Part 2: KPCSC wants Russia to help end impasse on new definition of conflict diamonds

In the first installment of this two-part exclusive interview with Shamiso Mtisi, the coordinator of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC), we focused on illegal diamond mining in the continent and where the contraband ends up...


Part 1: KPCSC gives insight into illegal diamond mining, trading in Africa

Although the diamond watchdog Kimberley Process (KP) prides itself for significantly reducing the flow of conflict goods since its establishment in 2003, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) alleged that illegal diamond...

18 october 2021

The jewelry industry in Russia needs to be upgraded in a serious way

Dina Nasyrova is a vice-president of the International Jewelry Exhibition-Congress J-1 recently hosted by the Atrium of Gostiny Dvor in Moscow. As a partner and the Muse of the famous jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, she actively participated in the preparation...

11 october 2021

Smiling Rocks, a philanthropic business model, inspires companies to work for betterment of the world

Zulu Ghevriya, the CEO and Co-Founder of Smiling Rocks, Founder of Vedantti Jewellery and Managing Director of Prism Group has been in the diamond and jewellery industry for over 20 years. Zulu started his business, Prism Group, as a natural diamond...

04 october 2021

Work hard and you will find success

Eduard Utkin, Director General of the “Jewellers’ Guild of Russia” Association, expert of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Committee on Precious Metals and Precious Stones, told R&P about implementing the SIIS PMPS (State Integrated Information...

27 september 2021

Exploration may reveal Arkhangelsk Province has huge diamond potential

11 december 2019
news_11122019_arctic.pngOnly exploration performed in the Arkhangelsk Province can confirm the inferred diamond reserves and help discover new promising deposits. This was stated by Viktor Ikonnikov, Deputy Chairman of the Arkhangelsk Province Government for Project Activities at the IX International Forum, “Arctic: Present and Future” held last week in Saint Petersburg, according to REGNUM.
“Exploration for our region is a strategically important issue. The Arctic zone of the Arkhangelsk Province is rich in minerals. For example, we have more than 200 million carats of proven diamond reserves currently in commercial development. And, according to research, the amount of diamonds that can be discovered in the future is about 700 million carats. For this, it is necessary to conduct exploration. It is clear that this process is not simple and involves certain risks,” Ikonnikov said.
There are only two companies engaged in diamond mining in the Arkhangelsk Province - AGD DIAMONDS and Severalmaz.
It was previously reported that in the nine months of 2019, the companies produced a total of 5 million tons of ore and extracted 6.77 million carats of diamonds.

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