Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

Huw Daniel is the CEO of Platinum Guild International, overseeing market development activities in China, Japan, India and the USA, on behalf of the platinum producers of South Africa. Before taking up this role in 2015, Huw ran PGI USA for 12 years...

13 september 2021

Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in...

06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

Alex Popov, President of the Moscow Diamond Exchange and head of the Âme jewelry brand, which uses lab-grown diamonds to produce jewelry, sat for an interview with Rough&Polished sharing his views on the coexistence of natural and man-made diamonds in...

23 august 2021

De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

De Beers inaugurated its GemFair pilot programme in Sierra Leone’s Kono District with 14-member mine sites in 2018 to create a secure route to market for ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale diamonds. GemFair programme manager Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg...

16 august 2021

Signet Jewelers Funding Two Schools in Artisanal Diamond Mining Communities in DRC

08 april 2016
Diamond jewelry retailer Signet Jewelers has provided a grant that will enable the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) to send two mobile schools to communities in the Kasai Occidental province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a press release from the DDI. Each mobile school offers remedial education to 25 children who might otherwise be working in the mining fields.
“Mining diamonds is not an activity for children. Signet Jewelers recognizes this, and has very generously provided another option. Education will not only change the lives of these children – it will also transform their communities,” enthuses DDI Executive Director Dorothee Gizenga.
 “As the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, Signet is proud to support an initiative that focuses on our philanthropic mission which includes supporting underserved children. We believe that education is crucial for responsible development in artisanal mining communities,” says ,” said Mark Light, CEO of Signet Jewelers, which has supported DDI in the past through a grant supporting the technical assistance function of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.