GJEPC pushes for new diamond pricing policy in Zimbabwe

The Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India has appealed to the Zimbabwean government to consider scrapping the reserve price on its diamonds, according to NewZimbabwe.com.


Signet reports third quarter fiscal 2019 financial results

Signet Jewelers Limited, the world's largest retailer of diamond jewelry, announced its results for the 13 weeks ended November 3, 2018.


WWF names the most environmentally friendly companies

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) of Russia has published a 2018 rating of openness in the field of environmental responsibility among the mining and metallurgical companies operating in the country.


Lucapa recovers 78 carat white diamond at Mothae

Lucapa Diamond has recovered a 78 carat white diamond at its 70 percent-owned Mothae kimberlite mine in Lesotho.


ALROSA November sales of rough and polished diamonds reached $274.0 million

ALROSA, the world leader in diamond production, announces diamond sales results for November and eleven months of 2018.


The Grib Diamond Mine: Geology, Ecology and Industrial Safety


Gennady Piven, First Deputy General Manager of AGD Diamonds JSC, talks about his work at the diamond fields in Yakutia and in the Arkhangelsk Province.

I have a dream to see India become a world leader in high-end jewellery manufacturing - Sanjay Kothari

03 december 2018

An industry leader who needs no introduction to the gem and jewellery industry is Sanjay Kothari…the former chairman of the GJEPC of India has held various positions in the Council including being Convener-Exhibitions for many years before becoming Convener-Promotions & Marketing; was the spokesperson for the Natural Diamond Monitoring Committee (NDMC) and so on. Under Kothari’s leadership, the GJEPC initiated ANANT, a diamond promotion program and also, ‘India International Jewellery Week’ --- India’s first ever jewellery week. He has led delegations as well as being a member of various Gems & Jewellery Industry delegations organized by the Council to countries in the Latin America and Middle-East regions, and not only. Kothari is a visionary and a philanthropist. He is a member of the Gem and Jewellery National Relief fund and Jagat Maitri Trust. He is also one of the Directors of M/s. Diatrends Jewellery Pvt. Ltd. In an interview with Rough&Polished, Sanjay Kothari elucidates on his plans for GJSCI as well as sees India grow to greater heights in jewellery manufacturing.

Style always reflects culture

26 november 2018

Reena Ahluwalia is a multifaceted artist …an award-winning jewelry designer, diamond painter, professor, speaker and a community builder and more. Recognized as one of the Top Masters of Jewelry Design and art in Canada, she has been creating jewelry with deep meaning and symbolism. Reena Ahluwalia's signature style is all about precision, geometry, fluidity and movement. She is one of the handful of living jewelry artists whose work is featured on a nation's (Belgium) postage stamp. As a tribute to the British Royal Wedding, Reena Ahluwalia created a Diamond Tiara for HRH Kate Middleton with Royal Asscher Diamond Company. She also designed a historic diamond piece for the Legislature of Ontario (Canada) with De Beers Canada. She created the inaugural collection for Rio Tinto Bunder Mine, where diamonds were found 100 years after the fabled Indian Golconda Mines depleted. Coveted internationally by art collectors, Reena Ahluwalia paints highly nuanced, hyper-realistic diamonds with ultra-magnified facets. Her paintings are in the collection of distinguished collectors worldwide, including, showcased at the DIVA Diamond Museum in Antwerp. Her artwork gives back to many organizations, including 'Jewelers For Children' (JFC) charity, to help children who are victims of catastrophic illness. Reena Ahluwalia is a member of the George Brown College (Toronto) Jewellery Program Advisory Committee. Reena is a Fellow of Institute without Boundaries (IwB). Each year Reena supports students by providing scholarship and mentor upcoming talent. In an Interview with Rough&Polished, Reena Ahluwalia takes us through her ‘journey’ so far…

Botswana Diamonds’ Campbell on Alrosa exit: no exploration JV lasts forever

19 november 2018

Botswana Diamonds is currently in talks with a major diamond producer interested in taking over a stake in Sunland Minerals previously owned by Alrosa. The Sunland joint venture was established in 2014 to test existing Alrosa exploration technology on Botswana Diamonds’ large data base. However, the Russians exited the joint venture company following changes in management and corporate strategy, which was now biased towards production and marketing. Company managing director James Campbell told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that Alrosa had been a good partner, but no exploration joint venture lasts forever. He also commented on the company’s new project in Marange, Zimbabwe through its partnership with Vast Resources as well as South Africa’s Thorny River, which is Botswana Diamonds’ most advanced project.

If real gems are replaced by artificial stones, it is not the difference in value that sellers may cheat you out, but the very idea that you are to obtain along with a jewelry piece made from a genuine stone

12 november 2018

Elena Titova is the Director of the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum. The museum, which she heads, was founded fairly recently (less than 40 years ago), but it is one of the most popular and stylish museums of Moscow, famous, among other things, for its collection of jewelry: Rostov enamel, Baltic amber, silver and bronze articles and much more in the same strain. In her interview with Rough&Polished, Elena Titova talks about the museum’s jewelry collection, the history of its emergence and plans for the future, also sharing her thoughts on the jewelry art, its features and trends.

“We'll only work with mines and suppliers that can prove full and unquestionable traceability”, assures David Zabinsky, CEO, TRIGEM

06 november 2018

Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Government & Legal Studies, and Spanish from Bowdoin College (Maine, USA), a multi-faceted professional, David Zabinsky has both international public and private sector experience, most recently managing an initiative to secure inward direct investment from North and South America into the UAE with the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone. Prior to this, David worked with IQPC Middle East, directing some of the region’s most reputable trade conferences, including World Stadium Congress in Doha, Qatar and the PPP Investment Forum in Cairo, Egypt. Almost a polyglot, David speaks English and Spanish fluently and is conversant in Arabic, French, and Portuguese… distinct calibre that have taken him places, literally! Here, in a Q&A with Rough & Polished, David Zabinsky, CEO, TRIGEM takes you through TRIGEM’s new venture in Dubai, elaborating the future plans of the company as well.

The diamond market sentiment is cautious at the moment, especially in Europe

29 october 2018

Born in Switzerland, Angelika Mavridou relocated to Thessaloniki (Greece) with her family, only to establish her own business JEWELLS GALLERY LTD, which was later transformed to S.A. Prior to venturing into her own business, she studied Gemology and Diamond Grading in Germany and graduated from Deutsche Gemmologische Gesellschaft and the Gemological Association of Great Britain. Angelika is known for giving lectures on diamonds and gemology as well as a writer, with articles published in several Economic Magazines and Newspapers. A regular on TV Channels and Radio for discussions on the evaluation of gems and diamonds, Angelika is a celebrity in her own rights. Today, as the Founder, President and CEO of the company, Angelika not only manages the overall running of the business but makes ample time to organize private shows for loose diamonds in Greece and donate part of the turnover to Charity Organizations. Here, in an Interview with Rough & Polished, Angelika Mavridou tells her the story of her journey in the diamond jewellery industry, but not before expressing her opinion on the state of diamond industry in Greece as well as globally.

Zimnisky talks about pink diamonds, De Beers’ Lightbox

22 october 2018

An independent diamond industry analyst and consultant said although exceptional and ‘one-off’ diamonds are hard to assign a value to them, the Pink Legacy will likely fetch $2.64 million per carat when it goes under the hammer next month in Geneva. Paul Zimnisky, CFA told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that the 18.96 carats stone was one of the most extraordinary diamonds due to the quality of its colour. His comment dovetails with Christie’s auction, which projected the fancy vivid pink to fetch between $30 million and $50 million. Meanwhile, Zimnisky said De Beers’ Lightbox had registered an initial demand for the larger-carat sized products than anticipated. The company’s 1-carat solitaire pendants and some of the 1-carat total weight stud earing sets that had sold out days after its launch were now being restocked.

An alliance between a diamond producer and a diamond manufacturer in Russia is simply inevitable and necessary

15 october 2018

What is a diamond manufacturer’s margin composed of? What is the profession of diamond processing engineer about? How much time does it take to become a diamond cutter? How does a polishing factory work? The Russian Cut, is it alive? Lightbox from De Beers, what is it and why? Why do diamonds make banks feel edgy? What are the signs of a “diamond bubble” in the market? Maxim Shkadov, CEO of Kristall Production Corporation, Russia's oldest and largest diamond manufacturing business, sat with Rough&Polished to tell about all this and many other things.

High technologies make it possible to create a product that can be obtained in natural stones only for very big money

08 october 2018

Andrey Zharkov, having left the position of President at diamond mining company Alrosa, has established and headed the Ultra C company, which will be engaged in the production of diamonds from the reactor. In this interview with industry news agency Rough & Polished, he talks about prospects for the market of man-made diamonds.

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