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

ZCDC seeks independent probe into claims of human rights abuses

14 may 2018
Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) has tendered for an independent investigation into allegations of human rights abuses at its Marange diamond mines, according to the state-controlled media.
The Herald newspaper reports that the move was in light of a “new anti-Zimbabwe diamonds lobby” led by a local non-governmental organisation, the Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) ahead of the Kimberly Process (KP) intersessional meetings scheduled for Antwerp next month.
"ZCDC has tendered for an independent private investigator to investigate all allegations of human rights abuses," company chief executive Moris Mpofu was quoted as saying.
"Because of our business strategy which seeks to achieve transparency and accountability, ZCDC is open to scrutiny by KPCS or other watchdogs to visit our Mine to investigate and assess things on the ground."
"In all our mining operations we are guided and wholly subscribe to KPCS requirements and continue to ensure that there is total compliance to these requirements."
CNRG executive director Farai Maguwu recently wrote to the KP claiming that Zimbabwean stones fall short of the diamond watchdog's conflict free test.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished