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

Rio Tinto celebrates its 30-year Indo-Argyle partnership

01 july 2019
news_06072018_riotinto.pngCelebrating its diamonds business in India, mining giant Rio Tinto celebrated its 30 years of extraordinary Indo-Argyle partnership in India, with a tribute in Mumbai recently, according to a press release from Rio Tinto.
At a celebratory dinner for its customers and diamond industry partners, Rio Tinto’s management reflected on the groundbreaking partnership that began with the first influx of diamonds from the Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia in the 1980s. Alan Chirgwin, Vice President of sales and marketing for Rio Tinto’s Copper & Diamonds business said, “Our Mumbai office was opened in 1989 in recognition of the growing importance of India as a major trading partner and diamond cutting centre. The Indo-Argyle relationship has thrived on mutual respect and understanding. It gave the owners of Argyle considerable assurance, in June 1996, that it could take the lonely path of being the first diamond producer to independently market all of its production.”
Rio Tinto initiatives undertaken in partnership with the Indian diamond industry include the ‘Indo Argyle Diamond Council’ in 1993 to create awareness and acceptance of Indian-made diamond jewellery in the US. More recently, Rio Tinto’s Australian Diamonds initiative in India has delivered a leading-edge tracking system for Argyle diamonds, developed in collaboration with downstream partners, for monitoring the movement of Rio Tinto’s rough Australian diamonds from their source at the Argyle mine through to finished jewellery.
Vikram Merchant, director of Rio Tinto’s diamond sales and marketing business in India said, “Thirty years ago, very few people would have predicted that India would become the powerhouse of the diamond industry that it is today. Rio Tinto is proud of the role of the Argyle diamond mine in this development and equally proud of the Indian diamond industry’s role in unlocking the beauty and value of our diamonds.”

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