“Lab-Grown Diamonds is probably the biggest scam this industry has ever seen,”: Leibish Polnauer, Founder-President, Leibish & Co.

An interesting story from the Leibish & Co takes you way back to the year 1979 when young Leibish Polnauer, then a diamond polisher, was travelling to London, having just found out that the factory at which he worked had been shut down. He found an advertisement...


Botswana mining industry players speak on speculative exploration licences

Speculative mineral exploration licences was a recurring theme from presentations made by three players in Botswana mining industry at a conference convened in Gaborone. The country has issued thousands of exploration licences, across the mining industry...

17 june 2019

Design is the key to all markets

Besides being an astute businessman, Mumbai-born Laksh Pahuja is a designer par excellence known globally for his awe-inspiring unusual jewellery pieces. Trained at the Gemological Institute of India and Harrow College of Art England, Laksh combines...

10 june 2019

Mutual mass destruction will not serve anybody’s purposes

The recent moves by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), including its letters urging some companies to abide to the revised edition of FTC Jewelry Guides and the explanations from FTC attorney Robert Frisby posted on the FTC website were...

03 june 2019

Pavel Sokolov: Every stone has its beauty

THE ‘GEMSTONES BY SOKOLOV’ brand has been popular for over 25 years. The aim of this company is to supply any kind of gem studs to the Russian market including the unique ones except diamonds of any cut. The product range by the SOKOLOV Company is very...

27 may 2019

8th Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair launched

30 january 2017

Following tradition, during the last three days of January, Antwerp's diamond quarter became an international exhibition venue that hosts the annual BrilliAnt - the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair.
By noon time of Sunday, January 29th, hundreds of retail jewelers, jewellery manufacturers, and other diamond buying visitors were making their way into the halls of the Antwerp Diamond Bourse and Diamond Club of Antwerp to participate in the eighth edition of the fair.
Among the buyers attending the fair are delegations from Japan, China, and the Middle East. No less than 95 exhibitors offer diamonds in all possible sizes, qualities and shapes, as well as coloured gemstones and a wide array of industry services.
One of the highlights of the fair's special exhibits is the “Eden of Coronet” guitar. Its design was inspired by nature and was created with the efforts of a partnership between Aaron Shum, Coronet, Chow Fai Took, Gibson Guitar as well as songwriter and designer Mark Lui. The masterpiece adorned with over 400 carats of Coronet® diamonds, set in approximately 1.6 kg of 18K white gold, was awarded a Guinness World Records™ title for the Most Valuable Guitar in 2015 and has been valued at US$2 million.


The BrilliAnt seminar programme began with a well-attended presentation by the World Diamond Mark entitled 'Driving traffic to retailers - the World Diamond Mark® Model.' The WDM offered a preview of the WDM's new consumer oriented website and programmes and demonstrated how it uses digital marketing channels as the most effective and affordable marketing tools to reach consumers and drive traffic to retail jewellers.
BrilliAnt - the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair is a joint initiative of the Bourse, Club and the Antwerp Diamond Kring, and is powered by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC).

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau in Brussels