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

AWDC to develop a self-sustaining, responsible and transparent diamond supply chain in Guinea

10 march 2020
In 2018, the Belgian diamond trader Cap Source together with the support of the AWDC launched a fully traceable and responsibly sourced diamond jewelry collection My Fair Diamond using artisanal diamonds from Sierra Leone. These diamond mines were certified via the Maendeleo Diamond Standards (MDS), implemented by the Canadian NGO Diamond Development Initiative (DDI).

                                           Image credit: My Fair Diamond       

Inspired by this ambitious project, the AWDC decided to start a similar project in Guinea, one of the partnering countries of the Belgian governmental cooperation and an important diamond-producing country. The goal is to develop a self-sustaining, responsible and transparent diamond supply chain, empowering selected artisanal diamond miners in South-East Guinea to reach a level of compliance in accordance to the OECD Due Diligence Guidance / Maendeleo diamonds.  
The direct sale of Guinean rough diamonds in Antwerp will generate a positive socio-economic impact on poor miners and mining communities (wages, working conditions, technical skills, education ..), open a formal an traceable pipeline of artisanal diamonds and stimulate responsible production and consumption of responsibly produced jewels, AWDC reported.

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau in Brussels