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25.05.2015
Gemstone dealers are richer than us, Tanzania small scale miners mourn
olam_mustapha_x.jpgTanzania’s Tanga Small Scale Miners Association said it is not happy with the manner in which gemstone dealers in the East African country are profiteering from their hardwork. The association chairperson Olam Mustapha told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa on the sidelines of the Arusha Gem Fair in Tanzania last month that the dealers were buying stones for as low as $10 per gram and then obtain $100 per gram or even $200 per gram when the same stones are sold abroad. Below are excerpts of the interview.

18.05.2015
Demand for diamond jewelry has traditionally been and will be there in spite of crisis situations
valeri_ilyinykh_x.jpgUralskaya Yuvelirnaya Kompaniya (Ural Jewellery Company), Yekaterinburg, holds strong positions on the Russian jewellery market and specializes in the manufacture and wholesale of trendy and classic jewellery made of precious metals, precious and semi-precious gems. Along with exclusive jewellery studded with precious gems, it manufactures big lots of inexpensive and quality jewellery. It has a reputation of a reliable and responsible partner. Valery Ilyinykh, the company’s CEO, gave his answers to questions from Rough&Polished.

12.05.2015
Mira Gulati, Founder and Principal Designer of Mirari
mira_gulati_x.jpgA trained jewellery designer and gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Mira Gulati created the brand ‘Mirari’ to cater to India’s growing demand for luxury jewellery with a contemporary edge, as well as the international market’s craving for aesthetic of the Indian classic treasures. Even before embarking on this journey, Mira worked at several jewellery stores in California to develop her skills in sales, operations, security and dealing with clients. Armed with education and experience, Mira ventured confidently into the business of her dreams.





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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