MIUZ Diamonds - diamonds with a century of history

Moscow Jewellery Factory (MIUZ) has always been famous for its craftsmen winning prizes and obtaining the diplomas of “the best enterprise in the jewellery trade”. One of the oldest factories in Russia has two interesting news: about its recent...

21 june 2021

Lab-grown diamonds and jewellery are the future, says Liu

As the founder of the Diamond Little Star® brand, Liu Jiangjiang is actively involved in various business activities. He founded the Lab Grown Diamond Research Centre and the Lab Grown Diamond Club in China. At the same time, he is also the General Counsel...

14 june 2021

Pandora’s endorsement of lab-grown stones will not devalue natural diamonds – Zimnisky

Jewellery retailer Pandora recently announced that it will no longer purchase natural diamonds as it had switched to lab-grown diamonds. However, diamond market analyst Paul Zimnisky told Rough&Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that...

07 june 2021

“The volume of Forevermark diamonds that we drive through Indian partners is much higher than in other parts of the world,” says Sachin Jain

Sachin Jain has been a part of the Indian arm of De Beers that dates back to 2010 when he came on board as Head of Retail. In year 2014 he took over as President of Forevermark and today he is the Managing Director of De Beers, India. His single-minded...

31 may 2021

GSI's new Jaipur office to specialize in colored gemstones

Gemological Science International (GSI) has opened a new laboratory in Jaipur, India. Since this state is the capital of colored gemstones, the laboratory will have a dedicated division specializing in colored gemstone geographical origin and...

24 may 2021

Gemfair signs MOU to advance ASM standards in West Africa

15 july 2020
De Beers’ GemFair has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Mano River Union (MRU) to enhance practices the artisanal and small-scale diamond mining (ASM) standards in West Africa.
The three parties will jointly deliver a regional training programme in the MRU member countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Ivory Coast that seeks to enhance capacities, promote knowledge sharing and build a comprehensive understanding of mine site health and safety.
It will also boost environmental management, ethical sourcing standards and diamond valuation among participants, who will include miners, government officials and civil society activists in the four countries.
“GemFair is committed to helping advance the ASM sector and one of the critical first steps is to enhance capacities to raise standards across the sector,” said Feriel Zerouki, senior vice-president international relations and ethical initiatives, De Beers and general manager, GemFair.
“We are pleased to be partnering with GIZ and MRU on this ambitious training programme and look forward to sharing our knowledge and providing our training expertise in the areas of ethical mining practices, responsible sourcing and diamond valuation to more stakeholders in the West Africa region.”
MRU secretary general Medina Wesseh said the regional approach to the Kimberley Process, artisanal and small-scale mining and the fight against precious mineral smuggling in the MRU sub-region is producing important positive results on the management of the artisanal mining sector, for the benefit of the four MRU member states.
“The sub-region’s artisanal mining sector, if effectively managed, can be a growth engine as it is an important niche to improve state revenues, enhance development of communities, and therefore reduce poverty at the grassroots level,” said Wesseh.

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