De Beers’ GemFair delivering ‘positive impacts’ to ASM sector in Sierra Leone – David Johnson

GemFair, a pilot project developed by De Beers to create a secure and transparent route to market ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds, is already delivering “important positive impacts” in Sierra Leone. Group head...

11 november 2019

Belgian-quality diamond boiling in Dubai from TRIGEM

Born in New York, David Zabinsky is CEO & Co-Founder of TRIGEM, an independent diamond service provider in Dubai. Before TRIGEM, David was Manager at Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone, where he was responsible for securing North and South American investment...

05 november 2019

Pavel Shelkov: "Our project is an attempt to fit Russia into the global trend and create a new private company in the diamond industry"

At the end of September, Moscow hosted the Second Annual Conference, "Gold and Diamond Mining Companies of Russia and Europe." The audience showed great interest to the presentation made by diamond geologist Pavel Shelkov of Almazy Zapolyarya...

28 october 2019

The team that turns sleeping stones into beautiful polished diamonds

Maxim Zemlyakov is the Director General of ADMS OOO, a company cutting and polishing natural and synthetic diamonds in Oryol. He has been the Director General of Oryol-ALROSA since 2007. Before heading it, he worked as a grinder, cutter, instructor...

21 october 2019

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...

14 october 2019

Putin bestows awards to miners, metallurgists and artists

30 october 2019
President Vladimir Putin issued a decree bestowing state awards of the Russian Federation to a group of people working in the country’s mining and metallurgical industries. Andrey Varichev, Chief Executive Officer of the Metalloinvest Management Company was awarded the Order of Honor for his great contribution to the development of domestic industry and many years of fruitful activity. The Orders of Friendship were awarded to Vladimir Streshinsky, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Metalloinvest and Andrey Grachev, Department Director at the Norilsk Nickel Metals and Mining Company.
Also, the Presidential Decree dated October 28, 2019 awarded the Order of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called to composer Alexandra Pakhmutova, and the Orders for Merit to the Fatherland of II Class to artists Alisa Freindlikh and Oleg Basilashvili.

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