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Pavel Vinikhin: ALROSA will make a worthy contribution to the revival of the ‘Russian Cut’ Brand

ALROSA is known as the largest diamond mining company throughout the world. However, not everyone is aware that it has its own diamond-cutting division. For a long time, the activity of DIAMONDS ALROSA remained in the shadows, only occasionally attracting...

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William Lamb: Lucara now knows best routes to market large stones

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09 october 2017

GSI was the first in the world to begin testing of smaller size diamonds in bulk and has never looked back since - Mark Gershburg

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Gaetano Cavalieri: Over the long term, demand for diamonds is likely to grow at a steady pace

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25 september 2017

“I am bullish on the future of the diamond business. Three reasons for this optimism... new discoveries, extending mine life and the increasing demand for diamonds”, says Martin Leake

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18 september 2017

Lucapa registered as 70pc shareholder in Mothae Diamonds

22 march 2017
Lucapa Diamond said it was registered as a 70 percent shareholder in Mothae Diamonds Limited (MDL), which holds the mining licence and other assets related to the advanced Mothae Kimberlite Diamond Project in Lesotho.
This development follows the issuance of a new 10-year mining licence to MDL for Mothae.
Lucapa had also made the first $400,000 payment to the government of Lesotho for its stake in MDL.
The also said that it had appointed its representatives to the board of MDL.
The representatives would include managing director Stephen Wetherall, chairperson Miles Kennedy and chief operating officer Nick Selby.
“In addition, Lucapa has appointed Mr Keith Whitelock and Mr Jan Venter to the MDL Board,” said Lucapa.
“Mr Whitelock is a former Chief Executive of Letšeng Diamonds and both he and Mr Venter have significant experience in diamond mine development in Lesotho.”
Meanwhile, the company said it had engaged independent consultants to convert the Canadian NI43-101 Mothae diamond resource to JORC 2012 compliant standards.
“This work is expected to be completed shortly,” it said.
Lucapa plans to bring Mothae into production within 12 months.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished

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