Diamex Lab: Our technology allows you to trace the history of the origin of each stone

Gleb Sverdlov, CEO of Diamex Lab told Rough & Polished in his interview below about the development of IT technologies for the market of rough and polished diamonds and jewelry.

17 february 2020

The future of the market goes hand in hand with gemology

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10 february 2020

Diamond industry in healthier position going into 2020

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03 february 2020

Ethical sourcing and Diamonds Standards Organization

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27 january 2020

Ali Pastorini: Challenges make us think out of the box and be closer to customers

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of DEL LIMA JEWERLY and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together more than 1,000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

20 january 2020

Illegal diamond mines raided in India’s Panna reserve

10 february 2020

india_flag.pngAfter reports of illegal diamond mining in the protected forest area near Panna National Park, forest department conducted raids to curb the shallow-mining of precious stones very close to the buffer zone of the park on Friday, 7, Feb, according to a TOI report.
Equipment used for digging was confiscated while the people involved in mining escaped. After years of shallow mining of diamonds in Panna, the precious stones are hard to find in the mines situated outside the jungle. Most such shallow mines are now located on the private lands and farm fields.
"Villagers have now started carrying the mining operations right inside the forest. And this is not possible without connivance of our staff", as per a senior forest official.  
A large number of diamond mines are operated inside the protected area of the forest. Almost on a regular basis, villagers mine diamonds from the shallow mines in Panna. The diamonds are auctioned by the administration every three months and the proceeds are handed over to the miner after deducting the royalty.
But, there are more illegal diamond shallow mines than the number of legal mines leased out by the administration, forest department sources claimed, and diesel pump sets, a large number of shovels and spade were confiscated.

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