The Grib Diamond Mine: Geology, Ecology and Industrial Safety

Gennady Piven, First Deputy General Manager of AGD Diamonds JSC, talks about his work at the diamond fields in Yakutia and in the Arkhangelsk Province.

10 december 2018

I have a dream to see India become a world leader in high-end jewellery manufacturing - Sanjay Kothari

An industry leader who needs no introduction to the gem and jewellery industry is Sanjay Kothari…the former chairman of the GJEPC of India has held various positions in the Council including being Convener-Exhibitions for many years before becoming Convener-Promotions...

03 december 2018

Style always reflects culture

Reena Ahluwalia is a multifaceted artist …an award-winning jewelry designer, diamond painter, professor, speaker and a community builder and more. Recognized as one of the Top Masters of Jewelry Design and art in Canada, she has been creating jewelry...

26 november 2018

Botswana Diamonds’ Campbell on Alrosa exit: no exploration JV lasts forever

Botswana Diamonds is currently in talks with a major diamond producer interested in taking over a stake in Sunland Minerals previously owned by Alrosa. The Sunland joint venture was established in 2014 to test existing Alrosa exploration technology on...

19 november 2018

If real gems are replaced by artificial stones, it is not the difference in value that sellers may cheat you out, but the very idea that you are to obtain along with a jewelry piece made from a genuine stone

Elena Titova is the Director of the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum. The museum, which she heads, was founded fairly recently (less than 40 years ago), but it is one of the most popular and stylish museums of Moscow, famous, among other things...

12 november 2018

IDE bans two traders for switching natural diamonds with lab grown stones

06 august 2018
The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) has banned two bourse members for allegedly replacing natural diamonds of D-color, high-clarity polished diamonds weighing 3 to 5 carats with lab-grown stones, says a report in diamonds.net.
The suspect traders visited a company’s office in the bourse to view the goods.The firm later discovered the misdeed when it checked the three stones in a detection machine. Closed-circuit television footage helped the firm track down the suspects.
The case involved “switching stones worth hundreds of thousands of dollars at the expense of another bourse member,” Israel Vanchovsky, the IDE’s deputy director general had reportedly said earlier last week. However, the Bourse executives investigated the case and reported the suspected fraud to the police last week.
While IDE has expelled one of the trade members for life, it has banned the other suspect for 37 months, ensuring that he has to go through the full admission process if he wishes to return to the bourse.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished