The need for significant capital investments will be the main trend in the diamond mining industry in 2021-2030

The prospects of the diamond industry in the post-crisis period are discussed by the Rough&Polished correspondent with Sergey Mityukhin, Candidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Honored Geologist of the Russian Federation.

06 july 2020

Young Diamantaires: We create initiatives for the benefit of diamond communities worldwide

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses recently launched its Young Diamantaires website. The organization has worked for the past four years with young members of the diamond community all over the world to create a platform through which they can express...

29 june 2020

Those who implement the right anti-crisis strategies have more chances

It is not surprising that because of the pandemic and the crisis, the most heated debate in the jewellery industry is about what is happening and the possible ways of survival. Irina Slesareva, an expert, art director of the Russian Diamond Line contest...

22 june 2020

The secondary diamond market in Russia is not mature although its prospects are huge

Pavel Barannik, the founder and head of the Moscow Gemological Laboratory, the founder of the Gemological Institute and President of the Moscow Diamond Club, graduated from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He is an expert and consultant...

15 june 2020

Johan Erikson: The industry needs to spend more on advertising and marketing

First Element is a fully independent Diamond Services Company registered in Belgium, Botswana, South Africa and Dubai. First Element is committed to providing a world class diamond service aimed at adding value to the entire supply chain, from the daily...

08 june 2020

Surat’s diamond cutting and polishing sector to work with new norms

24 june 2020
Image credit: mohamed Hassan (Pixabay)

Following concerns regarding the growing number of COVID-19 positive patients among the diamond workers, the diamond cutting and polishing sector of Surat has worked out a new protocol to fight the spread of COVID-19. 
Since re-opening operations, around 300 positive cases have been reported from the diamond polishing units. Under the new protocol, every polishing unit will have only two workers working on them instead of the usual four. 
In the case one worker reports positive from a certain floor in multi-storied polishing units, the entire floor will be quarantined for a week. And in case of more than three workers reporting COVID positive, the entire unit will be shut down for a week.
On the other hand, single-storied units will be shut for a day with one worker reporting positive. Also, workers with hypertension, diabetes or above fifty-five years of age will not be asked to work. The diamond market, as well as the safety vault, will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 
Recently, the managers of diamond units emerged as the super spreaders among the workers as they are the ones who distribute packets of diamonds to the polishers and thus come in contact with a large group of people. Diamond unit owners were asked to sanitize the packets before giving them to workers.

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