De Beers conducts second translocation of elephants to Mozambique

De Beers has carried out the second translocation of elephants from its Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR) in South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique has taken place.


ALROSA, ZCDC ink JV agreement to develop Zim diamond deposits

Russian diamond giant, ALROSA has inked a joint venture agreement with the state-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) to develop diamond deposits in Zimbabwe.


First Israel Diamond Week in Shanghai to embark on a new era of cooperation

When the first Israel Diamond Week opens in Shanghai today, a new era of cooperation between the Israeli and Chinese diamond industries will be launched, says a press release from IDI.


Mothae diamond output 36% ahead of H1 target – Lucapa

Lucapa Diamond said its 75%-owned Mothae mine, in Lesotho produced 6,349 carats in the second quarter of 2019, bringing the first half output to 13,267 carats.


Newfield seeks to increase Tongo resource

Newfield Resources has commenced further drilling and diamond assays on the Panguma kimberlite, which is located to the west of the Kundu and Lando kimberlites, in Sierra Leone.


Unifying role is the main objective of the National Gemological Association

15 july 2019

Yuri Shelementiev runs the Gemological Centre (GC) at the Moscow State University and is a president of the National Gemological Association (NGA) uniting the gemologists of Russia. The head of the MSU’ GC and the NGA answered the R&P’s questions about the today’s trends in the international and Russian gemology as well as about the state of the Russian jewellery market.

“Our goal is to bring clarity to the offering of Lab Grown Diamonds”, asserts Chris Casey, President, Lab Grown Diamond Council

08 july 2019

Chris Casey is a 15-year veteran of the diamond and jewelry industry.  Chris also has extensive experience in market research as Founding Managing Director of the NPD Diamond and Diamond Jewelry Service where his responsibility included the development of a retail panel of 4,000 doors contributing total transactional history used to drive detailed sell-in and sell-through analytics for the domestic US diamond market. Prior to NPD, Chris was Vice President of the Nielsen Jewelry Group heading National Jeweler and Europa Star media properties as well as the Couture and JA New York Trade Shows.  Prior to joining the jewelry industry, Chris managed trade media and research properties in the apparel and construction industries. In an interview here with Rough & Polished, besides explaining the goals of the newly formed LGDC, Chris Casey believes clarity will help grow the LGD market and also benefit all players involved in Lab Grown Diamonds.

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki: Our dedication to scientific research is an important foundation to our expertise

01 july 2019

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki, PhD, Director of the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, in an interview with R&P told about the activities and plans of one of the world's leading Gemological laboratories specializing in scientific research of diamonds, precious stones and pearls.

“Lab-Grown Diamonds is probably the biggest scam this industry has ever seen,”: Leibish Polnauer, Founder-President, Leibish & Co.

24 june 2019

An interesting story from the Leibish & Co takes you way back to the year 1979 when young Leibish Polnauer, then a diamond polisher, was travelling to London, having just found out that the factory at which he worked had been shut down. He found an advertisement from the royal crown jeweler Garrard‘s seeking a 6-carat pear-shaped diamond. Next, Leibish made the phone call that would change his life forever. Garrard’s needed 80 pear-shaped diamonds in two weeks, and Leibish said that he would provide them though he did not have any stock of his own. Leibish Polnauer kept his promise to Garrad’s … so much for Leibish Polnauer’s entrepreneurship!  And the rest, as they say, is history. Now, about four decades later, Leibish Polnauer- Founder- President still steers Leibish & Co, which strives to be a premier supplier of natural Fancy Color diamonds in all colors, sizes, and price ranges. Here, in an interview with Rough & Polished, Leibish Polnauer tells us his story, but also puts forth his views candidly about the industry… especially on lab-grown diamonds.

Botswana mining industry players speak on speculative exploration licences

17 june 2019

Speculative mineral exploration licences was a recurring theme from presentations made by three players in Botswana mining industry at a conference convened in Gaborone. The country has issued thousands of exploration licences, across the mining industry, but the majority of them are said to be gathering dust. Botswana is the second largest diamond producer in the world after Russia. Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa, who attended the conference, has put together the comments made by Pangolin Diamonds chief executive Leon Daniels, Botswana Chamber of Mines chief executive Charles Siwawa and Botswana Minister of mineral resources, Green technology and energy security Eric Molale.

Design is the key to all markets

10 june 2019

Besides being an astute businessman, Mumbai-born Laksh Pahuja is a designer par excellence known globally for his awe-inspiring unusual jewellery pieces. Trained at the Gemological Institute of India and Harrow College of Art England, Laksh combines his qualification, formal training with his inherent talent to create extraordinary jewellery pieces. Well versed with international trends, he blends them with his own style and gives each masterpiece its distinct uniqueness. Drawing inspiration from nature, Laksh’s Signature Creations have never been seen, heard, or conceived before anywhere in the world.

Mutual mass destruction will not serve anybody’s purposes

03 june 2019

The recent moves by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), including its letters urging some companies to abide to the revised edition of FTC Jewelry Guides and the explanations from FTC attorney Robert Frisby posted on the FTC website were widely perceived as a game changer in promoting lab-grown and natural diamond goods in the market. Ronnie VanderLinden, President of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), gave his take on the situation in advertising in an interview with Rough & Polished.

Pavel Sokolov: Every stone has its beauty

27 may 2019

THE ‘GEMSTONES BY SOKOLOV’ brand has been popular for over 25 years. The aim of this company is to supply any kind of gem studs to the Russian market including the unique ones except diamonds of any cut. The product range by the SOKOLOV Company is very wide and the company a leader in the Russian jewelry market. The SOKOLOV Company made its difficult way searching for an optimal business model. They encountered many challenges on this way: they set up their own cutting and polishing operation, started their advertising unit and creative a photo and design studio. Earlier, much attention was paid to the company’s website (, but at present, they focus mainly at the work in the interactive social media. The headquarters of the company is in St. Petersburg, their office and showroom have been operating in Moscow since 2005, and their office and a store were opened in Kostroma in 2008. Pavel Sokolov, the CEO and founder of the company, tells the R&P about how challenging it is to be an entrepreneur in the jewelry business.

“We are building a new state-of-the-art tender facility,” says Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC

20 may 2019

Ahmed Bin Sulayem certainly needs no introduction being widely popular globally as one of the leaders of modern Dubai. As the Executive Chairman of DMCC, Ahmed Bin Sulayem has played and continues to play a key role in establishing and positioning DMCC as a major international commodities hub for trade. Here, in an Interview with Rough&Polished, Ahmed Bin Sulayem elucidates on DMCC, DDE, DPE and more… to present Dubai, the fastest growing diamond hub in the world.

De Beers scaling up Tracr ahead of formal launch

13 may 2019

De Beers tracked 100 high-value diamonds along the value chain during the pilot of Tracr™, its industry blockchain platform, for the first time in May last year. A De Beers spokesperson Bianca Ruakere told Rough & Polished in an exclusive interview that they are pleased with the progress and success of the pilot programme. She said the platform, which provides consumers with confidence that registered diamonds are natural and conflict-free, will be scaled up ahead of formal launch “in due course”.

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