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

ALROSA CEO meets the Chair of the Kimberley Process

17 may 2018
ALROSA CEO Sergey Ivanov held a business meeting with the Chair of the Kimberley Process (KP) Hilde Hardeman during her visit to Moscow.
At the business meeting, Ms. Hardeman and Mr. Ivanov discussed the agenda of the European Union's (EU) chairmanship in the KP in 2018, prospects of the further development of the KP and the improvement of the KP Certification Scheme. They brought up the ongoing reform of the organization including such areas as the establishment of a permanent KP Secretariat, the update of the Core Document and the strengthening of the Peer review mechanism. The position of the world diamond industry represented by the World Diamond Council (WDC) on these matters was formulated with ALROSA’s active participation. The parties also discussed countering the illegal penetration of synthetic diamonds to the market and setting distinction between the markets of rough diamonds and synthetic stones. During her trip, Ms. Hardeman also visited ALROSA facilities in Moscow.
Ms. Hilde Hardeman represents the EU, which is the Chair of the Kimberley Process this year. Under the KP rules, the chairmanship is rotated annually.
The Kimberley Process is a permanently active multinational conference aimed at excluding conflict diamonds from international trade channels. The Russian Federation joined the Kimberley Process in July 2000 and since then has been an active participant in its operations. The Ministry of Finance of Russia is the governing executive body in Russia that determines the country's policies within the KP.
ALROSA participates in KP's work as part of the WDC's delegation, the uniform representative of the industry with the Observer status. ALROSA has been a permanent member of the WDC's Board of Directors since the establishment of the organization in 2000.