The indelicate balance of ethics against profit

I am slightly pained to write this blog, as over the years I've made many close friends and contacts in Switzerland, not to mention worked very closely with several Swiss-based companies as part of our recently launched DMCC Crypto Centre, including...

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Yakut diamonds, the symphony of permafrost

The Yakutia-based Kierge company, one of the Top 100 of the leading jewellery brands in Russia, opened its showroom in Moscow this autumn, which is gaining popularity in the capital of Russia. “Kierge” is the Yakut for a “finery, decoration” in a broad...

22 november 2021

Vladislav Zhdanov - “The use of diamonds in high technologies is the main and key target of the diamond synthesis technologies”

Vladislav Zhdanov, Professor at the Higher School of Economics, Advisor to Director General - Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Railways company, and former Vice President of ALROSA (2015-2018). He is a physicist by background...

15 november 2021

Ali Pastorini: The white diamond is the equivalent of a white shirt for a woman

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of Del Lima Jewelry and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association that brings together more than 1,000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

08 november 2021

“As a purist and old school diamantaire, I don't believe in LGD,” says Vin Lee, CEO Grand Metropolitan

Vin Lee, the King of Luxury, doesn’t need any introduction. He is a self-made billionaire CEO of Grand Metropolitan. The Beverly Hills' family office Grand Metropolitan is $7 billion AUM privately-held luxury goods holding company with a 60-brand...

01 november 2021

Angola International Diamond Conference begins

25 november 2021
The inaugural Angola International Diamond Conference (AIDC) has begun at the Saurimo Diamond Development Hub in the eastern Lunda Sul Province.
The invite-only conference will, among other things, seek to promote the country’s diamonds as a strategic mineral for the diversification of the economy.
Organisers of the two-day event told Rough & Polished that more than 200 delegates drawn from several countries across the globe are attending the event.
Angola’s secretary of state for mineral resources Jânio Correia Victor recently said that the conference will examine geological-mining research, diamond exploration in Angola, technological innovation, logistics and the financing of diamond projects. 
Angola is targeting to produce 9 million carats of rough diamonds this year from about 8 million carats in 2020.

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