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

G&J units in Mumbai permitted resumption of limited activity for fulfilling export commitments

11 may 2020

In an Order issued today, the Government of Maharashtra has permitted limited resumption of activities related to diamonds and gems & jewellery within the Mumbai region with certain precautions and only for fulfilling export commitments. This has been informed to its members by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC).
As per the government order dated May 11 titled ‘Amendment to Revised Guidelines on the Lockdown measures for containment of Covid-19 in State’ it has been decided that ‘in areas of Municipal Corporations of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), activities related to diamonds & gem & jewellery …. only for fulfilling export commitment with access control shall be allowed to 10% of workforce capacity and travel will be permitted with a point to point bus transport.’
The order also states that "no person from containment zone shall be permitted to work in these establishments" and "all norms of social distancing and precautions as prescribed shall be followed".
The Maharashtra government further states that a medical doctor should be available on-site "to ensure that all persons with Influenza-like illness (ILI) are identified and segregated and steps be taken as per protocol".

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