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Diamond should always be the real thing - Ali Pastorini

Ali Pastorini, Senior Vice-President of the World Jewelry Hub in Panama City and owner/partner of DEL LIMA JEWERLY in an interview to Rough & Polished talked about the trends of the jewelry market in Latin America, the preferences of its consumers...

22 august 2016

We are in a seasonally quieter period for demand – De Beers

De Beers’ rough diamond production dropped 15 percent to 13.3 million carats during the first half of 2016 compared to 15.6 million carats, a year earlier, reflecting the decision to reduce production in response to prevailing trading conditions in the...

15 august 2016

The task set before industry is to provide consumer with maximum information about diamonds we sell

(Interfax.ru) - After “conflict diamonds” have been virtually excluded from the market by the Kimberley Process (KP), the latter, as well as the World Diamond Council (WDC) found they...

08 august 2016

"I believe that honesty, integrity, and impeccable customer service are the key points to maintaining a long-lasting company” - Leibish Polnauer

More than 35 years ago, Leibish Polnauer entered the industry, trading in fancy cut diamonds but soon the love for color drew him into the fancy colored diamond sector. The mid 90s saw him develop his first online website and he eventually became one...

08 august 2016

Diamond Centre as Part of Olonkholand

Lena Fyodorova, Director of Olonkholand Complex Design Company told Rough&Polished about the possibilities arising with the creation of the Diamond and Jewellery Centre in Yakutsk within the framework of the Olonkholand Complex.

01 august 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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