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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 recovers 25 ct yellow gem diamond at Mothae

23 may 2018
Lucapa Diamond said it has recovered a 25 carat yellow gem diamond from its 70 percent-owned Mothae kimberlite mine in Lesotho.

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Image credit: Lucapa Diamond


The diamond was recovered from the Neck Zone of the Mothae kimberlite, which was not part of the current 1 million-carat plus JORC resource.
“The diamond was recovered within the first two days of trial processing through the bulk sampling plant after recent efficiency and security modifications,” it said in a statement.
“Following sign off of the modifications, Mothae will commence processing three 50,000 tonne bulk samples of kimberlite material from the Neck, North and South East Zones, with the aim of adding to the JORC resource and the mine life.”
It said other 5-carat plus diamond recovered from the first two days of trial processing of material from the Neck Zone included a 6 carat diamond.
Meanwhile, Lucapa said construction of the new 150 tonne per hour treatment plant with XRT large diamond recovery technology continued on schedule for commercial production in the second half of the year.

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

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