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

“We welcome the mandatory hallmarking in the interest of consumers, but it is also essential to have proper and evenly spread infrastructure across India,” asserts Ashish Pethe, Chairman, GJC

Ashish Pethe, Chairman of All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC), formerly known as All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) is based in Mumbai. As the third-generation heir of M/s Waman Hari Pethe Jewellers established...

17 may 2021

ALMAR is a case in point that will serve to develop the process of funding junior companies and geological exploration in general

Arkticheskaya Gornaya Kompaniya (AGK, Arctic Mining Company) develops the diamond deposits in the Lena-Anabar diamondiferous sub-province of Yakutia under the ALMAR (Diamonds of the Arctic) brand. This company attracts investments for...

10 may 2021

Give us back our diamonds, SA politician to Queen Elizabeth II

03 may 2021
A member of Parliament for South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has demanded South Africa's diamonds be returned by Queen Elizabeth II.
The politician Mbusiyseni Ndlozi said the diamonds should be brought back to South Africa without compensation as they belong to the country they were found.
"Expropriation of the Queen's crown without compensation: we want our diamonds back!" he tweeted. 
Queen Elizabeth II has two of the biggest diamonds – the Cullinan I and Cullinan II – ever found in the world and both were unearthed in South Africa. 
The Cullinan I diamond (or Star of Africa) is 530.2 carat pear-shaped and is set as the main stone in the majestic Sceptre with the Cross.
The second-largest is Cullinan II or the Second Star of Africa, weighing 317.4 carats and it was mounted in the Imperial State Crown. 
Petra Diamonds currently owns the Cullinan mine.

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