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...


“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

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

De Beers Canada helps local communities

28 december 2018
de_beers_logo.pngDe Beers Canada said that its employees helped local communities where they work during this holiday season. 
The company provided more than $37,000 toward Christmas community events, hampers for families in need and other holiday programs in the First Nations partner communities in the NWT.
In Calgary, 14 workers helped a non-profit organisation - Made by Momma - which provides meals and other things to more than 100 Calgarian families. 
In Sudbury, office colleagues of the exploration division collected blankets and winter clothing to donate them to the poor at warming shelters and Out of the Cold dinners. 
The company workers also collected cases of water for the homeless people. They will be distributed to them during the hot summer. 
In Yellowknife, employees raised more than $4,500 for the NWT SPCA during a silent auction of donated items during their annual Christmas party. To date, more than $11,000 has been raised for the NWT SPCA from auctions at their Christmas parties since 2016.

Victoria Quiri, Correspondent of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Strasbourg