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

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

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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...

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Work hard and you will find success

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Graff acquired a unique yellow diamond from ALROSA

24 december 2019

ALROSA sold its unique yellow Firebird diamond weighing 20.69 carats to Graff Diamonds.
The stone was produced by the ALROSA cutting and polishing division, the company said.
The final cost per carat has become one of the highest for such diamonds in recent years. Further details of the contract remain unveiled.
The diamond has been certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). 

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        Image credit: ALROSA


“This Fancy Vivid Yellow with high clarity and very special step-cut is truly unique. And one can only imagine the wealth of rough colors that comes from that fire that sparks the diamond’s lightness. It is extremely rare and very special in the world of diamonds to see unique yellow diamond like this,” said John King, GIA Chief Quality Officer.
Yellow Asscher-cut 20.69 ct diamond was graded by GIA as Fancy Vivid Yellow – VS1 – Excellent polish and symmetry. 
The diamond is a part of “The Spectacle” unique diamonds collection, dedicated to the Russian ballet.
“Firebird”, the legendary ballet show, premiered in 1910 at the Grand Opera in Paris. The ballet was the first of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes productions to have an all-original score composed.
Outstanding Firebird diamond was created from “Stravinsky”, a 34.17 ct rough diamond, bearing both rare honey-yellow overtones and incredible clarity. 

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