Unifying role is the main objective of the National Gemological Association

Yuri Shelementiev runs the Gemological Centre (GC) at the Moscow State University and is a president of the National Gemological Association (NGA) uniting the gemologists of Russia. The head of the MSU’ GC and the NGA answered the R&P’s...

15 july 2019

“Our goal is to bring clarity to the offering of Lab Grown Diamonds”, asserts Chris Casey, President, Lab Grown Diamond Council

Chris Casey is a 15-year veteran of the diamond and jewelry industry.  Chris also has extensive experience in market research as Founding Managing Director of the NPD Diamond and Diamond Jewelry Service where his responsibility included the...

08 july 2019

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki: Our dedication to scientific research is an important foundation to our expertise

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki, PhD, Director of the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, in an interview with R&P told about the activities and plans of one of the world's leading Gemological laboratories specializing in scientific research of diamonds...

01 july 2019

“Lab-Grown Diamonds is probably the biggest scam this industry has ever seen,”: Leibish Polnauer, Founder-President, Leibish & Co.

An interesting story from the Leibish & Co takes you way back to the year 1979 when young Leibish Polnauer, then a diamond polisher, was travelling to London, having just found out that the factory at which he worked had been shut down. He found an advertisement...

24 june 2019

Botswana mining industry players speak on speculative exploration licences

Speculative mineral exploration licences was a recurring theme from presentations made by three players in Botswana mining industry at a conference convened in Gaborone. The country has issued thousands of exploration licences, across the mining industry...

17 june 2019

India’s cut and polished diamond exports down by 15.12% in May

26 june 2019
india_flag.pngIndia’s exports of cut and polished diamonds decreased by 15.12% year-on-year during the month of May 2019 according to the provisional data released by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).
Exports of cut and polished diamonds recorded $ 1.88 bln in May 2019, a decline of 15.12% as compared to the $ 2.21 bn exported in May 2018.
Rough imports dropped during the month by 35.42% to $ 1.0 bln as compared to $ 1.55 bln imported during May 2018. In volume terms also, rough imports fell from 16.92 mn carats during May 2018 to 11.08 mn carats in May 2019.
Imports of cut and polished diamonds rose by 4.76% to $ 94.44 mln in May 2019 from $ 93.08 mn in May 2018.
Polished diamond exports during April – May 2019 were down 16.32% to $ 3.52 bln as against the $ 4.21 bn exported over the same period in 2018. Imports of polished diamonds fell by 17.05% to $ 172.07 mln as compared to $ 207.45 mln for the same period in 2018.
Import of rough diamonds showed a decline of 20.27% during the current fiscal year to $ 2.44 bln from $ 3.07 bln a year earlier. In volume terms, imports fell by 22.87% from 32.33 mln cts in April – May 2018 to 24.93 mln cts in the same period in the current fiscal.

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