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

Unique diamonds produced by AGD DIAMONDS are in high demand

25 february 2020
agd_grib_diamonds_logo.pngThis last Monday, AGD DIAMONDS held the first auction for the sale of special-sized diamonds (10.8+) this year on the e-trading platform operated by its trading arm, Grib Diamonds from the diamond miner’s Antwerp office. The resulting total sales reached more than $ 15 million.
The lots offered to customers included diamonds of outstanding characteristics, including unique yellow fancy stones and crystal-clear octahedrons ranging in size from 20 to 50 carats. The distinctive feature of this February auction was that AGD DIAMONDS for the first time put up for sale unique and very large diamonds (weighing 80, 104, 127 and 222 carats) from the Grib Diamond Field recovered by an innovative and environmentally friendly method of XRT separation.

Image credit: AGD DIAMONDS

Summarizing the results of the auction, AGD DIAMONDS noted that the market generally remained influenced by negative news from China due to the coronavirus, as a result of which a significant part of the lots put on the block by AGD DIAMONDS remained unclaimed.

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