Vladimir Zboykov: New times have come for jewelers

How a personal collection of minerals was thrown on the scrap-heap, who is behind the destruction of gemstone consumption culture in Russia and why jewelers will soon have to choose between business and prison – all this was told to Rough & Polished...


Changing preconceptions in the diamond and financial markets

Eli Avidar is a man on the move…literally. In April, the former Israeli diplomat stepped away from the CEO’s office at the Israel Diamond Exchange, a position he had held for more than two years, and from the Israel Diamond Institute, where he had been...

13 august 2018

Chasing a dream…

Elina Chan, MD of Shenzhen Shi Qing Yu Zhubao Ltd completed her higher education from Xiamen University and Master’s degree from Hong Kong University. To achieve her dream to start a business, Elina gave up numerous job opportunities in Hong Kong and...

06 august 2018

Pangolin Diamonds using termites to find kimberlite indicators in Botswana

It is not a secret that the rate of kimberlite discovery in Botswana has dropped considerably and research has shown that termites can help diamond explorers have an understanding of the transport mechanism of kimberlite indicator minerals from the kimberlite...

30 july 2018

In another fifty years, we’ll have a different scale of valuation, and all those items of natural origin – including diamonds – will sharply increase in price

Within the framework of the Qatar-Russia 2018 Year of Culture, the World Diamond Museum hosts an exhibition of the Qatar Museums at the State Historical Museum in Moscow – "Pearls: Treasures of the Seas and the Rivers," that opened on 11 July...

24 july 2018

DDE elects its New Board of Directors

10 may 2018
DMCC’s Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) has elected its new Board of Directors. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman-DDE said: “We welcome the newly elected Board of Directors to the DDE who will bring in fresh views and expertise to further boost our key strategic goals, particularly around rough and polished diamond tenders, to elevate our diamond marketplace for the benefit of Dubai and the industry worldwide.”

Image credit: DDE

The newly elected DDE Board of Directors is as follows:
Chairman: Ahmed Bin Sulayem
• Amit Dhamani, CEO and Managing Director, Dhamani Jewels
• Davy Blommaert, Unit Head Precious Metals & Diamonds, National Bank of Fujairah
• Gautam Sashittal, CEO, DMCC
• Maryam Al Hashemi, Director of the UAE Kimberley Process Office·        
• Mike Aggett, General Manager, TAGS                                               
• Rihen Mehta, Chairman, 7 Cs Group                                      
• Sanjeev Dutta, Executive Director – Commodities, DMCC
 “The Dubai Diamond Exchange sits at the heart of the region’s diamond trade and offers a significant contribution to the United Arab Emirate’s national economic diversification strategy,” said Gautam Sashittal, Chief Executive Officer, DMCC.

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