GOLDNET.MARKET - “We want and are working to provide business with the opportunity to develop a lot of activity areas”

Today, almost all jewellery companies have their own wholesale websites, online stores, and social media pages. But a year ago, GOLDNET.MARKET, the first jewellery wholesale marketplace appeared in Russia, a new effective tool for the jewellery market...

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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

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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

Rights groups want Zim diamonds barred from world markets

20 june 2019

Rights groups meeting at the Kimberley Process (KP) reform meetings underway in Mumbai, India are pushing for Zimbabwean diamonds to be classified as “conflict diamonds” and barred from world markets, according to media reports.
NewZWire reports that the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) are lobbying for a new definition of conflict diamonds, which will include reference to “public security forces or private (including criminal or mercenary) armed groups”, as well as to “systemic and widespread violence, forced labour, the worst forms of child labour and violations of international humanitarian law”.
This, if approved, could restrict market access for Zimbabwean and Angolan gems.
 “To some, this may all sound like old news”, Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) head Farai Maguwu was quoted as saying.
“But for affected communities, it remains today’s tragedy.”
CNRG appealed to the UN last April to classify Zimbabwean stones as “blood diamonds”. 
Tiffany’s said at the time that it would not buy diamonds from Angola and Zimbabwe. 
Head of the Zimbabwean Environmental Lawyers Association Shamiso Mtisi said it was increasingly difficult to ignore links between diamonds and ethics issues like violence.
“The only way to counter these negative associations is to stop them from happening,” he said.
The activists plan to lobby for Zimbabwean diamonds to be banned at a UN meeting this September. 
State-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company is planning to boost its output this year to 4.1 million carats from 2.8 million carats in 2018.

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