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Fyodor Poludennyi: “Our aim is to be among the most renowned brands of Europe, America and other parts of the world”
fyodor_poludennyi_x.jpgCreating the Russian national brands is among the tasks set by the Russian Jewellers Guild for themselves. Probably, it is no mere chance that Gagik Gevorkyan, the Guild’s leader, was the initiator of establishing the first family jewellery brand in Russia dubbed GEVORKYAN. The brand philosophy is to translate the best ideas and traditions that contribute to the strengthening of a family, bringing up of a new generation on the values of love and mutual respect. Fyodor Poludennyi, this Brand Director, tells about it in his interview to Rough&Polished.

The Replica of the Great Imperial Crown of the Russian Empire is a masterpiece of Russian gem cutters and evidence that they are among the best artisans in the world
maxim_shkadov_x.jpgIn early September, Interfax hosted a press conference with the participation of Maxim Shkadov, CEO of Russia's largest diamond manufacturer Kristall on the further fate of the Replica of the Great Imperial Crown made by Smolensk gem cutters. Maxim Shkadov told the audience how his company had come over the idea to recreate the Crown of the Russian Empire and discussed its further fate, as well as answered questions from Rough & Polished regarding the state of the diamond market and its prospects.

Ari Epstein, CEO of AWDC: Diamond pipeline to unclog and demand to pick up in 2-3 months
ari_epstein_xn.jpgIn early September, ALROSA hosted a meeting on New Development Drivers of Global Diamond Business in the framework of the Asia Pacific Eastern Economic Forum meeting in Vladivostok. The panel session looked at the current state and future prospects of the diamond industry. Leading diamond and jewelry industry figures took part in a debate on the challenges facing the business on September 3, including Ari Epstein, CEO of Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), who was interviewed by Rough & Polished on this occasion. Epstein shares his views on demand recovery in the diamond market, competition with India and the establishment of a diamond bourse in Vladivostok.

Zimbabwe: Anjin Investments is Now Top Diamond Producer in the World


Anjin Investments, a joint diamond mining venture between China’s Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company Limited and the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, is now the world’s biggest diamond producer, a company official said last Wednesday, reported.
The China/Zimbabwe joint venture began mining diamonds in the Marange fields in July 2010, but only recently has received permission from the Kimberley Process to export its rough diamonds. The company reportedly has a stockpile of some 3 million carats.
According to Anjin director Munyaradzi Machacha, the Anjin has a production capacity of 12,000 tons of ore per day. This week, two additional processing units are scheduled to begin operating.



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