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

PGI CEO Huw Daniel to retire; new CEO named

08 february 2024

Platinum Guild International (PGI), the jewelry industry’s authority on platinum, has announced that its longtime chief executive, Huw Daniel will retire at the end of March, after twenty one years with the organization.

Originally from Wales, Huw Daniel spent a large portion of his career in advertising, working in both Europe and Asia, for notable clients such as British Airways and Proctor & Gamble, prior to joining PGI. His first introduction to the jewelry industry was his tenure with De Beers in Asia Pacific, where he worked on campaigns for eleven global markets. Having started his tenure in 2003 as president of PGI USA, Huw Daniel rose to the position of CEO in 2015.

Tim Schlick, the organization’s current Chief Operating Officer, who will begin his tenure as Chief Executive Officer on April 4, 2024. Having been a valued member of PGI since 2015, when he joined as Chief Strategy Officer, the transition is expected to be seamless.

Benny Oeyen, Executive Head, Market Development, PGMs, for Anglo American, who support Platinum Guild International via dedicated funding, commented “It has been a pleasure to work with Huw over the years and I thank him for his unwavering commitment to developing the demand for platinum jewelry globally.”

Schlick’s vision for the future includes building on the strong foundation established by Huw Daniel he said: “To me, the next logical step is to apply what we have built over the years to unlock more opportunities for the trade, and by doing so, create incremental value for both our partners and sponsors, scaling the value we create.”

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