Colorless diamonds as an investment class are evolving beyond their traditional ability to preserve, relocate and pass on wealth

Antonio Cecere, the Founder & VP of Monaco Diamond Exchange dons many caps simultaneously. Currently, he is the President of Geneva Diamond Exchange, the President of Diamond Investment Club and the Principal of the Cecere Group. Antonio’s ability to...

15 april 2019

Jewellery with diamonds, even with small ones, sells better than without diamonds

The Yakut jewellery firm Kierge was set up 25 years ago on the basis of the jewellery workshop PKF Yakutrembyttekhnika which, in its turn, was founded way back in the 1970s. Over this period, Kierge turned into a well-established company successfully...

08 april 2019

Lucapa’s Wetherall on the past, present and the future

Lucapa Diamond chief executive Stephen Wetherall recently attended a mining conference, in Cape Town South Africa, where he met Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa and granted him an exclusive interview. They discussed Angola’s first international diamond...

01 april 2019

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...

25 march 2019

“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

Damas Jewellery appoints Asil Attar as its first female CEO

14 february 2019

news_14022019_attar.pngDamas Jewellery has appointed Asil Attar as its first female CEO. 
''We are delighted to have our very first female chief executive officer on board," said Hamdi Chatti, executive chairman of Damas Jewellery. "Attar is known for her transformational work and proficiency in implementing visionary strategies while having a keen eye for fashion. All of that makes Attar an invaluable asset for our business.”
Attar, who assumed her position on February 3, has 25 years of experience in the industry, working with brands such as Coach, The Giorgio Armani Group, and as the CEO of Majid Al Futtaim and Al Yasra Fashion.
Damas Jewellery brand was founded in 1907 as a goldsmith. It opened its first store in Dubai's Gold Souq in 1959 and is still operating the store to this day.
Today Damas has an extensive portfolio of over 40 international luxury brands and in-house brands. With 230 stores spread across GCC, it has secured a global trademark.

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