Young Diamantaires: We create initiatives for the benefit of diamond communities worldwide

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses recently launched its Young Diamantaires website. The organization has worked for the past four years with young members of the diamond community all over the world to create a platform through which they can express...

29 june 2020

Those who implement the right anti-crisis strategies have more chances

It is not surprising that because of the pandemic and the crisis, the most heated debate in the jewellery industry is about what is happening and the possible ways of survival. Irina Slesareva, an expert, art director of the Russian Diamond Line contest...

22 june 2020

The secondary diamond market in Russia is not mature although its prospects are huge

Pavel Barannik, the founder and head of the Moscow Gemological Laboratory, the founder of the Gemological Institute and President of the Moscow Diamond Club, graduated from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He is an expert and consultant...

15 june 2020

Johan Erikson: The industry needs to spend more on advertising and marketing

First Element is a fully independent Diamond Services Company registered in Belgium, Botswana, South Africa and Dubai. First Element is committed to providing a world class diamond service aimed at adding value to the entire supply chain, from the daily...

08 june 2020

African diamond firms on COVID-19 response, recent developments

Rough & Polished recently contacted several diamond producers and exploration companies with operations in Africa to establish how their operations were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and what they are doing to alleviate the impact. We also sought...

01 june 2020

HARAKH named fine jewelry finalist in 2020 FGI Rising Star Awards

15 january 2020

Harakh Mehta announced that his namesake brand HARAKH has been named a fine jewelry finalist in the 2020 Fashion Group International (FGI) Rising Star Awards and a finalist for the first-ever sustainability award. Harakh Mehta will join other distinguished nominees, FGI members, board members, and sponsors for the 23rd annual luncheon and awards ceremony held in their honor on Tuesday, January 28, in Midtown Manhattan.
In 2017, the fourth generation diamantaire established his own high jewelry brand, HARAKH, based out of Mumbai and New York. From the brand’s appointment as the Official Jeweler of le Bal, Paris in 2019 to these FGI nominations, the brand has been met with growing acclaim at every turn. 
“I established HARAKH haute joaillerie brand to bring a spirit of joy to high jewelry. I am overwhelmed with the tremendous growth and positive reception that the brand has received in a short span of time. To be counted amongst the distinguished pantheon of past and present FGI nominees is already a great honor,” says Harakh. Mehta’s manufacturing facility in India was the first to be certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council’s stringent 2013 Code of Practices. HARAKH is also a Fairmined Licensee Brand. 
The new FGI Rising Star Sustainability Award will be sponsored and presented for the first time by Maison de Mode.

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau