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...


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

Norilsk Nickel implements innovative X-soft exoskeletons at its enterprises

22 february 2024

Norilsk Nickel has started using innovative X-soft exoskeletons at its enterprises. According to the company, the new tech is set to preserve the health of electrolyzer workers and make their work safer.

"A batch of 52 exoskeletons was purchased by Norilsk Nickel for the Copper Plant. This invention makes it possible to significantly reduce the level of injuries at work and preserve the health of employees. In fact, this is also the prevention of occupational diseases. Electrolyzer workers have very heavy physical loads and difficult working conditions. So, one employee has to lift and carry copper scrap during a shift, the weight of which can reach 50 kilograms," says Dmitry Kopeikin, manager of the Department of Industrial Safety and Health of the processing and metallurgical complex.

Representatives of the Vostok-Service manufacturing company personally demonstrated to the company's employees how to properly put on an exoskeleton, spoke about its maintenance and care.

According to Rosstat data for 2021, 23% of the total volume of occupational injuries are connected to the musculoskeletal system. As a rule, such a large percentage is associated with serious physical exertion, improper lifting and weight transfer.

The exoskeleton helps to evenly distribute the load on the back and legs, thereby minimizing the risk of injury, and long-term, the development of an occupational disease.

Alex Shishlo for Rough&Polished