Lucapa boosts Angola kimberlite exploration with establishment of standalone bulk kimberlite sampling plant

Lucapa Diamond and its Angolan partners are making great strides to improve the Lulo kimberlite exploration programme. Company chief executive and managing director Stephen Wetherall told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa on the sidelines of the Mining...


“In the jewellery art, we express our feelings, emotions and share them with others”

Over 30 years, the MOISEIKIN company based in the Ural area has become a famous jewellery brand. The jewellery and souvenirs of this jewellery house made of precious and semi- precious stones and metals are displayed at museums and in private collections...

20 march 2023

Automatic double upgrade of diamonds is not only a questionable practice but could be systemic fraud – Meeus

HRD Antwerp is under investigation by Belgian authorities following allegations that for every Gemological Institute of America (GIA) stone, which entered their lab for certification an automatic upgrade would be given two colours up and one...

13 march 2023

"At House of Ashish Vijay, diamonds and coloured gemstones will only ever mean stones that carry a storied legacy"

Ashish Vijay, a Dubai-based investor, philanthropist, entrepreneur and businessman with decades of experience in the precious gemstone and luxury jewellery industry, finance and investments sectors, set up his business in Dubai in the year 2013. As the...

06 march 2023

KP should remodel its enforcement, accountability mechanisms if it wants to remain relevant - Fula-Ngenge

The African Diamond Council (ADC) is calling on the Kimberley Process (KP) to remodel its enforcement and accountability mechanisms if it wants to remain relevant and effective. ADC chairperson M’zée Fula-Ngenge told Rough&Polished’s...

27 february 2023

Igor Prokhorenko leaves Grib Diamonds

21 october 2021

The AGD DIAMONDS Group of Companies, including its subsidiaries, continues personnel reshuffling. As Rough&Polished came to know, Igor Prokhorenko, who headed Grib Diamonds NV (a trade division of AGD DIAMONDS in Belgium and the United Arab Emirates), left the company. The company confirmed these personnel changes.
Soon AGD DIAMONDS Group will present a new management team of Grib Diamonds NV, according to a source close to the company's shareholders. The company itself confirmed this information to Rough&Polished adding that there is an intention to conduct an audit of the company in the near future, after which it will present a new strategy of its work.
Starting from October 1, 2021, the Group is headed by Gennady Piven, who previously held the position of the First Deputy General Director of AGD DIAMONDS JSC. Piven is well known in the industry being a professional mining engineer and Doctor of Technical Sciences. Prior to joining the company, he held executive positions at PJSC Norilsk Nickel, LLC Evrazholding, and PJSC ALROSA.
AGD DIAMONDS is confident that the changes in the Group will not affect its work with counterparties and customers, who will have the opportunity to purchase the company's goods in a way convenient for them. AGD DIAMONDS works in close contact with its main lender, VTB Bank, and maintains all current production and operational processes aimed at meeting its guidance targets for diamond production in the format of a full-cycle mining enterprise including exploration, production, processing, and sales while maintaining the basic principles of its customer policy.

Vladimir Malakhov, Rough&Polished