The ALROSA Group sold a total of 3,483.6 million worth of diamond goods last year, a record amount in the company’s history.

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