Demand will pick up once the season starts

N Anantha Padmanaban took charge as the Chairman of the All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) in January 2019. He has immense hopes and confidence in the Indian jewellery sector. His motto is to ‘ensure that after the day’s business...

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Prospects for discovering new diamond deposits in the Arkhangelsk Province are far from exhausted

ALMAZINTECH is engaged in technical auditing and comprehensive assessment of activities performed by exploration, diamond mining and gold mining businesses in Russia and other countries, as well as carries out research and development. It employs highly...

07 october 2019

Botswana Diamonds eyes expansion of Thorny River to include Marsfontein – Campbell

Botswana Diamonds, which has a 40% stake in Thorny River, through Vutomi, said there are plans to expand the project located in South Africa to include Marsfontein once a mining permit for the latter has been awarded. Company managing director James...

30 september 2019

Diamond knife and tender system: The tight-fisted paying twice?

LLC Kristalin is the only company in Russia that manufactures microsurgical diamond blades for domestic healthcare that meet international requirements and are used in ophthalmology, neurosurgery and plastic surgery. Mikhail Zhiltsov, the company’s Deputy...

23 september 2019

Didier Giard: Stiff competition among the diamantaires is one of the factors of the price war

On September 9, 2019, the French Association of Gemmology (l’Association Française de Gemmologie, AFG) held its regular Paris Gemmological Rendez-Vous. Its organizer, Didier Giar, the head of the AFG kindly agreed to answer questions from Rough&Polished...

16 september 2019

US detains Marange diamonds for use of forced labour

02 october 2019

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has detained rough diamonds from the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe as they were allegedly mined from forced labour. 
U.S law bars importation of goods made wholly or in part by forced labour, which includes convict labour, indentured labour, and forced or indentured child labour. 
It said the issuance of withhold release orders (WROs) was based on information it obtained and reviewed, which indicates that the products are produced, in whole or in part, using forced labour. 
CBP also detained gold from the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC), Bone black from Brazil, garments from China and rubber gloves from Malasia.
“A major part of CBP’s mission is facilitating legitimate trade and travel,” said Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan. 
“CBP’s issuing of these five withhold release orders shows that if we suspect a product is made using forced labor, we will take that product off U.S. shelves.”
CBP said it importers have the opportunity to either re-export the detained shipments at any time or to submit information to CBP demonstrating that the goods are not in violation.
Blue Nile, a US-based online jeweler, recently blacklisted diamonds from Zimbabwe due to alleged human rights abuses in Marange. 
Rights groups have been pushing for Zimbabwean diamonds to be classified as “conflict diamonds” and barred from world markets.  
The Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) appealed to the United Nations last April to classify Zimbabwean stones as “blood diamonds”.   
Tiffany’s said at the time that it will not buy diamonds from Zimbabwe.   
State-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company is planning to boost its output this year to 4.1 million carats from 2.8 million carats in 2018.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished