The diamond business is yet bright and has a good future in the coming days

Hitesh Patel, Managing Director of Dharmanandan Diamonds Pvt. Ltd., joined the family business in 1997 to help his father Laljibhai Patel, the founder of Dharmanandan Diamonds Pvt. Ltd. Egged on by its success, Hitesh set up the overseas presence of...


The talk around LGDs is all hype

As a teenager, Luca Luterbacher began to design and manufacture single pieces and individual items for wealthy private family friends from Switzerland and Lichtenstein. In 2017, he finally invested in his own luxury trademark "Luterbacher."...

12 august 2019

Correct adjustment of advertising is the major challenge

At the recent Amberforum held in the Baltic city of Svetlogorsk, Andrey Yanchevsky, Head of the trade representation of the LA VIVION jewelery company shared his opinion with the correspondent of Rough&Polished on the state and prospects of the jewellery...

05 august 2019

Small-scale diamond mining is the future in Botswana – Leon Daniels

Pangolin Diamonds, which is currently the most active diamond exploration company in Botswana, has called upon authorities in the southern African country to include diamonds into the minerals permit for small scale mining operations. Pangolin chief...

29 july 2019

“There has been a strict policy in Israel against LGDs; have been forbidden on IDE trading floor for years.”: Aviel Elia, Managing Director- IDI

Aviel Elia, an attorney by profession, has served as Legal Adviser and Company Secretary of IDI since 2013. As a key member of the Israel Diamond Institute (IDI) management team, he has been involved in developing company strategy and negotiating...

22 july 2019

DRC working with DDI to improve artisanal miners’ working conditions, says WDC

17 may 2018
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently working to improve the working conditions for artisanal miners within traceability standards proposed by the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), according to the World Diamond Council (WDC).
The council, which last week dispatched its acting president Stephane Fischler and executive director Marie-Chantal to meet with the country’s key stakeholders involved in the Kimberley Process (KP), said there was also need to involve the miners’ communities in further discussions on the future of diamond mining in the DRC. 
The central African country now had 200,000 artisanal miners that were registered by the (DDI) with the support of the ministry of mines.
“The DRC government and mining agencies recognize the importance of working to formalise the artisanal miners and expressed commitment to improving traceability, for which their efforts merit recognition,” said Kaninda.
 “Our discussions were extremely valuable and we look forward to continue building these relationships and participating in similar meetings with stakeholders in Angola later this summer.” 
Meanwhile, Fischler said it was crucial to have the interpersonal interactions and hear the opinions of stakeholders as they work through the KP reform process.
“It is a process that requires time and discussions with both those that are impacted and those that implement the Kimberley Process in their countries,” he said.
“These productive discussions help us identify where progress is being made and where there remains room for necessary improvement.”

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