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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

U.S. Polished Imports Steady in January

20 march 2017
U.S. polished diamond imports were flat at $1.77 billion in January, according to government data.
Polished imports by weight slid 8 percent year on year to 840,669 carats, with the average price jumping 8 percent to $2,099 per carat. Polished diamond exports, meanwhile, slipped 1 percent to $1.25 billion, meaning net polished imports crept up 1 percent to $517 million.
Rough diamond imports grew almost fourfold to $120 million from $31 million a year earlier, while rough exports more than tripled to $56 million. Net rough imports leapt to $64 million from $13 million a year before.
The U.S. net diamond account for January, representing total imports minus total exports, rose 11 percent to $582 million.

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