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

Diamantaire raises negative issues of lab-grown diamonds on the diamond industry

08 july 2019
For many years now, the issue of lab-grown diamonds or synthetic diamonds their impact on the natural diamond industry have been debated but in vain.
Leibish Polnauer, owner of Leibish & Co. Fancy Colored Diamonds, has recently published a video in which he raises several interesting questions on the matter.
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Speaking about the way the production of diamonds in factories can affect the natural diamond industry, he asserts that the natural diamond industry employs hundreds of thousands, from mining and processing to marketing and trade. He also adds that the natural diamond industry employs people in countries where employment options are limited, and gives many people the ability to earn a decent living.
Leibish in his video asks whether the lab-grown diamond industry can provide a solution for the people employed in the industry today, and who are at risk of losing their livelihood.
Leibish points out that the producers of synthetic stones also try to brand them as environmental, since they are produced in factories and not in mines. According to Leibish, this is a false claim, and goes contrary to the current global trend of seeking and purchasing more natural materials.
Lab-grown diamonds, Leibish says, are synthetics goods, printed and duplicated like any other factory-made product. Another issue Leibish tackles is the marketing of synthetics. He says that De Beers, a major player in diamond mining, now promotes synthetics as well, thereby harming its main product, the natural diamonds. According to him, this move hurts not only De Beers but the entire industry.

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