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

ICMM advocates for responsible mining

12 april 2021
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, says there will be continued demand for minerals to support a greener, safer, low-carbon and more sustainable future. 
ICMM chairperson and Freeport–McMoRan chief executive Richard Adkerson said they will continue to work hard towards their vision of mining and metals being a respected industry, trusted to operate responsibly and contribute to sustainable development. 
"We further recognise the expectation of our industry to respect the social, economic and cultural rights of indigenous peoples, and this will be at the forefront of our discussions as we set the next strategy," he said in the council's 2020 report. 
The council launched enhanced mining principles in February 2020, which extend members' commitment to responsible metals and minerals production by introducing 38 good practice environmental, social and governance performance expectations. 
"These performance expectations underpin our original 10 founding principles and will be applied at [the] site level by all members as a condition of membership," said outgoing chief executive Tom Buttler.
"To further drive increased transparency and performance improvement, we have also updated our procedure for third party assurance and validation of members' reporting against these commitments."

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