SA’s Vutomi project can start production end of 2018 – John Teeling

Botswana Diamonds entered into an option and earn-in agreement with Vutomi Mining and Razorbill Properties, a private diamond exploration and development firm in South Africa last February. It agreed to pay Vutomi a total of £942,000 in cash, of which...


Proximity doesn’t matter, your pocket does: Tanzanians interested in tanzanite jewellery can testify

Tanzanite, a rare blue/purple gem, was discovered in the Merarani Hills of Manyara Region in northern Tanzania in 1967, a few miles from Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro. It is used as a gemstone and of late Tanzanians are manufacturing quality jewellery...

19 june 2017

Global demand for polished diamonds will remain steady – Ali Pastorini

Ali Pastorini, senior vice-president of the World Jewelry Hub, answered questions from Rough & Polished concerning the world diamond market, preferences of consumers and role of bank crediting.

13 june 2017

Eternal values in Malaya Bronnaya Street

The assay supervision in Russia is 317 years old. Much younger is the Moscow Gemological Certification Centre (MGCC) established under the Assay Chamber and located in the same ancient respectable mansion at 18, Malaya Bronnaya Street. The MGCC employees’...

05 june 2017

Diamonds will have the greatest potential in 2017

Mumbai-based Rajesh Bhagat, India Consultant of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) who oversees HKTDC’s operations across India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, has been assisting companies, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the...

29 may 2017

Sarine Technologies releases new version of its rough planning software


Sarine has announced the release of AdvisorTM 7.0, the latest version of its industry-leading rough planning software tool.

Firestone Diamonds ups production guidance to 360 000 ct


Firestone Diamonds said it is expecting to recover about 360,000 carats in the financial year ending 30 June 2017, against April's guidance of 300,000 carats at its Liqhobong diamond mine in Lesotho.

BrilliAnt 2018 to be highlight of Antwerp Diamond Year


BrilliAnt - the 9th ADTF is to be held January 28-30, 2018, AWDC announced.

Golden Saint recovers 14 diamonds from Sierra Leone’s Tongo licence


Golden Saint has recovered 14 diamonds, weighing a total of 10.46 ct, from its Tongo licence, in Sierra Leone, following bulk sampling operations last week. The stones, it said in an operational update, ranged from 0.25 to 2.15 carats per stone.

Angola’s Endiama surpasses 2016 diamond output target

23 june 2017

Angola’s state-owned diamond mining company Endiama produced 9.21 million carats of diamonds last year, exceeding a target of 9 million carats set by the ministry of planning and territorial development.

ALROSA said three members left its Executive Committee

23 june 2017

On Thursday, the Supervisory Board of ALROSA decided to terminate the powers of three members sitting on its Executive Committee - Ilya Ryaschin, Sergey Pushkin and Valery Serov.

Independent Gemfields committee accuses Pallinghurst of dirty tricks

23 june 2017

An independent Gemfields committee has urged shareholders to take no action at this time in relation to the unsolicited Pallinghurst offer.

SA Deputy President urges talks between Govt, miners on Charter

23 june 2017

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for talks between government and the mining industry to recraft the Mining Charter.

Italy police seize bank documents in diamond sales probe

23 june 2017

Italian tax police seized documents from the offices of five lenders on Wednesday in an investigation over alleged fraud in relation to the distribution of diamonds to bank customers, three sources with knowledge of the case told Reuters.

Engagement-Ring Prices Stable at $3.4K

23 june 2017

The price of engagement and wedding rings in the US hasn’t changed much since last year, according to data that research group The Wedding Report released Monday.

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