DelGatto launches first-ever ‘Online Finance Platform’ on IDEX Online

The DELGATTO Diamond Finance Fund (DDFF) launched the diamond industry's first ever online finance platform, on IDEX Online on 26 May 2020.


Lucapa advances Lulo kimberlite exploration project

Lucapa Diamond is making progress on its kimberlite exploration programme in Angola, which seeks to identify the hard-rock sources of exceptional alluvial diamonds mined along the Cacuilo River at Lulo.


WFDB launches digital campaign to promote Get Diamonds to retailers

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) is launching an international digital marketing campaign to introduce Get Diamonds to jewelry retailers.


SA mines record 320 COVID-19 cases

South Africa’s mining industry has recorded 320 cases of Covid-19 as the industry prepares to operate at full capacity from June 1, according to media reports citing the Minerals Council.


AGD DIAMONDS issues a report on development prospects for 2019 in line with GRI standards

AGD DIAMONDS has issued its second Sustainable Development Report for 2019 on May 26. The Sustainable Development Report for 2019 is a non-financial report of the Company.


“Get Diamonds” platform will soon be available in Russian, Hindi, Arabic and any other languages as per demand from any countries

25 may 2020

A first-generation diamantaire Yoram Dvash, currently serving as the Acting President at World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the President of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), launched his diamond manufacturing and trading business, Yoram Dvash Diamonds Ltd., in 1991. Yoram Dvash has been a member of Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association (IsDMA) since the beginning of the century and an IsDMA board member since 2011. He also served a term on the board of the Israel Diamond Institute. In 2013 elections, Yoram was chosen as the IDE's honorary secretary, Chairman of the Industry Committee and Chairman of the Marketing and External Relations Committee. Yoram first joined the board of directors of the Israel Diamond Exchange in 2013. In the 2015 elections, Yoram was elected as President of the Israel Diamond Exchange. In 2016, five months after being elected as Israeli Diamond Exchange President, Yoram was elected as Vice President of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB). Here, in an interview with Rough & Polished, Yoram Dvash expresses his confidence in WFDB’s ‘Get Diamonds’ platform that has been designed to bring transparency; and also be ideal to connect traders across the globe.

Sustainability is the only way forward - Rahul Jauhari

18 may 2020

Rahul Jauhari, Sr Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Star Rays, has forged ahead professionally for more than 14 years garnering experience in Business Development, Luxury Lifestyle Consultancy, Market Analysis, Global Fashion / Luxury trend study, Strategic Planning, Merchandising, Product Sourcing/ Pricing Strategy, Profit Centric Operations and much more. For the last 2-plus years as Sr Vice President Rahul has been handling Star Rays’ marketing adeptly across the globe. Before this, he was Commercial Director, India of HRD, and also Sr Manager - International Business at Gitanjali Gems Ltd.  Rahul also has a range of degrees under his belt like IT-Computer Science; Diamond Grading – GIA; Marketing Management – NMIMS; and an Executive Program in Luxury Management- IIM, Bangalore. Here, in an Interview with Rough & Polished, Rahul Jauhari speaks about Star Rays, a major Indian diamond company’s journey over the years, as well as its plans for the future…

Keeping global supply chains functioning vital – De Beers

11 may 2020

Diamond giant, De Beers has said that it is essential to keep global supply chains functioning in view of the substantial impact of Covid-19 on the industry. Group spokesperson David Johnson told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that although the current situation was challenging for all parts of the value chain, there is need for shared solutions. He was commenting on recent advise by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and other Indian trade bodies for the Asian country’s diamond sector to halt rough diamond imports for 30 days starting mid-May. Meanwhile, De Beers said that all of its upstream operations have either returned to work or will do so in the near future, although they are all operating at reduced levels.

Gabon courts foreign investors to grow fledgling diamond sector

05 may 2020

Diamond production in Gabon, which has been a member of the Kimberley Diamond Certification Process since 2018, is currently dominated by artisanal miners. The artisanal miners are producing about 300 carats per month, according to Gabon’s director of the Centre Permanent du Processus de Kimberley, Meboua Essoukou. She told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa through an interpreter that they now want the situation to change by attracting foreign investments.Essoukou said that De Beers, SouthernEra of Canada and Motapa Diamond of South Africa had previously done some exploration work. She said the foreign investors will be expected to continue with exploration work and possible commence mining ventures.

TaTe Diamonds - a Namibian diamond company specialized in Namibian rough

27 april 2020

Armed with degrees in Economics and Commerce and an MBA - specialized in Strategic Planning & Business Development, taShi Shiimi-ya-Shiimi is an executive, possessing many years of global experience in Information Technology and Strategic Management. As Managing Director of TaTe, his primary focus is centered on growing and diversifying TaTe Group’s portfolio. The company’s current holdings span a wide array of industries and include interests in the following sectors like Diamond: Rough Trading & Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Information Technology and Real Estate. In this interview with Rough&Polished, taShi Shiimi-ya-Shiimi spells out his goals for TaTe Diamonds, which he aims to grow into a fully integrated organisation, right from mining to retail.

Russian Jewelers Guild: If the church will not support us, then soon everyone will have to wear crosses made in China

20 april 2020

The Ministry of Finance of Russia proposed to include the jewelry industry in the list of sectors of the Russian economy that were most affected due to the deteriorating situation as a result of the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The corresponding proposal was sent to the Government of the Russian Federation.A week ago, the Russian Jewelers Guild addressed the Prime Minister with a request for measures to support the jewelry industry and with proposals that take into account the specifics of the jewelry market and its individual segments. Eduard Utkin, General Manager of the Russian Jewelers Guild Association answered the questions from Rough&Polished about what kind of measures these may be and what the industry expects in the near future.

Ali Pastorini: Our customers want only natural diamonds

13 april 2020

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of Del Lima Jewelry and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together more than 1,000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain, Italy, and Germany. The mission of Mujeres Brillantes is to help women in the jewelry and watchmaking sectors consolidate their business in order to exchange professional skills and experience. In the immediate past, Ali Pastorini was also Senior Vice President of the World Jewelry Hub in Panama. In this interview with Rough & Polished she tells about the situation in the jewelry industry in the context of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Innovation and automation can conquer any challenges

06 april 2020

Rahul Gaywala, the CEO of STPL has been with the Sahajanand Group since 1993 and in his tenure with STPL, he has proved to be a hard-core innovator and technocrat intent on helping to transform the diamond trade from a labour-intensive industry to an automated industry. Rahul handles the company's worldwide operations including business development, R&D, production, and supply chain. He has a tremendous cross culture and global exposures in diamond technology, industrial laser, medical devices, and life sciences industry. Rahul has 2 national and 4 international patents on his name. For his outstanding contribution in the global diamond industry, Rahul has been conferred with Awards as ‘Man of Excellence award, 2014, by Brand Academy Institute’ as well as ‘The Most Enterprising CEO award, 2013 by Indian Achievers Forum’. Recently, STPL was awarded with Most Innovative Company of for production technology by JNA Awards at Hong Kong. STPL has won many international awards for innovation excellence, including Good design Award- Japan, Vision System Design Innovators Award – USA and many more. STPL has been crowned with India Design Mark Award twice for its rough diamond planning and diamond cutting systems respectively. On a quality level STPL has won Platinum Level Quality Excellence Award by The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Memorial Foundation of Carl Fabergé continues to fulfill its tasks

30 march 2020

Valentin Skurlov, Ph. D., who is an Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, professor, scientific secretary of the Fabergé Memorial Foundation, consulting researcher studying the Fabergé heritage at the Russian department of the Christie's auction house selling antiques, and the evaluator of the art treasures belonging to the RF Ministry of Culture, answers the questions put by the industry information agency Rough&Polished.

Gaetano Cavalieri: We need to protect the long-term health of our industry

23 march 2020

The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) represents the entire jewelry industry embracing a whole variety of companies, from those mining precious metals and gems to those, which are manufacturing and selling final products. The confederation members are national jewelry associations from more than 40 countries, including Russia. In 2006, the CIBJO was the only organization granted the official status of a consultant to the UN Economic and Social Council on the development of the global jewelry industry. The President of CIBJO, Gaetano Cavalieri, kindly agreed to answer questions from Rough&Polished related to the most pressing topic for the world community today – the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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