Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

Huw Daniel is the CEO of Platinum Guild International, overseeing market development activities in China, Japan, India and the USA, on behalf of the platinum producers of South Africa. Before taking up this role in 2015, Huw ran PGI USA for 12 years...

13 september 2021

Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in...

06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

Alex Popov, President of the Moscow Diamond Exchange and head of the Âme jewelry brand, which uses lab-grown diamonds to produce jewelry, sat for an interview with Rough&Polished sharing his views on the coexistence of natural and man-made diamonds in...

23 august 2021

De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

De Beers inaugurated its GemFair pilot programme in Sierra Leone’s Kono District with 14-member mine sites in 2018 to create a secure route to market for ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale diamonds. GemFair programme manager Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg...

16 august 2021

Big brands love big diamonds

03 february 2021
Image credit: Louis Vuitton

The luxury brands which are not typically identified with the high jewelry category are drawn to big and exclusive diamonds, as a path to be part of what is considered a growth segment, the Diamond Loupe writes citing the New York Times.
LVMH's Louis Vuitton, partnering with high-end miner Lucara and Belgium-based manufacturer HB Antwerp aims to continue its legacy of creating bespoke pieces, with the 1,758ct enigmatic Sewelô, and the 549ct clear white Sethunya. Potential buyers will be part of the entire journey from rough to polished, and will be invited to decide on the outcome and witness the months-long process in Antwerp.
Tiffany & C°, recently acquired by LVMH and led by Louis Vuitton's Michael Burke is taking the same route to high jewelry, demonstrated by the remake of a vintage necklace, with a massive 80ct oval diamond as centerpiece.
Sources who attended the LVMH-Tiffany townhall meeting with employees earlier this month claim LVMH boss Bernard Arnault "wants to elevate Tiffany's standing, even if that took time. The French luxury conglomerate is said to be planning a revamp of existing stores as well as expansion into Asia and Europe. Alexandre Arnault, Bernard Arnault's son, will be in charge of realigning Tiffany's marketing messages alongside new CEO Anthony Ledru.

Alex Shishlo for Rough&Polished