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...

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Zimbabwe’s diamond industry speaks out at Victoria Falls

20 november 2012

The first Zimbabwe Diamond Conference 2012 was held in Victoria Falls between November 12 to 13 and was sponsored by President Robert Mugabe’s government. It hosted an entire representation of the African diamond industry and leaders from the world’s key diamond centres, leaders of Zimbabwe’s diamond mining industry, KP Chair Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic and Abbey Chikane, KP Monitor for Zimbabwe, Diamopnd World reported in Weekly E-Post. In light of the sheer participation of the African diamond industry, the Conference was a strong statement of the potential of Zimbabwe’s diamond industry as a strong player in the global diamond supply, and the blocks in its way. Delegates acknowledged Zimbabwe’s diamond resource potential.
Issues as to why Zimbabwe’s diamond trade is being restricted even after receiving the KP nod, the Partnership Africa Canada report challenging transparency of funds from the diamond trade, were intensely debated. Also the U.S. sanctions on Zimbabwe’s diamonds were strongly opposed. As the U.S. is the current KP Chair, Milovanovic faced opposition for failing to defend Zimbabwe’s diamonds from the U.S. While many issues are brewing, it has only yielded more discussions, and concrete solutions seem far from near.
With the KP Plenary planned this month in Washington, the Conference has created fodder for moot issues that could be taken forward to the next level of possible ‘solutions’?