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Antonio Cecere, the Founder & VP of Monaco Diamond Exchange dons many caps simultaneously. Currently, he is the President of Geneva Diamond Exchange, the President of Diamond Investment Club and the Principal of the Cecere Group. Antonio’s ability to...

15 april 2019

Jewellery with diamonds, even with small ones, sells better than without diamonds

The Yakut jewellery firm Kierge was set up 25 years ago on the basis of the jewellery workshop PKF Yakutrembyttekhnika which, in its turn, was founded way back in the 1970s. Over this period, Kierge turned into a well-established company successfully...

08 april 2019

Lucapa’s Wetherall on the past, present and the future

Lucapa Diamond chief executive Stephen Wetherall recently attended a mining conference, in Cape Town South Africa, where he met Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa and granted him an exclusive interview. They discussed Angola’s first international diamond...

01 april 2019

India’s gem and jewellery industry expects the government will consider its demand for lower import duty on raw materials

A go-getter at heart, with an attitude to match, Pramod Kumar Agrawal, Chairman of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India is a man in a hurry. He has not left any stone unturned to bring back the Indian gem & jewellery...

25 march 2019

“Only do business with clients who have impeccable integrity,” suggests Davy Blommaert, banker

Davy Blommaert heads the Diamond Business at National Bank of Fujairah, which falls under the bank’s corporate and institutional banking division. With nearly 10 years of experience in the diamond industry, he was tasked to establish a unit within NBF...

18 march 2019

Details emerge on Angola’s proposed rough diamonds trading policy

05 july 2018
The Angolan government reportedly approved a new policy of rough diamonds trading last week, which will guarantee an effective system, but details were sketchy.
However, Reuters has this week claimed to have seen a draft presidential decree that revealed a plan to set the price of rough diamonds against an international benchmark and give producers greater influence to pick their own buyers.
Diamond producers like Catoca would be allowed to sell up to 60 percent of their output to companies of their choice, as well as to their own trading divisions, breaking Sodiam’s power to select buyers.
Reuters also claimed that stones would also be priced according to a benchmark based on a sample of typical nationally-produced stones, along with an evaluation using a price list “in line with the international market”.
The southern African country was also set to introduce sales sessions for pre-approved diamond buyers, while rare stones would be individually placed under the hammer.
The ministry of natural resources and oil would also now have the power to appoint independent evaluators.
These would arbitrate in any disputes and set more open criteria by which Sodiam selects buyers, giving priority to polishers and jewellery makers over middlemen.

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