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

Diamonds for quantum computers

09 june 2021
Specialists at the laboratory of the V. S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy run by the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences were first to determine the conditions for diamond crystallization in melts of 15 rare earth metals. The results of the research are published in the Scientific Reports Journal.
According to, synthetic diamonds, which are produced in laboratories, are considered by experts as a strategic material for the electronic technology of the 21st century. They can be used as registers and memory cells in quantum computers, or as sources of single photons. The latter are able to increase the efficiency of information transmission devices thousand times and improve quantum encryption systems.
To synthesize diamonds with rare and unusual characteristics, new solvents-catalysts are needed. Siberian scientists have found this role can be played by various rare earth metals, which have not been practically studied from this point of view. Experts determined what conditions were necessary for the crystallization to occur in rare-earth metal melts and defined the optimal parameters for the synthesis of single-crystal diamonds. 

Alex Shishlo for Rough&Polished