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Diamond should always be the real thing - Ali Pastorini

Ali Pastorini, Senior Vice-President of the World Jewelry Hub in Panama City and owner/partner of DEL LIMA JEWERLY in an interview to Rough & Polished talked about the trends of the jewelry market in Latin America, the preferences of its consumers...

22 august 2016

We are in a seasonally quieter period for demand – De Beers

De Beers’ rough diamond production dropped 15 percent to 13.3 million carats during the first half of 2016 compared to 15.6 million carats, a year earlier, reflecting the decision to reduce production in response to prevailing trading conditions in the...

15 august 2016

The task set before industry is to provide consumer with maximum information about diamonds we sell

(Interfax.ru) - After “conflict diamonds” have been virtually excluded from the market by the Kimberley Process (KP), the latter, as well as the World Diamond Council (WDC) found they...

08 august 2016

"I believe that honesty, integrity, and impeccable customer service are the key points to maintaining a long-lasting company” - Leibish Polnauer

More than 35 years ago, Leibish Polnauer entered the industry, trading in fancy cut diamonds but soon the love for color drew him into the fancy colored diamond sector. The mid 90s saw him develop his first online website and he eventually became one...

08 august 2016

Diamond Centre as Part of Olonkholand

Lena Fyodorova, Director of Olonkholand Complex Design Company told Rough&Polished about the possibilities arising with the creation of the Diamond and Jewellery Centre in Yakutsk within the framework of the Olonkholand Complex.

01 august 2016

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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