“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...


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

AGD Diamonds recovered a 66.95-carat diamond and named it after Anatoly Stankovsky

04 march 2019

AGD Diamonds said that it had unearthed a gem quality diamond weighing 66.95 ct at the Grib diamond deposit and named it after Anatoly Stankovsky. 
The large diamond was recovered on February 7, 2019 and is the fourth company’s stone named after a remarkable Russian character.  

            Image credit: AGD Diamonds

AGD Diamonds decided to assign names to unique diamonds in order to commemorate the fact of their recovery and honour the memory of outstanding people of Russia.
Anatoly Stankovsky made a huge contribution to the development of the diamond industry in Russia. He is the discoverer of the M. Lomonosov diamond deposit, holder of the Prize "Achiever in mineral prospecting", winner of the USSR State Prize "For the discovery and preparation for the development of new mineral deposits", an honorary citizen of the Primorsky district of the Arkhangelsk Province, the author of a number of monographs and books on diamonds, geology, and other geographical topics.
AGD Diamonds is developing the V. Grib diamond deposit in the Arkhangelsk Province. In February 2017, the company recovered a diamond weighing 181.68 carats, named “Archangel Michael”, and in June 2018, the company produced a diamond weighing 57.03 carats, which was named after the pioneering geologist Nikolai Koltsov. Later in 2018, AGD mined a stone weighing 56.35 carats, which received the name "Vitaly Fortygin" in honour of one of the country's outstanding geologists.

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