Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

Huw Daniel is the CEO of Platinum Guild International, overseeing market development activities in China, Japan, India and the USA, on behalf of the platinum producers of South Africa. Before taking up this role in 2015, Huw ran PGI USA for 12 years...

13 september 2021

Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in...

06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

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23 august 2021

De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

De Beers inaugurated its GemFair pilot programme in Sierra Leone’s Kono District with 14-member mine sites in 2018 to create a secure route to market for ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale diamonds. GemFair programme manager Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg...

16 august 2021

Lab Grown Diamond Council formed in NY

17 may 2019
The Lab Grown Diamond Council (LGDC) was launched on 16, May 2019 in New York. The Mission of the LGDC is to develop and implement a multi-tiered, international communications program designed to increase the awareness of, knowledge about, and demand for Lab Grown Diamonds, says press note from LGDC.
“Many leading companies in the Lab Grown market have approached me over the last year regarding the need for focused, research based messaging on Advocacy, Communications and Education of the unique offering of Lab Grown Diamonds,” said Michael Barlerin, Chairman of the LGDC. “The LGDC creates the platform to both develop and deliver on these needs,” he added.
LGDC is launching a series of new initiatives in support of the Lab Grown Diamond market. These efforts include research services, focusing both on retail performance and consumer attitudes; social media consumer outreach; and the clarification, with third party verification, of industry sustainability.
LGDC Membership is open to all companies active or contemplating entry into the Lab Grown Diamond Market. Membership categories include Producers, consisting of both Growers and Equipment Manufacturers, Suppliers, Retailers, and Associates. “LGDC has been established to create a unified voice to maximize the growth of Lab Grown Diamonds,” said Chris Casey, President of LGDC. “Our intent is to provide Members with the tools they need to continue to drive the growth of this revolutionary product.”

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