“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

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

Russian company sets a new world record producing a polished lab-grown diamond weighing 20.22 carats

14 january 2019
Russia’s New Diamond Technology based in St. Petersburg prepared another world record breaking surprise for the New Year in manufacturing especially large polished diamonds from lab-grown rough produced by the HPHT method. New Diamond Technology’s President Tamazi Khikhinashvili and its CEO Alexander Kolyadin told Rough&Polished that their company had used a diamond crystal type Ib weighing 55.94 carats to manufacture a cushion-cut polished diamond weighing 20.22 carats of Fancy Vivid Orange color and VS2 clarity. The diamond was named "Empress Elizabeth" after Russia’s most beautiful female monarch. 

Image credit: New Diamond Technology

The previous record set in 2016 also belonged to New Diamond Technology, which made a cushion-cut white diamond of G color and SI2 clarity weighing 15.32 carats.

Image credit: New Diamond Technology

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