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

Hawala operator Afroz Fatta arrested by ED

23 may 2014

Surat-based alleged Hawala operator Afroz Hasan Fatta was arrested by the officials of Directorate of Enforcement (ED) in Ahmedabad ( Gujarat) on 21st May 2014. Fatta is accused of ‘hawala’ transaction said to be over Rs.5000 crore in just two months with the help of purported diamond trading firms run by him, as reported by Indian Express.
As of now, Fatta is reportedly not cooperating with the investigation as he refused to divulge details of other suspects including the alleged mastermind of the racket Sunderlal Jain, who is still absconding.
Fatta is alleged to have floated nine firms, which existed only on paper. With these firms he forged bills of entry based on which he transferred the money abroad with the help of a private bank, in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act.

Aruna Gaitonde, Rough&Polished correspondent in India