IGI to collaborate with John Glajz to certify Argyle Pink Diamonds

The International Gemological Institute (IGI), has joined forces with John Glajz, a Singapore-based authorized partner of Argyle Pink Diamonds for nearly 25 years, to certify these gems.


The Bunder Diamond Mine is sold to Essel Mining

The Bunder Diamond Mine, located in Chhattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, India, was sold to Essel Mining, a company owned by the Aditya Birla Group.


Angola's Luaxe eyes trial mining mid-next year – Alrosa

Angola's new Luaxe diamond deposit is set to commence trial mining mid-next year that is expected to produce 1 million carats worth $90 million in 2020, according to Alrosa.

13 december 2019

Christie’s Magnificent Jewels totals $67.5 million

Christie’s latest auction Magnificent Jewels, which was held on December 11, totaled $67,519,625.

13 december 2019

Botswana Diamonds opts to focus on advanced kimberlite projects in Zimbabwe, South Africa

Botswana Diamonds, which convened its Annual General Meeting (AGM), in London on Thursday, has resolved that its diamond exploration work will focus on advanced kimberlite projects in Zimbabwe and the Free State kimberlite field in South Africa...

13 december 2019

‘Dubai has proven to be a great port for diamond tenders’


Stargems, which was established by Shailesh Javeri in 1981, has been involved in the trading of rough diamonds and is now also into manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, tendering of diamonds and diamond jewellery. Although, the company has operations in Antwerp and Hong Kong, among other global centres, it is convinced that Dubai is a “great port for diamond tenders”, according to company managing director Bhavesh Javeri in an exclusive interview with Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa. He said Dubai’s diamond trade had been growing by leaps and bounds over the years and is committed to setting the standard for secure diamond trading in line with the highest quality standards. Javeri also said that Stargems ethically sources stones for tenders from several sources, although prominent sources were Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa.

Our main role is to inspire consumers to consider diamonds - Jean-Marc Lieberherr

09 december 2019

With over 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership positions across many geographies, functions and businesses, Jean-Marc Lieberherr has more than 10 years’ experience as a diamond industry leader, which includes as a Board member of the World Diamond Council. As a co-founder of the Diamond Producers Association (DPA), its first chairman, and then its first Chief Executive, Jean-Marc dedicated himself to promoting diamonds as a unique miracle of nature and symbol of love, as well as to supporting the diamond industry on its path towards ever greater levels of responsibility and transparency. As CEO, Jean-Marc oversees all aspects of the DPA's operations, reporting to its Board of Directors. Here, in an exclusive interview with Rough & Polished, Jean-Marc Lieberherr takes us down the road of DPA’s journey since it was founded to promote diamonds globally.

Training in diamond valuation is key for artisanal miners

02 december 2019

Ian Rowe, the Executive Director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) was appointed in September 2019, having joined DDI as Deputy Executive Director a year earlier. Ian managed field operations in Sierra Leone within this role and led an extensive strategic planning process to position DDI for a future in which artisanal mining is expected to become a much more prominent development challenge. As a result, DDI is now poised to consolidate many of the important lessons it has learned, into larger cross-cutting programs with positive outcomes for the artisanal mining sector. Here, in an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished, Ian Rowe shares his insights on artisanal mining and also specifies the impact of DDI’s initiatives on the artisanal sector.

Kangalassi 2.0: Raising the living standards, creating new jobs

25 november 2019

At the V Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in early September in Vladivostok, the Yakut company SAYBM signed a tripartite agreement with two agencies - the Far Eastern agency and the regional one - for attracting investments and providing export support. The document was signed to attract investments within the framework of the project "Jewelry and cutting cluster in the territory of the advanced socio-economic development – the Kangalassi Industrial Park”. Anna Ivanova, Director General of SAYBM, told the Rough&Polished information agency about the prospects that open up for the young, but already established company.

We live in a new dimension of environmental responsibility carried by business

18 november 2019

In mid-October, Moscow hosted the VIII Ecological Forum attended by representatives from the State, large industrial companies, scientific and public organizations. The forum delegates discussed the issues related to finding a balance between the socio-economic development of the country’s regions and the preservation of a decent environment, as well as how to apply the laws regulating the ecological problems of industrial production. Dmitry Pristanskov, Vice President of Norilsk Nickel summed up the results of the Ecological Forum and told about the participation of his company in the implementation of the National Ecology Project in an interview with Rough&Polished.

De Beers’ GemFair delivering ‘positive impacts’ to ASM sector in Sierra Leone – David Johnson

11 november 2019

GemFair, a pilot project developed by De Beers to create a secure and transparent route to market ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds, is already delivering “important positive impacts” in Sierra Leone. Group head of strategic communications David Johnson told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that they are now beginning to witness the miners displaying more formal behaviours and business practices. He also talked about De Beers’ contribution towards the economy of Botswana through their five-decade partnership. The group was recently accused of not helping reduce Botswana’s high levels of poverty and inequalities. Below are excerpts from the interview.

Belgian-quality diamond boiling in Dubai from TRIGEM

05 november 2019

Born in New York, David Zabinsky is CEO & Co-Founder of TRIGEM, an independent diamond service provider in Dubai. Before TRIGEM, David was Manager at Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone, where he was responsible for securing North and South American investment into Ras Al Khaimah. David is a graduate of Bowdoin College and in his spare time, he competes in the sport of powerlifting. In an interview with Rough&Polished, David Zabinsky talks about TRIGEM, which will launch a diamond boiling service in partnership with Antwerp’s Charlotte Boil in January 2020.

Pavel Shelkov: "Our project is an attempt to fit Russia into the global trend and create a new private company in the diamond industry"

28 october 2019

At the end of September, Moscow hosted the Second Annual Conference, "Gold and Diamond Mining Companies of Russia and Europe." The audience showed great interest to the presentation made by diamond geologist Pavel Shelkov of Almazy Zapolyarya describing the Russian Diamond Holding project on the exploration of new diamond deposits to be followed by diamond mining. Pavel Shelkov told Rough & Polished how this project came to life and what it is to be in the future.

The team that turns sleeping stones into beautiful polished diamonds

21 october 2019

Maxim Zemlyakov is the Director General of ADMS OOO, a company cutting and polishing natural and synthetic diamonds in Oryol. He has been the Director General of Oryol-ALROSA since 2007. Before heading it, he worked as a grinder, cutter, instructor, technologist, chief technologist, and the Deputy Director General. Unfortunately, in 2017, the competitive enterprise (with successful performance figures, with one of the lowest production costs in with the world and product quality that meets international standards) was declared bankrupt, its employees were laid off, the property was sold out. Currently, the factory has new owners and co-founders. Having become one of them, Maxim Zemlyakov, in his new position, revived the business, having assembled the previous team and now he heads it.

Demand will pick up once the season starts

14 october 2019

N Anantha Padmanaban took charge as the Chairman of the All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) in January 2019. He has immense hopes and confidence in the Indian jewellery sector. His motto is to ‘ensure that after the day’s business, a retailer should go home with a smile on his face. Because, if the retailer is happy, then wholesaler and manufacturer are also happy… thus also keeping artisans happy and strengthening the entire value chain.’ A founder member of GJC, Padmanaban is the current Chairman of All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC), which was formerly known as All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF). Padmanaban has decades of experience in the Indian Jewellery sector. His retail Brand NAC Jewellers is well-known in India. Here, in an interview with Rough & Polished, Anantha Padmanaban is optimistic on the jewellery sector of India and confident of its further growth and contribution to the country’s GDP.

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