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This year, ALROSA’s geologists will continue to search for new diamond deposits in Africa

The Department for Evaluation of New Areas at the Research and Exploration Company affiliated to ALROSA is based in St. Petersburg and deals with the forecasting and prospecting of diamond deposits in the North-East European Platform and in promising...

08 february 2016

End of an era as Shmuel Schnitzer's fourth term ends

A month or so after stepping down from the presidency of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) for the second time – making a total of eight years at the helm of one of the world's biggest bourses – Shmuel Schnitzer is able to provide valuable insights both...

01 february 2016

Amin Luxury: Style and Innovation

The theme of innovation has been a central one in the diamond industry. While everyone seems to agree with the fact that innovation is crucial for the business, few companies have come through with revolutionary ideas. Among them is Amin Luxury, a company...

25 january 2016

We will definitely need time to fix damages and rebuild foundations

Andre Messika was already an established diamantaire in Paris, known as a topnotch distributor of polished diamonds, when he migrated to Israel in 2003. In Israel, he opened the company’s - Andre Messika Diamonds Ltd - main office in The Israel Diamond...

18 january 2016

‘Brokers, dealers involved in Tanzania illegal mining, smuggling of gemstones, not small-scale miners’

Before Richland Resources exited Tanzania to focus on tsavorite mining in Australia, it constantly bemoaned the unabated illegal tanzanite mining that seriously disrupted operations on its Block C at Merelani. Although a joint venture agreement with...

11 january 2016

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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