GOLDNET.MARKET - “We want and are working to provide business with the opportunity to develop a lot of activity areas”

Today, almost all jewellery companies have their own wholesale websites, online stores, and social media pages. But a year ago, GOLDNET.MARKET, the first jewellery wholesale marketplace appeared in Russia, a new effective tool for the jewellery market...

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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

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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

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23 august 2021

Ex-Liberian President Taylor accused of using blood diamonds

27 april 2012

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor declared on Thursday by the special court for Sierra Leone convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Imposition of the sentence is expected May 30. Taylor will serve his sentence in a British prison.
According to the prosecution, Taylor as president of Liberia during the lasted from 1991 to 2002 civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone which led to the deaths of 120,000 people supported the country's so-called Revolutionary United Front terrorizing the population. His militia he armed in exchange for diamonds from the fields under their control.
"The defendant played a key role in supplying weapons to the Revolutionary United Front in return for diamonds," - said the judge, Richard Lussick.
The prosecution alleges that Taylor was involved in torture, murder, application of physical injury, abuse of human beings, rape, use of children for combat and other crimes against the civilian population of Sierra Leone.
Taylor himself pleaded not guilty. His trial began in 2007 and was completed in March of last year.
Taylor was arrested in 2006 in Nigeria and became the first president of the African state passed into the hands of international justice since the Nuremberg trials.
To testify in the case of Taylor has been involved well-known British model Naomi Campbell, which, according to eyewitnesses, after dinner with South African President Nelson Mandela in September 1997 received as a gift a diamond from Taylor which was also present there.

Alex Shishlo, editor of the European Bureau Rough & Polished