“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

Nature gave Russia a soccer ball shaped diamond

09 july 2018

ALROSA, the largest mining company in the world, announced the recovery of a diamond in the shape of a soccer ball. The stone was mined on July 4 at Karinsky-1 pipe in Arkhangelskaya region. It was developed by ALROSA’s subsidiary Severalmaz. The diamond weights 0.5 ct and reaches 3.5 x 3.2 mm in size.

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Image credit: ALROSA


“Despite its small size, this is a unique founding. Nature creates different strange forms, but we recovered a soccer ball shaped diamond for the first time,” said ALROSA CEO Sergey Ivanov.
The Governor of Arkhangelsky region, where the stone was recovered, suggested that they name the stone “Igor Akinfeev” to honor the goalkeeper of Russian National Football team. “Noteworthy is that the diamond was found on the eve of the quarter-finals, which our team reached thanks largely to a brilliant game of Igor Akinfeev,” said the Head of the region Igor Orlov.