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

Aether creates world's first certified vegan diamonds

01 june 2021
Aether Diamonds has announced that it is the first company in the world to receive a vegan certification for its diamonds. The certification was granted in April by Vegan Action (, which is one of the leading vegan certification organizations in the world, says a report in 
According to Aether Diamonds, they are the world's first positive-impact diamonds, the first diamonds ever made from air, the first to remove harmful pollution from the atmosphere; and now the world's first certified vegan diamonds. The company claims to have introduced an ‘industry-changing concept’ with Aether that will define the future of fine jewellery.
According to the company, Aether diamonds are made using sustainably sourced energy and carbon sourced from air pollution. This results in a positive impact on the environment, leaving the planet in a better condition than before the Aether diamonds were created.
The company also claims that all mined diamonds destroy ecosystems and wildlife habitats, and all other lab-grown diamonds on the market are reliant on fossil fuels as their source of carbon. Aether's are the only available diamonds in the world that help reverse the historical damage done to ecosystems and the environment by the diamond industry, asserts the company. Aether says that it entered the fine jewellery market with an ambitious vision… one that brings integrity and new moral standards to a space that has been historically riddled with confusing claims about sustainability and ethical practices.
With the multiple 3rd party validations and its recent vegan status, Aether says that it aims to cut through the typical greenwashing in the marketplace and lead the diamond industry into a better future where both customers and the planet can benefit.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough&Polished