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World Diamond Congress debates reflected widespread challenges, says WFDB President Ernie Blom

The 37th World Diamond Congress in Dubai carried to completion on May 19, 2016 zoomed in on the most challenging issues facing the global diamond industry with a special focus on transparency, responsibility and sustainability. The World Federation of...

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Nurit Rothmann: Gradually Breaking Down Industry Barriers

Diamantaire Nurit Rothmann has been working in the diamond industry for the past two decades. Starting out in polished goods, but in the past 15 years working in rough goods, she is optimistic about the future, saying the global diamond industry has...

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The 37th World Diamond Congress in Dubai - "Finally, a chance for the entire diamond trade to speak with one voice"

The World Diamond Congress is the most important forum of the global diamond industry, which, in the words of Ernie Blom, President of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), gives its participants an opportunity to express their views on the...

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Moscow, Kremlin, Ilgiz F. and his jewels

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All industry members should operate their businesses prudently

Venus Jewel calls themselves ‘Leaders in Solitaires’ and rightly so, given that they are one of the leading Indian companies dealing in solitaires. Rajesh Shah, Partner at Venus Jewel, takes great pride in the fact that the company has 20 years of leadership...

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Namaqualand Diamond Pits Undergo Major Rehabilitation

07 april 2009

Huge open diamond mining pits are currently being turned into oyster farms and nurseries in a multi-million-rand project that may well turn the diamond wasteland of Namaqualand, South Africa into a tourist attraction, Israelidiamond.co.il reported.
Namaqualand, where 80 years of diamond mining has left much of the coastline littered with deep holes, is currently undergoing extensive rehabilitation.
Giant diamond miner De Beers has agreed to back a plan to restore the pitted landscape. Among the projects is an oyster farm which has already been set up in a converted diamond mine pit near Kleinzee.
De Beers also recently joined forces with the Conservation Africa global environmental group to set up a 32000ha eco-zone in the middle of its diamond mine which was once the largest alluvial diamond-producing area in the world.
The project, which is called Living Edge of Africa Project (Leap), is to serve as a lifeline for the abandoned diamond mining towns of Kleinzee and Koingnaas, which morphed into ghost towns when De Beers retrenched most of its Namaqualand workforce.
Leap’s employment projects will help De Beers to comply with strict new diamond mining regulations pertaining to social labor plans and ecological conservation.
Among the planned projects are sea water greenhouses to produce food and fresh water for local consumption, aquaculture farms, producing oysters, perlemoen and mussels in tanks and water-logged mining pits, wind farms producing renewable energy and more.
The project is the joint brainchild of global conservation group Conservation International and environmental scientist Dr Peter Carrick, who heads the Namaqualand Restoration Initiative at the University of Cape Town.

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