Diamex Lab: Our technology allows you to trace the history of the origin of each stone

Gleb Sverdlov, CEO of Diamex Lab told Rough & Polished in his interview below about the development of IT technologies for the market of rough and polished diamonds and jewelry.

17 february 2020

The future of the market goes hand in hand with gemology

After 2019, a challenging year for the global diamond industry, we asked Yuri Shelementyev, head of the Moscow State University (MSU) Gemmological Center and president of the National Gemological Association (NGA), to share his views...

10 february 2020

Diamond industry in healthier position going into 2020

The diamond industry is in a healthier position going into 2020 due to actions taken last year, according to De Beers. Group spokesperson David Johnson told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa that the actions taken included reducing rough diamond production...

03 february 2020

Ethical sourcing and Diamonds Standards Organization

The diamond sector is ready to embrace a new decade and overcome some of its historical challenges. Ethical sourcing has proven to be undoubtedly one of the main aspects that industry professionals need to address. Antonio Cecere, President of Geneva...

27 january 2020

Ali Pastorini: Challenges make us think out of the box and be closer to customers

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of DEL LIMA JEWERLY and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together more than 1,000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

20 january 2020

Tiffany & Co training Africans cut, polish locally-sourced diamonds – report

15 april 2019

Tiffany & Co, which has factories in Botswana and Mauritius, is training Africans in cutting and polishing of diamonds sourced from the region, according to a news report.
More than a quarter of the company’s 1 500 global diamond cutters and polishers were said to be now based in Africa.
Bloomberg reports that the move to hire and train African polishers and cutters comes as Tiffany seeks to be completely transparent about how its diamonds progress from deep underground to the engagement rings.
The New York-based company was currently sourcing diamonds from mines in South Africa, Namibia and Sierra Leone.
However, company chief executive Alessandro Bogliolo said they won’t source diamonds from Angola and Zimbabwe because of the alleged human-rights situation in the two southern African countries.
Botswana was the only African country where Tiffany both buys and prepares its stones. 
“If you buy from a world-class brand, it’s because you trust that this brand has done all that is humanly possible to guarantee that the product is not only crafted to the highest standard, but also ethical and traceable in its manufacturing,’’Bogliolo was quoted as saying.
He said the company was also considering opening a store in South Africa as it was an “interesting market”.
“There’s no doubt that we will have a more robust presence on this continent,” said Bogliolo. “It’s just a matter of finding the right location and the critical mass in order to have a sustainable business.”

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