Part 2: KPCSC wants Russia to help end impasse on new definition of conflict diamonds

In the first installment of this two-part exclusive interview with Shamiso Mtisi, the coordinator of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC), we focused on illegal diamond mining in the continent and where the contraband ends up...

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Part 1: KPCSC gives insight into illegal diamond mining, trading in Africa

Although the diamond watchdog Kimberley Process (KP) prides itself for significantly reducing the flow of conflict goods since its establishment in 2003, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) alleged that illegal diamond...

18 october 2021

The jewelry industry in Russia needs to be upgraded in a serious way

Dina Nasyrova is a vice-president of the International Jewelry Exhibition-Congress J-1 recently hosted by the Atrium of Gostiny Dvor in Moscow. As a partner and the Muse of the famous jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, she actively participated in the preparation...

11 october 2021

Smiling Rocks, a philanthropic business model, inspires companies to work for betterment of the world

Zulu Ghevriya, the CEO and Co-Founder of Smiling Rocks, Founder of Vedantti Jewellery and Managing Director of Prism Group has been in the diamond and jewellery industry for over 20 years. Zulu started his business, Prism Group, as a natural diamond...

04 october 2021

Work hard and you will find success

Eduard Utkin, Director General of the “Jewellers’ Guild of Russia” Association, expert of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Committee on Precious Metals and Precious Stones, told R&P about implementing the SIIS PMPS (State Integrated Information...

27 september 2021

GJEPC of India to set up IIGJ in Varanasi

05 december 2016
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India is setting up Indian Institute of Gem & Jewellery (IIGJ) in Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. Varanasi is the fifth centre in the country after Mumbai, New Delhi, Jaipur and Kolkata to have an IIGJ campus, says a 'Release' from the Council.
While gracing the foundation stone laying ceremony of IIGJ Varanasi, Hon. Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Unlike other sectors, Gem & Jewellery sector has direct impact on job creation. This is one sector which has different sub sectors by which gem & jewellery industry provides maximum jobs to people who come from rural areas and also with non gem & jewellery background through proper training.”
Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman, GJEPC, said, “GJEPC, the apex gem & jewellery body in India has always strived to support Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s vision for putting India on the trajectory of growth through numerous initiatives, one such being ‘Skill India.' We are establishing an IIGJ in one of the oldest learning centres of the world – Varanasi - with the ultimate objective of nurturing talent and enhancing export from the region. We hope to revive the rich tradition of jewellery designing craftsmanship in the entire northern region through this Institute”.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished