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

ALROSA continues to fight against undisclosed synthetics - media

01 july 2019

alrosa_logo.jpgALROSA decided to assign identification numbers to its diamonds to combat the illegal sale of synthetic diamonds, the damage from which amounts to $ 450-480 million annually, RBC reports.
The agency quoted the Director of the United Selling Organization ALROSA, Evgeny Agureev, who said that the market volume of synthetic stones amounts to 2-4 million carats, 80% of which are sold like natural. It causes damage to the global industry of 3% of the total turnover, the report says.
“Globally, this is big money, considering the size of the diamond market which stands at $15–16 billion,” Evgeny Agureev was quoted as saying.
To combat illegal diamond selling, ALROSA launched a digital platform that will serve as a kind of diamond database. Each stone will be assigned a passport with the date and place of recovery, data on color and purity.
The company adopted such a measure in order to protect its customers from the acquisition of undisclosed synthetics.

Victoria Quiri, Correspondent of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Strasbourg