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

GJEPC hosts Ratnakalakar Samriddhi Samrambh seminar for 800+ artisans

01 february 2024

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC) hosted the 'Ratnakalakar Samriddhi Samarambh' seminar at Saurashtra Bhavan-Surat last week aimed at providing valuable insights to over 800 diamond and Bengali artisans associated with the jewellery industry.

During the seminar, Vijay Mangukiya, Regional Chairman-Gujarat, GJEPC, introduced the Parichay Card and highlighted the associated free medical policy to support artisans. Special guest Assistant Labor Commissioner S S Dubey informed about various government schemes, ensuring artisans were aware of their privileges.

Jignesh Desai of NJ Finance emphasised the significance of a systematic investment plan (SIP) and shared essential rules to follow before taking loans, while Dr Nimesh Ramoliya of Radha Hospital provided insights into mandatory medical reports and advised on health maintenance with tips on regular breaks during the day. Sohail Savani of Savani Foundation stressed the importance of schemes such as PF and ESIC, urging artisans to avail these services for their well-being.

The seminar garnered widespread support from associations including the Indian Diamond Institute, Surat Diamond Association, Surat Jewelry Manufacturers Association, Ratnakalakar Vikas Sangh, Diamond Worker Union Gujarat, and Bengali Manufacturers Welfare Association.

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