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

AGD DIAMONDS processes the 25 millionth ton of ore

28 january 2020
AGD DIAMONDS processed its milestone 25 millionth ton of ore at its ore processing plant of the Grib Mining and Processing Division. The company said its mining operations were proceeding in full accordance with the production targets.
The company’s plant at the Grib Mining and Processing Division fulfilled its 2019 target having processed a total of 4.240 million tons of ore.

                Image credit: AGD DIAMONDS

The Grib mine is a source of large high-quality diamonds. Thus, in December 2019, AGD DIAMONDS recovered a diamond weighing 199.43 carats, which was named “Georgy Sedov” in honor of the Russian hydrographer and polar explorer in an event initiated by the diamond miner.
Besides, AGD DIAMONDS also unearthed a stone weighing 86.46 carats on January 5, 2020. The diamond was named in honor of Georgy Georgiev, the discoverer of the Lomonosov Diamond Field, who made a significant contribution to the discovery and formation of the Arkhangelsk diamondiferous province.
The Georgy Georgiev diamond is the fifteenth in a row of all the gem-quality and large-size stones produced at the Grib Diamond Mine.

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