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...

25 october 2021

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

IIa Technologies successfully invalidates key Element Six patent

10 february 2020

The High Court of Singapore agreed with IIa Technologies and found that one of Element Six’s key patents, No. 110508 in Singapore (SG 508), which relates to the annealing of CVD diamonds to improve their colour, is invalid. The High Court has ordered that SG 508 be revoked. For this reason, the High Court further concluded that IIa Technologies has not infringed SG 508, according to a press release from IIa Technologies. 

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The High Court found that another Element Six patent, No. 115872 (SG 872), which relates to the production of optical grade diamonds, is valid and has been infringed.
Vishal Mehta, CEO of IIa Technologies said: “IIa Technologies has developed its proprietary process in the last 15 years and is proud of the work we have done to bring lab-grown diamonds to the world. The current judgment will be considered in its entirety and then the company will take necessary steps to protect its interests.”

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough&Polished