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

India eyes bigger share of diamond market thanks to LGD

29 august 2023

India is taking a shot at the global diamond trade with its lab-grown variety, whose exports were estimated at around $1.5 bn in 2022-23.

Fuelling its expectations is the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recognising it as 'cultured', instead of artificial or synthetic.

On the eve of the G20 ministerial meeting here in Delhi, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said lab-grown diamonds are made through natural elements and the recognition by the US FTC will further enhance their acceptance globally and benefit Indian entities. "It is a huge thumbs up for the Indian industry," he added.

The government had sought to provide an impetus to lab-grown diamonds in this year's budget and provided a grant to IIT-Madras to establish an India Centre for Lab-Grown Diamond. These diamonds are cheaper compared to natural ones, and the price depends on the size and quality.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished