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

Debswana Increases Production Forecast for '09

16 october 2009

Debswana announced that upon what it calls a significant recovery in world diamond markets, it now expects to produce about 20 million carats in 2009, RAPAPORT reported citing The Economist. This is substantially more than the forecast of around 16 million carats made earlier and there have been reports that, with the Botswana mines not operating at full capacity, there have been instances of supply shortages.
While market recovery is not anticipated for some time yet, renewed confidence is also reflected in the announcement that the transfer of De Beers aggregation activities (where the output from its various mines are combined) from London to Botswana, which has previously been delayed, will now proceed as soon as possible in 2010. To add further to the optimism Dutch bank ABN Amro has formally opened a branch of its specialist jewellery banking arm which will be the center for its African business. In addition, Firestone Diamonds has now confirmed that it will reach a decision on whether to proceed with development of its BK11 prospect before the end of the year; with the pilot plant able to support full-scale production, mining could commence as early mid-2010.