Unifying role is the main objective of the National Gemological Association

Yuri Shelementiev runs the Gemological Centre (GC) at the Moscow State University and is a president of the National Gemological Association (NGA) uniting the gemologists of Russia. The head of the MSU’ GC and the NGA answered the R&P’s...

15 july 2019

“Our goal is to bring clarity to the offering of Lab Grown Diamonds”, asserts Chris Casey, President, Lab Grown Diamond Council

Chris Casey is a 15-year veteran of the diamond and jewelry industry.  Chris also has extensive experience in market research as Founding Managing Director of the NPD Diamond and Diamond Jewelry Service where his responsibility included the...

08 july 2019

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki: Our dedication to scientific research is an important foundation to our expertise

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki, PhD, Director of the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, in an interview with R&P told about the activities and plans of one of the world's leading Gemological laboratories specializing in scientific research of diamonds...

01 july 2019

“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...

24 june 2019

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

RJC held its 2017 AGM in Germany and elects its new Vice-Chair

19 may 2017
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the global standards-setting and certification organisation for the entire jewellery supply chain, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Pforzheim, Germany. During the meeting the RJC membership elected Mr Didier Theraulaz (Piaget) as its new Vice-chairman of the Board and re- elected Ms. Feriel Zerouki (De Beers Group) as Honorary Treasurer.
RJC members also elected to the Board Peter Karakchiev (Public Joint Stock Company ALROSA), Stephen Lussier (De Beers Group), Alok Kumbhat (Jewelex India Pvt Ltd, Diamond division), Philipp Reisert (C. Hafner GmbH + Co. KG), Larry Drummond (Metalor Technologies SA), Thomas Puzone (Vacheron Constantin), Mark Hanna (Richline Group, Inc.), Eric de Rocquigny (Van Cleef & Arpels), Boaz Lev (Gem Lab Services), Marijke Achten (HRD Antwerp) and Michaël Geelhand de Merxemn (Antwerp World Diamond Centre) representing their respective fora.
Following the AGM, RJC hosted an open discussion with a selection of panelists from the jewellery pipeline. The panel discussion focused on the new EU Regulation on Conflict Minerals with panelists sharing insight into what the regulation and implementation of increased due diligence will mean to the RJC and its members.
The RJC also launched its 2017 Annual Progress Report at the event. The Report echoes the RJC’s 2016 successes and accomplishments, further demonstrating it’s continuing achievements across membership growth, certification and standards development.

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