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

Petra Diamonds names Varda Shine as its interim chairperson

22 november 2023

Petra Diamonds has appointed Varda Shine, a senior independent director, as its interim chairperson following the retirement of Peter Hill.

Hill has served as the company's chairperson since March 2020.

Shine, according to Petra, will head the hunt for a permanent chairperson as well as chair the nomination and investment committees.

During this interim period, she will also continue to serve as the head of the pay committee.

"I would like to thank Peter for his service to Petra Diamonds as its chair and look forward to working with my fellow directors to ensure a smooth transition and continuation of Petra's robust Governance framework until a permanent replacement is sought," said Shine.

She worked with De Beers for 30 years, culminating in her appointment as CEO of De Beers Trading Company, a $6 billion midstream organisation.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished