“Lab-Grown Diamonds is probably the biggest scam this industry has ever seen,”: Leibish Polnauer, Founder-President, Leibish & Co.

An interesting story from the Leibish & Co takes you way back to the year 1979 when young Leibish Polnauer, then a diamond polisher, was travelling to London, having just found out that the factory at which he worked had been shut down. He found an advertisement...

24 june 2019

Botswana mining industry players speak on speculative exploration licences

Speculative mineral exploration licences was a recurring theme from presentations made by three players in Botswana mining industry at a conference convened in Gaborone. The country has issued thousands of exploration licences, across the mining industry...

17 june 2019

Design is the key to all markets

Besides being an astute businessman, Mumbai-born Laksh Pahuja is a designer par excellence known globally for his awe-inspiring unusual jewellery pieces. Trained at the Gemological Institute of India and Harrow College of Art England, Laksh combines...

10 june 2019

Mutual mass destruction will not serve anybody’s purposes

The recent moves by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), including its letters urging some companies to abide to the revised edition of FTC Jewelry Guides and the explanations from FTC attorney Robert Frisby posted on the FTC website were...

03 june 2019

Pavel Sokolov: Every stone has its beauty

THE ‘GEMSTONES BY SOKOLOV’ brand has been popular for over 25 years. The aim of this company is to supply any kind of gem studs to the Russian market including the unique ones except diamonds of any cut. The product range by the SOKOLOV Company is very...

27 may 2019

China will have its large diamonds polished in Israel

04 july 2018
A new manufacturing facility that the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) and Israel Diamond Institute (IDI) are now building within the IDE complex will polish large diamonds from China.
IDE President Yoram Dvash and Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) President Lin Qiang met last week to sign a historic MOU between the two bourses that will help the two countries cooperate, including making available offices and spaces for trading, easing the way for members of each bourse to join the other, and allowing participation in courses given by each of the exchanges. Under the agreement the countries will help each other develop their diamond industries.
“This is a very unusual situation, whereby Chinese diamantaires will send their large diamonds to be polished in Israel. It is testimony to the well-known expertise of the Israeli polishers and the technological advances of the industry here,” said IDE President Yoram Dvash. “The establishment of our new polishing plant for large stones is part of the technological revolution we are implementing at IDE, which includes the launching of the largest online store in the world for selling diamonds. Technology is the way to lead the industry on a successful path to the future, especially in light of the recent challenges we have been facing.”
IDE and IDI are investing over $3 million in building the new plant for polishing large diamonds, which will be the most technologically advanced facility in the world.    

Victoria Quiri, Rough&Polished