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Zimnisky: Hard to protect lab-diamond price as production methods, economics improve

Paul Zimnisky, an independent diamond industry analyst and consultant, said it will be very difficult for the lab-diamond manufactures to protect price as production processes and economics improve. He told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive...

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James Campbell: Scoping study results for SA’s Thorny River due mid-year

Botswana Diamonds appeared to have expended most of its energy and resources last year on the new Thorny River project in South Africa as its Sunland Minerals joint venture with Alrosa, in Botswana takes long to find diamonds despite significant effort...

16 april 2018

MGCJ founder Branko Deljanin: Production of synthetic diamonds is still larger than consumption

Founder and Chairman of the Mediterranean Gemmological and Jewellery Conference, MGJC, Branko Deljanin kindly agreed to answer questions from Rough&Polished related to synthetic diamonds and the upcoming 4th session MGJC in May in Budva, Montenegro.

09 april 2018

There is some magic in a diamond

Alexander Gorynya is a Director General of the St. Petersburg-based Kongo jewellery company. He is a Chairman of the Union of North-West Jewellers. In 1978, he graduated from the North-Western Extramural Polytechnic University. Since 1983, he worked...

02 april 2018

Looking for the Kimberley Process achieving further and meaningful sustainable progress

On March 7, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly welcomed the progress made by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme to break links between the diamond trade and conflict and adopted a consensus resolution aimed at intensifying that work aligning...

26 march 2018

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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