New lending will have to be fully asset-backed with true provenance and transparency in the flow of goods and monies

After handling Gem & Jewellery (G&J) industry financing as a banker for many years, Erik A Jens sees an opportunity now that numerous banks are withdrawing from the sector. He is exploring opportunities to establishing a financing firm focusing...


The majority of women don’t care whether their diamonds are mined or lab grown - Alex Popov, CEO of Âme

Alex Popov, President of the Moscow Diamond Bourse and former Chairman of the World Diamond Mark Foundation (WDMF) launched a new jewelry brand under the name of Âme focused on design and using lab grown diamonds to produce jewelry meant to meet...

14 january 2019

At IDE, we encourage innovation throughout the bourse and have even opened a technological incubator to host start-ups - Yoram Dvash

A first generation diamantaire, Yoram Dvash founded ‘Y Dvash Diamonds Ltd’ in 1991 in Israel. While the company grew and made progress under his leadership, Dvash joined industry organizations such as the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association (IsDMA)...

09 january 2019

Cooperation and collaboration are the development trend of today

Pavel Grankin runs the Slava Group of companies and holds the Slava trademark (‘Slava’ means ‘Glory’ in Russian). He has graduated from the Mozhaisky Military Space Academy. He did his military service at the Plesetsk Сosmodrome from 1987 to...

04 january 2019

De Beers speaks on Zim invitation to explore for diamonds again

De Beers’ exploration team landed in Zimbabwe in 1993 and left in 2006, however, they first prospected for diamonds in Marange in the late 1990s. Harare, under the leadership of the then president Robert Mugabe, alleged that De Beers looted diamonds...

24 december 2018

Rare Bulgari Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ring is for sale at Christie’s in New York

09 november 2018

On 5 December in New York, an 8.08 carat cushion-cut Fancy Vivid Blue diamond mounted as a ring by Bulgari will be offered in the Magnificent Jewels  sale (estimate: $13,000,000-18,000,000).

Image credit: Christie's

Described as a ‘miracle of nature’, it is a rare masterpiece by the luxury Italian jewellers, and may be counted among the finest blue diamonds ever to have come to market.
So rare are blue diamonds that when a blue diamond ring designed by Graff jewellers came up at auction at Christie’s  in New York last year it realised $12.5 million.

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau in Brussels