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The Paul Zimnisky Diamond Analytics Podcast provides a look into the global diamond industry with leading analyst Paul Zimnisky. Each episode features a full-length interview with a special guest to discuss the diamond industry and related topics while sharing interesting observations, thoughts and analysis. A wide range of guests from around the world have joined the show from all segments of the diamond supply chain and beyond, including: exploration geologists, jewelry designers, marketin ...
 
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Author Matthew Hart rejoins the show upon the debut of his latest thriller novel “Ice Angel.” The conversation begins with Matthew providing a glimpse into his new book (a follow up to “The Russian Pink”) which involves the murder of a diamond prospector in the Canadian North and a plot that parallels the current geopolitical climate between the U.…
 
Created-gem pioneer Tom Chatham joins the show to tell the history behind his eponymously-named company and to discuss an array of topics related to lab-created diamonds and other gems. The conversation starts off with Tom telling the very interesting story of his father, Carroll, who at a very young age successfully grew commercial-quality emerald…
 
Veteran mining executive Mark Brennan joins the show to discuss an array of topics related to commodities and economics. The conversation begins with Paul and Mark discussing the performance of gold during the pandemic and what current fundamentals could mean for future prices. The two then discuss the current debate around inflation and the impact…
 
Stanley Mathuram of SCS Global Services joins the show to discuss the company’s foray into diamond sustainability certification. The episode begins with Stanley explaining why SCS is just now getting into diamonds even though the company has provided sustainability certification (more broadly) for jewelry for years. The conversation then moves to h…
 
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) expert and activist Cristina Villegas joins the show from Washington, DC. The conversation starts with a discussion on how the world of ASM employs 40 million people globally, a third of which are women; as Cristina describes “in most cases they are rural villagers trying to make a living.” Cristina then provi…
 
Mel Moss, a Canadian diamond wholesaler with over four decades of experience, joins the show to share his thoughts on an array of relevant and timely topics impacting the diamond industry today. The conversation starts with Mel recounting his memory of when Canadian diamonds first hit the market in the 1990’s. The two then discuss the concept of “d…
 
Jewelry designer and entrepreneur Catherine Sarr joins the show to discuss her journey of building ALMASIKA into a successful brand which is sold around the world and worn by celebrities including: Reese Witherspoon, Alicia Keys, Oliva Munn, Zoë Kravitz and Lizzo. The discussion starts with Catherine telling the story of how she transitioned from w…
 
In this episode Paul talks with James Kwantes, a Canadian mining journalist and editor of junior mining investment publication Resource Opportunities. The conversation starts with James explaining why Vancouver is a hub for mining exploration companies. The two then discuss how the global move to sustainably is dependent on raw materials like metal…
 
Dale Vince, founder of the world’s first green energy company, Ecotricity, and owner of the Forest Green Rovers Football Club, the world’s first vegan professional sports team, joins to the show to discuss renewable energy and his foray into lab-diamonds made from “atmospheric carbon.” The episode begins with Dale sharing how he was living an “off …
 
Paul has an in-depth discussion with Tiffany Stevens of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, a 100-year-old organization based in New York that provides compliance guidance and legal services to the jewelry industry. The two start out talking about the Ira Sohn Investment Conference, an acclaimed annual event where hedge fund managers give away some o…
 
Paul chats with Olya Linde and Sophia Kravchenko of Bain & Co. about their widely read and referenced Bain Diamond Industry Report. Paul asks Olya and Sophia what it’s like working for Bain and Olya shares the story of the origins of the diamond report –which has now been published on an annual basis since 2011. Next, Olya shares what she sees as t…
 
Paul talks with diamond and jewelry midstream expert Jon Phillips who joins the Podcast from Vancouver. The two start out discussing the place in the market for Canadian-provenance branded diamonds such as Maple Leaf Diamonds and CanadaMark. The conversation then shifts to whether consumers actually care about diamond fluorescence and other categor…
 
Paul talks with reporter and author Matthew Hart about his recently published thriller novel, “The Russian Pink,” which revolves around a fancy pink diamond, a Russian double agent and a U.S. government investigator. Matthew articulately discusses what sparked his interest in the diamond industry as a subject matter and tells the story of the disco…
 
Paul talks with Ed about the popular series of webinars he hosted for CIBJO in 2020 on the global gem and jewelry industry. Ed recollects some of the pertinent industry trends he noticed while interviewing and talking to over 60 leading industry experts in only nine months. Paul and Ed then discuss the most frequently asked questions of industry st…
 
Paul and Michelle begin by discussing lab-created diamonds and how the product will ultimately be seen by consumers: as fashion or fine jewelry? The two then talk about how lab-created fits into independent jewelers’ merchandizing strategies, what the net reduction of jewelers in American means for the industry and how the growth of independent jew…
 
Paul welcomes back industry journalist Rob Bates to talk about his recently published novel “A Murder is Forever.” Paul and Rob also discuss the latest developments in lab-grown diamonds and Blue Nile’s expansion plans. The conversation concludes with the two analyzing Amazon’s latest foray into luxury, the company’s invitation-only site “Luxury St…
 
Paul talks with marketing executive and CEO of the Natural Diamond Council (NDC) David Kellie about how his fresh perspective positions him well for the role of leading the industry’s category marketing effort. Paul and David also discuss what made De Beers’ “A Diamond is Forever” campaign so successful, what distributing marketing content is like …
 
Paul talks with UK-based economist and author Peter Sainsbury. Paul starts by asking Peter how his new book on navigating the daily barrage of information prepared him for the pandemic. The two then discuss whether the global gold market is manipulated and if there is a ceiling on the gold price. Paul and Peter also talk about humans’ innate desire…
 
Paul talks with Geoffrey Madderson of TOMRA about how advancements in sorting equipment technology, using x-ray and near-infrared sensors, has significantly improved diamond recovery in recent years, yielding record breaking stones such as the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona, the 813-carat Constellation and the 1,758-carat Sewelô –all of which were reco…
 
Paul talks with De Beers’ Senior Vice President of Social Impact, Katie Fergusson, about the company’s kimberlite carbon capture initiative, CarbonVault. Katie provides a background on how De Beers got involved with the project and then the two discuss what it could mean for carbon neutral, or even net-negative-emission, diamond mining. Katie then …
 
Paul talks with documentary film producer Cleo Abram about her recent Netflix Explained episode on diamonds. Cleo shares why she chose the topic of diamonds for the piece, talks about what the production process was like and discusses her newfound opinion of the diamond industry. The episode is concluded with the two discussing thoughts on using in…
 
Paul discusses diamond jewelry with the very talented designer and artist Reena Ahluwalia. The two discuss diamond jewelry consumer tastes and trends, how this has changed and the direction it is headed. Reena shares how demographics, culture and value propositions are incorporated into the design process. The two then discuss the growing desire fo…
 
In this episode, Paul talks with industry marketing expert Sally Morrison, currently Chief Marketing Officer of Lightbox, De Beers’ lab-grown diamond jewelry brand. The conversation starts with a discussion about how the diamond industry has not moved fast enough in recent years to embrace a changing consumer. However, Sally expresses her enthusias…
 
In this episode, Paul talks with Ken Johnson of Lipari Mineração about how he brought a Brazilian diamond exploration project into the first and only kimberlite diamond mine in South America. The two discuss the rich history of diamond mining in Brazil and potential the nation holds to become a more significant source of modern commercial diamond p…
 
In this debut episode, Paul discusses the current state of the diamond industry with leading journalist Rob Bates from JCK magazine. The two discuss whether the negative sentiment in the diamond industry is justified and how the industry can continue to drive demand for diamonds in the post- De Beers’ monopoly era. The discussion then turns to lab-…
 
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