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

Myanmar's Jade Exports Surge Past $1B

23 july 2014

Myanmar earned over $1 billion from exports of jade during the 2014 fiscal year, according to the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development. Jade exports from April 1, 2013 to end of March 2014 amounted to $1.1 billion, compared with only $297.9 million in the previous year, Rapaport reported.
Exports were reduced in April, May and June of 2013, but took off again in July, with September standing out as the highest earning month, grossing $336 million.
The precious green stone, which is mined in northern Kachin State, is exported mainly to China, Hong Kong and India -- countries with strong demand for jade jewelry and crafts.
While legal jade trading has seen record earnings, illegal trading is also flourishing across border areas despite increased checkpoints and mobile inspection teams monitoring busy trade routes.
According to a parliamentary discussion, the government will allow a 30 percent tax cut on jade, ruby, diamond, sapphire, emerald and other precious gems.