“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...


Russia’s export legislation is like a log on the road making it difficult to drive through

Eduard Utkin, General Manager of the Russian Jewellers Guild Association, which is a member of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry, answers the questions from Rough & Polished regarding the activities of the country’s professional...

11 march 2019

Botswana mum on new demands as negotiations with De Beers draw closer

Botswana said it will begin new diamond marketing and sales negotiations with De Beers in June or July this year. Mineral resources minister Eric Molale told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa on the sidelines of a mining conference in Cape Town, South...

04 march 2019

DLX-jewellery will focus more on colour stone designed pieces as well as diamond jewellery sets going forward - Jack Chen, General Manager, DLX-Jewellery

Graduating in International Business from an Institute in Sydney, Australia, in 2015, Jack Chen returned to China to start managing his family-owned jewellery business. Besides holding a certificate in a practical diamond course at Gemological Institute...

25 february 2019

Ali Pastorini: “We have to change a little the way to sell the idea that buying jewelry is just for glamour”

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of DEL LIMA JEWERLY and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together approximately 1000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

18 february 2019

Diamond firms Niru Group & EZ Diamonds to merge

27 december 2018

Niru Group and EZ Diamonds, both manufacturers and specialists in small high-quality diamonds, are merging their polished diamond operations into a joint business. Both produce diamonds typically used by watch and jewellery makers with thousands of calibrated assortments.
EZ Diamonds, a De Beers Sightholder, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of small excellent-make round diamonds from 0.01 to 0.75 ct. Headquartered in the Israel Diamond Exchange, it has facilities and offices in New York, Belgium, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

Image credit: Niru Diamonds

Niru Diamonds, a De Beers Sightholder and member of the ALROSA Alliance, manufactures highly calibrated rounds, and princess, baguette and emerald shapes at a plant in Sri Lanka.
According to both the companies, their identified synergies in operating together would create a leading supplier of round and fancy cut diamonds, and provide advantages for their clients.

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