“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

Armenia increases tax on imports of gold and diamonds from non-EAEU countries

05 march 2019

The Armenian government has decided to consistently increase the tax on imported gold and diamonds from the non-EAEU countries, Sputnik quoted the Minister of Economic Development and Investments Tigran Khachatryan as saying.
This year, the tax on imports of gold and diamonds will increase by 3%.
"From January 1, a 3% duty will be applied to imports of diamond and gold products. In 2020, the duty will reach 6%, and in 2021 it will go up 10% for gold and 9% for diamonds, in 2022 it will rise by 15%,’’ the agency quoted Khachatryan as saying.
According to the report, an income tax increase will strengthen the position of local business.

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