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

Indian gem and jewellery manufacturers have the skill and capabilities to cater to any market in the world

Besides spearheading the “White Paper” last year, Colin Shah, Vice Chairman of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has been actively involved in the initiatives of the Council like MyKYCBank and many more… A first generation...

11 february 2019

The Indian gems and jewellery industry was progressing in the past and will certainly progress in the future

Dinesh Navadiya, the Regional Chairman (Gujarat Region) of The Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India, is also the representative of the Gujarat G&J sector at various organisations as well as government authorities...

04 february 2019

The Russian Diamond Line: We do not believe that gifted persons would win through on their own

The Russian Diamond Line, a Moscow international jewellery contest of jewellery design, has been held for a decade already. At the end of the year, the results of the jubilee RDL-2018 contest were summed up, and on December 14, the prizewinners of the...

28 january 2019

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...

21 january 2019

Namibia diamond trading company appoints new CEO

21 january 2019

Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC), a joint venture between the Namibian government and De Beers, has appointed Brent Eiseb as the new chief executive with effect from 1 January, according to local news reports citing the company’s board of directors.
Eiseb, who was the senior manager sales and marketing, took over Shihaleni Ellis Ndjaba who retired following 11 years at the helm of NDTC.
“The NDTC board of directors thank Ndjaba for his remarkable contribution to NDTC’s continued success,” NDTC board chairperson Paul Rowley was quoted as saying by the Namibia Economist.
“I wish him a wonderful and restful retirement and equally congratulate Eiseb on his new role and wishing him well as he takes on the leadership of NDTC.”  
Eiseb started his career in the diamond industry as a trainee sorter with De Beers 23 years ago.
He later joined the group’s rough diamond division and occupied several positions.
Eiseb also joined the sales team in London as a trainee key account manager after spending 10 years in the rough diamond division.
He returned to Namibia in December 2007 to take up the role of a key account manager and was in April 2010 appointed as the head of sales and marketing.
Eiseb relocated to Gaborone in 2011 to take up the role of vice president sales eastern hemisphere for De Beers global sightholder sales and he was responsible for leading the key accounts management teams for the Indian and the far east markets.
He returned home in May 2016 to take up the role of senior manager sales and marketing at NDTC and was said to be instrumental in the implementation of the new Namibian sorting, valuing, sales and marketing agreement.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished