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14.04.2014
In India demand for diamond jewellery is growing - Sulish Verma
Vikas Chain & Jewellery (P) Ltd of Delhi is one of the leading manufacturers and wholesalers of gold chains, gems and diamond jewellery in India. The company’s collections comprise superbly crafted jewellery embellished with diamonds and precious stones of the finest quality. In an interview with Rough&Polished, Sulish Verma, the company’s managing director, touches upon the present conditions prevailing in India, its effects on the jewellery sector’s growth and cautions  jewellers to focus on design and quality to survive in the competitive business scenario, as well as to gain the confidence of today’s discerning customers.

07.04.2014
Botswana, SA highly prospective says De Beers
De Beers, a leading global diamond miner in terms of value, said Botswana and South Africa are both highly prospective and geologically form part of the same cratonic region in Southern Africa. The group’s head of media relations Lynette Gould told Rough&Polished’s African Bureau Editor-In-Chief Mathew Nyaungwa that although they had been continuously prospecting for kimberlites in Botswana since 1955, the diamond producer historically had less access to prospective ground in South Africa due to the mineral legislation pre-1994, but with the introduction of the new legislation in 2004, new areas had opened up. Meanwhile, the group said it was currently having discussions with the Angolan government and state-diamond company Endiama for new concessions.

31.03.2014
Ukrainian emerald cartel
Several years ago, the agents of the Ukrainian Security Service intercepted a large parcel of smuggled Colombian emeralds at the Borispol Airport in Kiev. The case promised to set off much drumbeat, but it quickly fell apart. There were two reasons for this: the affair involved a senior official of one of the law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, while the emeralds turned out to be ... synthetic. Later, some of the participants in this case were forced to leave Ukraine due to the well-known political events in the country. One of them agreed to comment the specifics associated with the trade in synthetic gemstones to Rough&Polished. Our meeting took place in Athens in early March of this year.





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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