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31.08.2015
De Beers cautiously optimistic for outlook in major consumer markets
excl_31082015_x.jpgDiamond giant De Beers, which has so far this year adjusted its sales terms for sightholders due to weak diamond market, has said that it is cautiously optimistic for the outlook in the major consumer markets for the all-important end of year selling season. De Beers Group head of media relations Lynette Gould told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa from her base in London that demand conditions in the near term would be dependent upon consumer demand, retail stocking appetite and the rate of midstream inventory depletion. She also commented on the group’s move to provide increased deferral flexibility in sightholder sales as well as its new licences that were granted in Botswana and South Africa.

24.08.2015
GIA’s Global Leadership Program - Building Bridges between Different Sectors of Global Gem and Jewelry Supply Chain
kathryn_kimmel_x.jpgThe Gemological Institute of America (GIA), well-known for its wide range of education programs, launched yet another training course last year in team with the Harvard Business School (HBS), this time bringing together senior gem and jewelry executives from around the world and offering them an opportunity to discuss challenges facing the industry within the frames of the Global Leadership Program. After a successful start-up, the second edition of this Program was run on June 15-18, 2015 and turned to be in the opinion of one of its participants “a splendid platform for peers from all walks of the industry to discuss and exchange ideas”. Rough&Polished asked Kathryn Kimmel, GIA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer to tell more about this educational initiative and here is what she said.

17.08.2015
Pangolin optimistic of finding diamonds in Botswana
leon_daniels_x.jpgPangolin Diamonds, which prides itself as one of the few exploration companies doing “real” diamond exploration, is optimistic of finding diamonds in Botswana, the world’s leading diamond producing country by value. Company president and chief executive Dr. Leon Daniels told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa that current results in the Malatswae Project suggest they are close to discovery. He said the unusual number of diamonds Pangolin had found in a small area of the Malatswae Project strongly indicate that any discovery in the area would be diamondiferous. Daniels said his company should be a producer, not an explorer within the next five years. He also spoke about the company’s other projects in Botswana.





Investigation of diamond fraud in Belgium

06.08.2013

Antwerp authorities recently announced a breakthrough in the investigation of a tiger kidnapping that took place on October 11, 2012 in Antwerp. At that time, three men entered the home of an employee of the Indian diamond company KIRAN BVBA. While the man's wife was kept hostage, he was forced to return to work and empty the vaults of the KIRAN offices in the Hoveniersstraat in the Antwerp diamond district. The total value of the stolen diamonds was estimated at $13 million.
Police investigations now indicate the tiger kidnapping could be staged by the alleged victim, the employee of KIRAN. The authorities believe the man was aided by a middle-man of Indian origin, who in turn hired an Armenian accomplice to execute the tiger kidnapping. The Armenian accomplice collaborated with two Chechen men.
Between July 22 and 29,  five people were arrested in connection with their alleged involvement in the case, the prime suspect - an employee at KIRAN, a man of Indian origin and three plan executors, an Armenian and two Chechens.
Four of them are in custody and are said to have confessed to involvement in the case.
The alleged middle-man of Indian origin was arrested at the Dutch airport Schiphol on July 30. Procedures to extradite the man to Belgium are currently ongoing.
Most of the stolen goods, estimated at a value of $8.7 million, were recovered during a recent raid in Antwerp.

Alex Shishlo, Editor in Chief of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished

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