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...

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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

Kimberley Process Reviews Angola

25 august 2009

Angola's diamond industry comes under scrutiny this week as a team of inspectors from the Kimberley Process begins a compliance review, RAPAPORT reported. The mission, the first to Angola since 2005, will check if the country is following Kimberley Process rules, confirm that diamonds are registered and not not smuggled out, and that all gems have a clear paper trail.
A timetable by the mines ministry, seen by AFP, said the team would begin its meetings at the ministry before heading northeast to the diamond-rich Lundas, on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The team will meet with representatives from the Angolan National Police, private diamond companies and the state-owned diamond firm Endiama.
International organizations have been critical of how Angola treats the artisanal miners, who work casually in alluvial river deposits and whose gems account for around one-tenth of output and a quarter of overall revenue. Many of these miners, known as "garimpeiros" in Portuguese, enter Angola illegally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo but they are hunted by Angola's police and border guards and regularly expelled.
In a recent report the United Nations estimated as many as 115,000 people had been deported in the previous seven months and there are allegations of brutal treatment and mass rapes. Civil society observers have been invited to accompany the Kimberley Process delegation during their visit.