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

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

Expert: global warming leads to a reduction in the sakura blossom period in Japan

13 march 2024

The process of global warming has an impact on the sakura cherry blossom season in Japan, leading to a reduction in its duration and a change in the boundaries of tree growth areas, said Daisuke Sasano, a specialist in climate risk management at the National Meteorological Agency of Japan, in an interview with TASS.

"From about the middle of this century until its end, the time from the beginning of cherry blossom season to full bloom will be reduced. This will lead to a shorter flowering time frame and fewer days to enjoy the full cherry blossom. It may also affect regions where the cherry blossom season is the main tourist attraction," he said.

At the same time, the expert noted that the probability of extinction of certain types of sakura in Japan is currently low, and global warming should not seriously affect this.

In Japan, the sakura flower with five petals has the status of an unofficial national coat of arms. The time of full flowering of the Far Eastern cherry usually falls on April, when the country's parks are "drowned" in a sea of flowers of all shades of pink.

This period is considered one of the most popular for visiting Japan among foreign tourists.

Alex Shishlo for Rough&Polished