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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...

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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

ALROSA receives positive ecological survey report on Upper Munskoye diamond field

16 february 2017
Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage has issued a final positive ecological survey report on ALROSA's Upper Munskoye diamond field.
"The commission made a clear adequate conclusion on the main characteristics of the diamond field, as well as natural features of the territory. According to the document, there are no species listed in the Red Book in this area. In addition, the commission selected a list of measures to prevent possible negative impacts on the environment and approved measures for soil remediation," says Deputy Environmental Protection Chief Engineer at Udachny deposit Alexander Fedorov. "The positive ecological survey report is one of the permits needed to begin the field work at the deposit. We also plan to obtain additional series of permits and licenses for the operation of various facilities in the area."
Project documentation has been developed and approved to begin diamond production at Polar and Magnetic pipes of the Upper Munskoye diamond field. The depth of ore mining will reach 400 meters. It involves extracting all the resource within the area's borders.

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