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...

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“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

‘Qatar Show’ embraces evolution and growth for the 2019 edition

15 february 2019

Organisers of the Qatar Show have announced the 16th edition of the exhibition, which will be held between 20 and 25 February at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC). The six-day business-to-consumer (B2C) event, presented by Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) and delivered by Auditoire, will feature more than 500 brands from over 10 countries. Representing the beginning of a new chapter with the 2019 edition, the organisers announced the new name "Qatar Show", which will continue to solidify its position as a bespoke jewellery show attracting luxury seekers from across the world. Ahmed Al Obaidli from QNTC commented, "This is Qatar Show's sixteenth consecutive year, and the large number of participants from across the globe - from Geneva to Mumbai, to Paris and Beirut - shows the confidence that international, regional, and local brands have in the Qatari market. It provides a remarkable networking platform for companies and visitors in Qatar and beyond, and displays Qatar's renowned hospitality, and world-class exhibition and conference infrastructure capabilities including showrooms, facilities, and organisers." 

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