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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...

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

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 discovers more diamonds at Brooking project

15 january 2018

Lucapa Diamond Company said it recovered more diamonds at its 80 percent-owned Brooking project, in Western Australia.
The company, which also has stakes in Angola’s Lulo project and Lesotho’s Mothae project, said 119 diamonds, including seven macro-diamonds of up to 1.0mm were recovered from microdiamond analysis of 86.8kg of core sample from the one hole drilled at Little Spring Creek prospect.
Little Spring Creek was located within 50km of the Ellendale diamond mine, which, when in production, produced more than 50 percent of the world’s annual supply of fancy yellow diamonds.
Lucapa said Little Spring Creek results enhanced the prospectivity of the other proximal targets at Brooking where diamonds and indicator minerals were also recovered in previous surface sampling programs.
 “The high concentrations of micro-diamonds and macro-diamonds recovered from the Little Spring Creek drill core sample is extremely encouraging and the counts are very similar to the MIDA results from the Ellendale E9 and E4 diamond pipes 50km west in the West Kimberley lamproite field,” said Lucapa managing director Stephen Wetherall.
Lamproite pipes were a known host of diamonds in the West Kimberley region.
Wetherall said the objective of the drilling programme was to identify lamproitic material from targets identified during earlier surface sampling.

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

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