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

Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair to go ‘Virtual’ in September

03 september 2021
Thailand's gems and jewellery industry, like many others, has been battered by the Covid-19 pandemic. This sector has long been an important contributor to the Thai economy, ranking third behind automobiles and electronics in total export value, with international shipments worth more than $15 bn a year, as per a media report.
Last year, the industry employed 1.2 mn people. Thailand ranked among the world's top 15 jewellery exporters last year. However, as of May 2021, Thailand's gem and jewellery export value was down 62.95% from a year earlier to $3.5 bn. Many gem factories and retailers have closed permanently as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
To adapt to evolving situations of responsible mining, conflict-free supply chains and environmental consciousness, the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, which is organised annually by the Department of International Trade Promotion, will hold a Special Edition in September on a new online platform featuring a virtual trade fair and online business matching, where buyers and exporters from all over the world can connect.
In addition, the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand plans to organise the International Chanthaburi Gems and Jewelry Festival at the end of this year to promote the industry while reinforcing the role Thailand as the world's gems manufacturing and trading hub. 

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