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

Final Over in Bloody Innings

02 may 2012

It may not have been totally unexpected. But the judgment holding Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia, guilty on 11 counts and “criminally responsible” for brutal war crimes by rebels in Sierra Leone, is a landmark one nevertheless, Diamond World stated in its Weekly E-Post. He is the first former head of state of any African nation to be found guilty by an international court of war crimes. With expectations that his sentencing in early May will lead to a long stint in prison, it should be a fair warning for other politicians involved in similar bloody activities.
The Sierra Leone Civil War in those years was amongst the most brutal on the African continent, with widespread atrocities being committed against women and children as well. The most vivid image of the civil war which will remain embedded in many minds is the brutal limb hackings by the rebel soldiers, immortalized in the Blood Diamonds movie.
Sierra Leone was, after Angola, one of the main triggers of the UN Resolutions of the time and the setting up of the KPCS, which has been coming under much flak recently from NGOs and some others. Maybe the Charles Taylor indictment will give both bodies a shot in the arm. KP does its work of ensuring that blood diamonds do not enter the diamond business. The UN polices the world, and brings bloody dictators like Taylor to justice. More than anything else the verdict has proved that the international bodies can have teeth.