Worth of gold and diamonds

Initiatives in Arts and Culture and De Beers recently co-hosted a webinar on the worth of gold and diamonds. The webinar, which was moderated by Mickey Alam Khan, the founder and editor of Luxury Daily, featured Jeffrey Christian, founder and managing...


Consumers attracted to diamond jewelry more than ever

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of Del Lima Jewelry and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together more than 1,000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

21 september 2020

WDC actively supports initiatives from mine to retail; and also strives for support for the artisanal and small-scale miners - Edward Asscher, President, World Diamond Council

A member of one of the diamond industry and Amsterdam’s most well-known families, Edward Asscher was elected President of the World Diamond Council in June 2020 for a two-year term. Asscher is serving a second time as WDC President, having led the organization...

14 september 2020

Diamonds are one of the few things that have held human fascination in every nook and cranny of the world across time

Dr Usha R. Balakrishnan, a preeminent historian of Indian jewellery based in Mumbai, is Chief Curator of the World Diamond Museum. Being the author and co-author of several volumes of Diamonds Across Time, a new book and an important venture launched...

11 september 2020

Botswana Diamonds to bulk sample KX36 kimberlite, sees commercial potential

Botswana Diamonds recently acquired Petra Diamonds’ exploration assets in Botswana for $300000. The assets that were owned by Petra through its wholly-owned Sekaka Diamonds Exploration, include the KX36 project, a 3.5 hectare kimberlite that was a new...

07 september 2020

Kristall to reduce diamond cutting by 12% to 106 000 carats in 2015

18 september 2015
(RIA Novosti) – Kristall from Smolensk, the largest diamond manufacturer in Russia, expects a decrease in diamond polishing by 12.4 percent in 2015 – to 106 000 carats valued at $200 million. In 2014, the company manufactured 121 000 carats of diamonds worth $315 million, according to the company's director Maxim Shkadov cited by RIA Novosti.
"If we talk about the beginning of the year, the sales volume was slightly less in the first six months of the year - $69.1 million, or 49 000 carats. During the first half of 2014 the company manufactured 61 000 carats of diamonds worth $170.6 million. This is directly related to what is happening in the market,"- said Shkadov.
According to Shkadov, this year the financial performance of both Kristall and diamond producing companies will be affected. "The market is in a tailspin, and it is difficult to predict what will be the way out of it, but I don't think the bright prospects will emerge before the end of the year. The main thing is that we keeping our team intact, there will be no layoffs. We understand that changes constantly occur, and training of employees it is very difficult, so we do not scatter our staff,"- Shkadov added.
PO Kristall is the largest diamond manufacturer in Russia. The company is the biggest buyer of ALROSA's diamonds.