Somasundaram PR, Regional CEO, WGC India: IIBX will be a key infrastructure in the global scenario once a few more reforms in India are completed

Somasundaram PR joined the World Gold Council (WGC) in January 2013. He is responsible for leading the World Gold Council's activities across the Indian gold market. Here, in an exclusive Interview with Rough&Polished, he helps you understand...

04 december 2023

DiaMondaine Diamantaires Club: Transparency a sine qua non for the diamond industry

Transparency is crucial for inspiring consumer and retailer confidence in diamond brands, according to DiaMondaine Diamantaires Club. Agnes Abdulahu, the founder of the club, told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that fashion...

27 november 2023

Ilgiz Fazulzyanov: Traditions should be respected and preserved but at the same time, traditional jewelry should be made modern

Ilgiz Fazulzyanov is a jeweler who needs no introduction. He is renowned for his Ilgiz F. brand existing on the Russian market for more than 30 years and famous among true connoisseurs of jewelry art. He spoke to Rough&Polished about his new collections...

20 november 2023

Dr M'zée Fula Ngenge: The African Diamond Council will forever seek overlooked opportunities to create ideal conditions necessary for success in the entire global diamond industry as long as it does not become prone to or contaminated by indifference

Here, in an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished, Dr M'zée Fula Ngenge, Chairman of the African Diamond Council, expresses his views on the recently concluded Kimberley Process Plenary, and other grave issues being faced by the global diamond...

13 november 2023

Miri Chen: Fancy color diamonds, owing to their extreme rarity, tend to maintain their value even when resold on the second-hand market

Miri Chen is a CEO of Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF). Here, in an exclusive interview with Rough & Polished, Miri Chen explains FCRF's stand on coloured diamonds as an investment vehicle for now, as well as for years to come.

06 november 2023

China leads the global LGD industry, with India close behind

04 december 2023

As of today, the Lab-Grown Diamond (LGD) business has surged ahead, offering consumers an ethical and sustainable choice. It is no longer looked at as a threat to the natural diamond business. The LGD sector looks promising, filled with huge growth potential with global awareness of the ethical advantages of LGDs. Moreover, with production techniques and advanced technology, LGDs are becoming more attractive to consumers.

The image of polished diamonds during the new Cold War era

27 november 2023

A side effect of the accelerated funding of defense programs in the NATO countries is the long-term growth in a number of solvent buyers that can be considered as polished diamond market’s potential clients.

Tricky Outlook Facing Global Diamond and Jewelry Industry

20 november 2023

As if the global outlook for diamond jewelry sales wasn't already dim, the industry is now having to work with another unsettling factor as war rages in the Middle East, and the prospect of it escalating further.

Osmium… diamonds?

13 november 2023

As our readers probably know, osmium is one of the platinum group metals (PGM) that is relatively rare, not very useful, and it gave a name to a German light bulb manufacturer Osram. What you probably don't know however, is there exists an organization that decided to create a whole new market for osmium from scratch, and more or less take it all to itself.

Norilsk Nickel's unique environmental project launched in the Arctic

06 november 2023

A environmental project unique in all respects has been launched in the Arctic, as stated by Sergey Dubovitsky, Senior Vice President of Norilsk Nickel, during the commissioning of the first stage of the Sulfur Program at the Nadezhdinsky Metallurgical Plant on October 25.

Is AI Set to Change the Way The Diamond Industry Operates?

30 october 2023

Some diamond industry organizations admit it while others deny it, but there can be little doubt that AI has already started to create waves throughout the diamond industry. AI is already being used in several areas of diamond grading, and that trend is clearly going to continue growing.

The diamond market and the concept of a controlled adversary

23 october 2023

Throughout the existence of the diamond market - from the end of the 19th century to the present day, political processes have constantly been part of the market mechanism and largely determined the vectors of its development. Attempts to analyze this market, excluding the political component, were obviously not fruitful as they could not explain many of the most important documented events.

Angola is again turning into an El Dorado for diamond miners

16 october 2023

According to the Kimberley Process statistics for 2022, Angola ranks sixth in the world in terms of diamond production by volume (8.763 mn carats) and third by value ($1,965 mn). Until 1975, the country was a Portuguese colony, and after gaining its independence, a long civil war broke out in Angola. The end of the war in 2002 set the stage for the beginning of an active development of the diamond mining industry in the country with the involvement of foreign mining and exploration companies.

Branded Collections to drive the future growth of the platinum jewellery industry

09 october 2023

Over the years, while gold has held its primary place for centuries, platinum alloys have made their presence felt and held their own as the costliest precious metal for decades.

GIA Firings Confirm Rocky State of Polished Diamond Demand

02 october 2023

It is hardly a secret that demand for natural polished diamonds has been declining for many months, but perhaps the most startling confirmation of this was the recent announcement by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) that it is firing 20% of the workforce at its headquarters in Carlsbad, California.

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