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“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

Martin Leake is a PhD exploration geologist and Six Sigma black belt who has been involved in the rough diamond market since 2004. He worked for BHP Billiton for 22 years and recently left Grib Diamonds where he helped set up a world-class marketing...

18 september 2017

Diamond exploration junior obtained conclusive proof of diamond-bearing kimberlites in Russia’s North

OOO Proex Service, which is searching for diamonds in the Arkhangelsk Region of Russia, discovered seven kimberlite pipes in the Kozolsky license area having spent 15 months for the find. One of the pipes is very similar to the highly diamondiferous...

11 september 2017

People do not just make fun in the social media, they make purchases there

Oksana Senatorova has been famous in the jewellery world for a long time as a publisher of the ‘Navigator in the Jewellery Trade’ journal, organizer of the international contest ‘The Best Jewellery Store of the Year’, curator of professional events and...

04 september 2017

‘There is no illegal tanzanite mining in Tanzania’

Richland Resources, which wholly-owned TanzaniteOne until the Tanzanian government forced it to relinquish half of its stake to the State Mining Corporation (STAMICO), exited the country in 2015 to focus on its operations in Australia. The formalisation...

28 august 2017

David Block: “Intellectual property theft is not just Sarine's problem...whole industry should combat this phenomenon.”

For more than 15 years, David Block served in various senior positions at Sarine Technologies in Israel and India. From 2012 until his appointment as CEO in 2017, Block was Sarine's Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for...

21 august 2017

Scio Diamond to Up Synthetics Production

17 july 2017
Lab-grown diamond producer Scio Diamond Technology Corporation will boost its output of synthetic rough diamonds over the summer, following a recent restructuring of its debt.
“We’ve made significant progress with our white diamonds recently, and I am excited by the rapid growth we are seeing in the market,” CEO Gerald McGuire said. “Our customer base has recognized these improvements and are creating stunning gemstones from our rough.”
Last year saw ongoing losses for the South Carolina-based company, which noted in August that its low revenue to date was putting its operations at risk. This past March, it said that despite monthly sales improvements, the company had yet to achieve profitability.
Last week, however, it announced that it had restructured its debt through Heritage Gemstone Investors (HGI) and would receive further funding.
The agreement extends Scio Diamond’s note maturity by one year to December 2018, according to the company. It also offers the company relief on interest payments and gives it access to additional HGI funds.
“Our board and lender, HGI, recognize the incredible opportunity we have before us, and I believe this announcement demonstrates their support of the company’s efforts,” McGuire said, adding that the company “expects to ramp up its production of white diamonds over the summer months.”

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