In a world where transparency is more and more the standard, our business must address the lab grading issue willingly

Jeweler-Designer Arnaud Flambeau started his career in the jewelry business in 1993 at European Gold Company CLAL as Key Account Manager for the Jewelry Division, where he was in charge of international brands like Cartier or VCA and their subcontractors...


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...

18 june 2018

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

Hydrogeological situation at Mir diamond mine put under stricter monitoring

17 august 2017
Currently, the main task is to ensure the safety of miners and rescuers on the mine’s level of -210 meters, where search works are carried on. To this end, ALROSA specialists monitor the water level in the quarry and in the underground mine every two hours based on the work plan. The monitoring is carried out by Rietl vz-4000 laser scanner and a Leica ts-06 total station. The obtained measurements permit to create a 3D model of water accumulated on the bottom and estimate its volume. These parameters are laid in the schedule of filling the mine with water and make it possible to calculate the degree of danger for the rescue operation. In addition, the pumps installed for dewatering are equipped with ultrasonic flowmeters. The readings of these devices are taken into account when assessing the risk of search and rescue operations.
During the past day, eight 51 men strong paramilitary units of Russia’s EMERCOM were sent to the mine to continue search and rescue works. Cargos were thrown off from helicopters into the quarry above the underground mine, which helped to drain some part of water (more than 2000 m3) from its pit. In total, 77 meters of underground workings were cleared from 1 685 m3 of rock mass.


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