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

WDC advocates for responsible diamond sourcing

01 june 2018
The World Diamond Council (WDC) said there is need for change and improvement in the manner in which the Kimberley Process (KP) operates so the organisation can continue making a positive difference in responsible diamond sourcing. 
Council executive director Marie-Chantal Kaninda, who addressed the U.S. State Department officials and civil society members last Thursday, said areas that needed change included the scope of conflict diamonds, KP’s minimum standards, and long term implementation of the diamond watchdog directives through a permanent secretariat.
She also asked the U.S. State Department officials to support the changes by exercising their voting rights as KP members. 
Kaninda said there was need for diamond consumers to continue to insist on ethically sourced products.
Meanwhile, WDC acting president Stephane Fischler said Kaninda’s presentation was an important opportunity for the council to continue spreading the diamond industry message of accountability, action and meaningful outcomes. 
“We must all come together with one common purpose and fulfill the duty of care owed to diamond producing communities to protect their right to a secure, healthy and prosperous livelihood,” he said.
“We also hold our responsibility to consumers in the highest regard, those who buy our products with an expectation that the diamonds are ethically and responsibly sourced.”
The WDC presentation was part of a series hosted by the U.S. State Department Office of Threat Finance Countermeasures, which advances policies that seek to minimise the funding available to groups that pose a threat to domestic, international and regional security. 

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