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

Handy brochure on new company code at AWDC reception desk

09 july 2019

Brochures providing an overview of the main changes to the Belgian Company Code are now available at the AWDC reception desk.
These brochures have been created by the Belgian Employers Federation (FEB/VBO) and are available in English, French and Dutch (also digitally). 
The new Belgian Company Code entered into force on the 1st of May 2019. The aim of this new law is to make the legislation more flexible for entrepreneurs and to simplify the landscape for various types of companies. 
AWDC advises all diamond traders to consult their trusted advisor in the coming months to obtain practical advice about the new company code, its potential implications and new possibilities for your company and to enable companies to review their articles of association to ensure they are in accordance with the new law. 
Existing companies can already opt-in for the new legislation, but it does not apply automatically yet. A transition period for existing companies is foreseen to enable them to comply with the new legal framework. By the 1st of January 2020, the mandatory provisions of the new law will apply automatically and will override any potentially conflicting elements in the articles of association. Everyone needs to make sure their company bylaws are in conformity with the new law no later than 1 January 2024.

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau