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Tanzania to cautiously extend ban on export of rough gemstones from tanzanite

Tanzania, which imposed a ban on the export of rough tanzanite more than 1 gram to encourage local beneficiation, said it will cautiously extend the moratorium to other precious stones in the country once it has the capacity to cut and polish all gemstones...

22 may 2017

De Beers sees sales volumes returning to “more normal” levels

De Beers registered a higher than usual volume of sales in the first quarter following a “strong” rebound in demand levels for lower value stones during the first sales cycle of 2017. The unexpected introduction of demonetisation in India late last year...

15 may 2017

If not gemologists, who else will maintain the image of diamonds in consumers’ eyes?

The Moscow State University’s Gemological Centre created in 1995 trains the specialists in rough and polished diamonds, colour gems, jewellery, characterization, expert evaluation, grading and marketing. The MSU’s lecturers and researchers, scientists...

10 may 2017

Manufacturing should be in line with market demand

Ernie Blom, the President of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) for the third term, has served on a range of industry bodies as an executive as well as chairman for many years, including Chairman, Diamond Dealers Club of South Africa; Chairman...

02 may 2017

South African investors have little appetite for investments

A business and technical leader in the diamond exploration and mining industry, James Campbell has spent over thirty years in the diamond industry and is currently Managing Director of Botswana Diamonds plc. His immediate past role was Chief Executive...

24 april 2017

Investigation of diamond fraud in Belgium

06 august 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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