Varvara Dmitrieva: The jewelry industry of Yakutia is distinguished by its creativity, unique cultural code and conservation of traditions

Varvara Dmitrieva, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Precious Stones and Metals Processing Technologies of the North-Eastern Federal University, told Rough&Polished about the results of the Forum of jewelry Craftsmanship and the prospects...

16 april 2024

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

Mishustin assessed the readiness of the main environmental project in the Russian Arctic

01 august 2023

During his trip to Norilsk, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin praised the readiness, pace, technology and prospects of the Sulfur Program that Norilsk Nickel is preparing for launch.

The Sulfur Program is the main environmental project in the Russian Arctic. It is aimed at the sulfur dioxide skimming at the Nadezhdinsky and Medny metallurgical Plants, which are part of the Polar branch of Norilsk Nickel. The program will significantly reduce sulfur dioxide emissions in Norilsk and will allow residents of the city to breathe fresh air.

"But I also see that the company has planned serious additional financial injections in order to do everything necessary in the city," Mishustin said. His words are quoted by the press service of the State Commission for the Development of the Arctic.

According to Vladimir Potanin, President of Norilsk Nickel, the Sulfur program is being implemented in accordance with the plan. "This will allow for about 20% reduction of emissions by the end of the year. And when this line reaches full capacity in 2024, the reduction, as promised, will be about 45%. But we are not limited to this, and we have a task to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions even more significantly, by more than 10 times. And solutions are being prepared for this at the Medny Plant," Potanin said.

Alex Shishlo for Rough&Polished