“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

Anantha Padmanaban elected Chairman & Shaankar Sen as Vice Chairman of GJC

09 january 2019

logo_gjc.pngThe All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) has elected Anantha Padmanaban as Chairman and Shaankar Sen as Vice Chairman for a period of two years.
Anantha Padmanaban of NAC Jewellers Ltd. has been closely associated with GJC since its inception. Over the years, he has successfully conceptualised and executed innovative programmes for the benefit of the Industry. He was instrumental in addressing many issues like excise, GST, custom duty, PMLA etc.
Anantha Padmanaban, Chairman GJC, stated, “I am grateful to the Board and it is an honour to accept the responsibility of steering the national domestic council. We shall work closely with the Government and take up various issues facing the industry.” 
The new Vice Chairman Shaankar Sen of Senco Group is known for his vision to create benchmarks in gold, silver and fashion jewellery that reflects excellence in design and artistry. He said: “It is my proud privilege to work for the growth of this pivotal trade organisation and contribute my vision for the development of its member jewellers across region. There is a need for the industry to become more organised and compliant. GJC will continue to create better and newer platforms for the industry”.

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