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.


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

PGI: India beats US, China & Japan in Q2 platinum retail sales

13 october 2023

India is the strongest performer in the second quarter with Y-o-Y retail sales growth, among the top four global platinum jewellery markets, according to ‘Platinum Jewellery Business Review’ (PJBR) published by global platinum marketing organisation Platinum Guild International (PGI).

In India, platinum jewellery experienced substantial growth in the second quarter, compared with the same quarter of 2022, driven by a strong bridal season, the Akshaya Tritiya festival season and the effectiveness of retail activation programmes.

PGI’s strategic partners reported an average growth of 23% year-on-year in platinum jewellery retail sales, attributed to the impactful campaigns for Platinum Love Bands and Platinum Evara; a successful Platinum Seasons of Love retail push; and the effectiveness of PGI’s training programmes, which facilitated higher conversions and active upselling.

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