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Vallabhbhai Shamjibhai Patel tells about the ongoing construction of the Surat Diamond Bourse

The under-construction Surat Diamond Bourse (SDB) is India's second diamond trading hub based at Surat, Gujarat, spread across 35.54 acres with more than 4,000 offices for national & international traders. On the onset, the project which...

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The strategy of regulating the Russian jewellery industry

At the General Meeting of the Russian Jewellers Guild Association held in April, two principally important documents were adopted: The Strategy of Regulating the Jewellery Industry of Russia and The Charter of a Good Faith Taxpayer. Besides, the issues...

13 june 2018

Our first priority is to better understand artisanal and small-scale mining - Elodie Daguzan

The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), the organization dealing with the traditional diamond mining, recently announced the appointment of Élodie Daguzan as its first Goodwill Ambassador. Ms. Daguzan, who currently works as head of communication...

04 june 2018

Zimnisky on De Beers’ Lightbox: It’s a strategic, bold move that will benefit the entire natural diamond industry

De Beers shocked all and sundry end of May when it announced the launch of a new company called Lightbox Jewelry, which will market a new brand of laboratory-grown diamond jewellery in September. This effectively meant that the group had departed from...

01 june 2018

Tracking the provenance and lifecycle of a product is a natural and necessary evolution in our industry

A senior executive with a demonstrated history of working globally at management and board levels, Marcus ter Haar has been the Managing Director at Okavango Diamond Company (ODC), Botswana for about 10 months now, prior to which he held the...

28 may 2018

Lucapa identifies 11 new electromagnetic kimberlite exploration targets at Lulo

27 july 2017

Lucapa Diamonds said an extensive 8,566 line km Time Domain Electromagnetic (TDEM) survey at Lulo Mine in Angola has identified 11 new electromagnetic (EM) conductive kimberlite exploration targets of up to 150 hectares with little or no previous magnetic signature.
Lucapa and its partners Endiama and Rosas & Petalas had been conducting a kimberlite exploration programme at Lulo, which seeks to locate the primary hard rock sources of the large and premium value Lulo alluvial diamonds.
The TDEM results had enabled the Lulo geological team to update the ongoing kimberlite drilling programme, said Lucapa.
Of the 11 new targets, five were located along drainage systems feeding into the Mining Block 8 area, which had been a regular source of large and premium-value, irregular shaped and jagged edged alluvial diamonds.
Lucapa said three of the new EM targets were located further south-east along the Cacuilo River near the L165-L170 kimberlite area.
This region, it said, was previously highlighted as an area of exploration interest due to favourable mineral chemistry results, including a micro-diamond and G10 garnets.
Meanwhile, Lucapa said kimberlite drilling at Lulo would continue for the remainder of 2017 with the aim of extracting core from the priority targets identified from the TDEM results.
“This systematic drilling programme will also include a planned deep hole at the L259 target, when ground conditions permit,” it said.

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

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