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

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23 august 2021

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

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16 august 2021

Founding Namdia chairperson Masiza dead at 50

19 february 2021
news_19022021_Masiza.pngThe founding chairperson of the Namibian state-owned diamond trading company Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia) Shakespeare Masiza has died at the age of 50.
Masiza’s family said he died last Monday at a private hospital in Walvis Bay after a short battle with COVID-19.
He is survived by his wife Lorraine and three children.
Masiza, who was also a legal practitioner, chaired Namdia until the end of 2019 when he was replaced by Bryan Eiseb.
Namdia, which is wholly owned by the Namibian government, came about in 2016 following an agreement between Windhoek and De Beers.
As part of the agreement, the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) would be channeling 15% of stones produced by Namdeb Holdings to Namdia until 2026.
The company’s purchase entitlement declined by about 13% to 262,633 carats in 2019.
This decline in purchase entitlement saw its sales revenue going down by 16% to $140.2 million in 2019.

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