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

Zim Parly speaker vetoes probing of Mugabe over Marange diamonds

15 may 2018
The speaker of Zimbabwe’s National Assembly Jacob Mudenda has reportedly vetoed the decision to summon former president Robert Mugabe to appear before a mines and energy parliamentary portfolio committee investigating the looting and loss of diamond revenue.
Mugabe claimed in 2016 that Zimbabwe treasury received only $2 billion from the $15 billion realised in diamond revenues through corrupt cartels.
"As a committee, we resolved that Mugabe should be summoned to explain himself. We recommended to the administrators of Parliament that they wrote a letter inviting Mugabe to appear before the committee, but it now seems the letter was never written,” an unnamed committee member was quoted as saying by NewsDay.
"We have heard that, instead, the speaker (Mudenda) had advised against the move to summon Mugabe. Mudenda is said to have had reservations and the matter seems to have died a natural death on his desk."
Committee chairperson Temba Mliswa said last week that the clerk of parliament had not written to Mugabe to invite him to appear before it.
The committee had already interviewed former Marange mining executives, ministers, police and intelligence chiefs.

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