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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...

26 june 2017

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

First ever G&J Common Facility Centre inaugurated in Gujarat

16 february 2017
The first ever Common Facility Centre for the gems and jewellery trade was inaugurated by Smt Rita Teaotia, Hon'ble Commerce Secretary, Government of India on Feb.13, 2017 at Visnagar in Gujarat, India.
The centre is part of the government supported project to establish centres at key locations in smaller towns where artisans from smaller enterprises will have access to the latest technology for diamond cutting and polishing.
Also present on the occasion were Shri Manoj Dwivedi, JS, MoC&I, Smt. D. Thara, industries Secretary, Govt. of Gujarat, Shri Rushikesh Patel, MLA Visnagar, Shri Dineshbhai Navadiya, GJEPC Regional Chairman, Gujarat, Shri Sabyasachi Ray, Executive Director, GJEPC, Shri Jethabhai Prajapati, President Visnagar Diamond Association, Shri Govindbhai Patel, member of Implementing and Monitoring Committee, members from Gujarat Regional Committee, office bearers of Amreli, Palanpur, Ahmedabad and Botad diamond association and trade members from local diamond industry.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Rough & Polished, Rough & Polished

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