We live in a new dimension of environmental responsibility carried by business

In mid-October, Moscow hosted the VIII Ecological Forum attended by representatives from the State, large industrial companies, scientific and public organizations. The forum delegates discussed the issues related to finding a balance between the socio-economic...


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

Suspected diamond smugglers nabbed in SA’s Western Cape

31 october 2019

Five men were arrested after they were allegedly found in possession of unpolished diamonds in their truck in the Western Cape Province, in South Africa, according to the local media.
Police spokesperson Mihlali Majikela was quoted by News24 as saying that they nabbed the five following a tip-off.
Police, he said, found one diamond under a mat and 10 more in the diesel tank. 
"The diamonds were discovered to be real after a test was conducted," said Majikela
“However, their monetary value is yet to be determined.”
South Africa's Serious Organised Crime Investigation arrested a 37-year-old man who was trading fake diamonds for R40 000 in the Northern Cape Province last June. 
Two men, believed to be from Namibia, were also arrested in Western Cape, South Africa in May after they were found in possession of rough diamonds valued at R1.5 million. 
Another Namibian man swallowed diamonds last April shortly after his arrest by police following a sting operation in Strand, 50km east of Cape Town, in South Africa.   
The man identified was kept under guard and accompanied by police when he went to the toilet.   
The diamonds were successfully excreted from the body.

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