Valery Budny: There is no strategy and legislation in Russia enabling the full cycle processing of precious raw materials within the country

Valery Budny, Head of the Jewelry Russia program and CEO of the JUNWEX media holding, told Rough&Polished about the results of the meeting and pressing issues in the precious metals and precious stones (PMPS) and the jewelry sectors.

11 april 2024

Paul Zimnisky: Natural diamonds face the risk of eroding their appeal if constantly discounted

New York-based independent diamond and jewellery analyst and consultant Paul Zimnisky told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that the industry should do away with discounts. He said the industry should treat natural diamonds...

01 april 2024

Edahn Golan: Lab-grown diamond prices to continue declining

In an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished's Mathew Nyaungwa, Edahn Golan, proprietor of the eponymous Edahn Golan Diamond Research and Data, predicted that the prices of lab-grown diamonds would continue to decline, especially at the retail and...

25 march 2024

ADPA’s Ellah Muchemwa: G7 restrictions to bring extra costs from diamond mining to retail

The African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), which has openly registered its disdain for the G7’s rough diamond trade restrictions, is of the opinion that the move will bring extra costs on all stages, from mining to retail. ADPA executive...

18 march 2024

Eduard Gorodetsky: Currently we see high demand for synthetic diamonds for use in technology segment rather than in jewelry

Director General of the Advanced Synthetic Research Center Eduard Gorodetsky told Rough&Polished about the current situation at the company, new exclusive technologies in the synthesis and production of lab-grown crystals, as well as the Research Center’s...

11 march 2024

The Great Scientific Expedition of Norilsk Nickel and RAS used UAVs and AI to collect data

20 february 2024

Participants of the Great Scientific Expedition of Norilsk Nickel and the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) used latest technologies to collect and quickly analyze research data, said Olga Krever, Deputy Director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution Roszapovedtsentr, at the conference on the results of the expedition.

Among the technologies used by scientists were Orlan unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and real-time data analysis systems based on artificial intelligence (AI). With their help, the expedition members tracked, in particular, the population of polar bears and the birthplaces of their offspring on Wrangel Island and the Bear Islands.

The data obtained will form the basis of Norilsk Nickel’s corporate system for managing the impact on biodiversity, and will also be used to develop programs for its conservation and monitoring. Norilsk Nickel openly talks about new projects and changes taking place in ecosystems.

“The resulting picture of the state of the environment and biodiversity has already allowed us to adjust current environmental programs,” said Andrey Grachev, vice president for federal and regional programs at Norilsk Nickel.

“Caring for nature, reducing anthropogenic impact, and developing environmentally effective solutions are the basis of responsible business.”

Theodor Lisovoy, Editor in Chief of the European bureau, Rough&Polished