The period of volatility and gradual adjustment will continue in the immediate future - Vipul Shah

Vipul Shah, an ace businessman and visionary, has been instrumental in establishing the Asian Star Group’s global network. Under his guidance, Asian Star, a company solely into diamond manufacturing, ‘metamorphosed’ into a value added, vertically integrated...

17 october 2016

Young diamantaires aim to take diamond industry forward

It started out as an informal meeting of diamantaires attending the 37th World Diamond Congress in Dubai last May, but quickly took off. The World Federation of Diamond Bourses' (WFDB) Young Diamantaires group held its inaugural meeting in Hong Kong...

10 october 2016

Dorothée Gizenga: ‘Blood diamonds’ are no longer the real problem

Dorothée Gizenga, head of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), the organization dealing with the traditional diamond mining, in her interview to Rough&Polished told about the challenges facing DDI and the programs it is implementing.

03 october 2016

We estimate gold demand for 2016 to be in the range of 750 to 850 tonnes – Somasundaram, MD, WGC-India

Somasundaram PR joined the World Gold Council in January 2013, as Managing Director, India. Based in Mumbai, Som is responsible for leading the World Gold Council's activities across the Indian gold market. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Som has over...

26 september 2016

Actions undertaken by ALROSA are intended to support true diamond manufacturers

Recently, the EPL Alliance and Diamond and Jewelry Manufacturers Guild of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) backed ALROSA in the press, welcoming its position in support of Russia’s diamond-cutting businesses in view of the abolition of the 6.5% export...

19 september 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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