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...


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

GOLDNET.MARKET - “We want and are working to provide business with the opportunity to develop a lot of activity areas”

Today, almost all jewellery companies have their own wholesale websites, online stores, and social media pages. But a year ago, GOLDNET.MARKET, the first jewellery wholesale marketplace appeared in Russia, a new effective tool for the jewellery market...

20 september 2021

Botswana ends 48-day lockdown as borders remain closed to foreign diamond buyers

21 may 2020

Botswana ended a 48-day lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, a move that will see all businesses reopen, but under strict conditions, according to media reports.
The diamond-rich Southern African country had previously allowed sectors such as mines to operate, according to Reuters.
Botswana’s latest move will not bring much joy to De Beers, which conducts monthly diamond sales in Gaborone as a ban on foreign visitors was maintained.
De Beers has so far this year conducted only two Sightholder sales in Gaborone.
It cancelled the last two Sights and provided its customers with 100% flexibility to defer their purchases. 
However, the group recently introduced a new selling proposition known as the Buy Platform, which will give its registered buyers access to diamond purchases at any time in light of the current COVID-19 situation.  
The new selling proposition, it said, was an e-commerce offering where registered buyers can make an immediate, direct and straightforward purchase from a range of rough diamonds at any time and from anywhere, providing them with a further purchase option in addition to the existing limited-time auctions offering.  
Botswana has so far recorded 29 COVID-19 infections and only one person succumbed to the virus.
"Depending on the coronavirus disease pattern, a return to lockdown will remain an option,” COVID-19 Task Force Coordinator Dr Kereng Masupu was quoted as saying in a televised briefing.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished