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24.08.2015
GIA’s Global Leadership Program - Building Bridges between Different Sectors of Global Gem and Jewelry Supply Chain
kathryn_kimmel_x.jpgThe Gemological Institute of America (GIA), well-known for its wide range of education programs, launched yet another training course last year in team with the Harvard Business School (HBS), this time bringing together senior gem and jewelry executives from around the world and offering them an opportunity to discuss challenges facing the industry within the frames of the Global Leadership Program. After a successful start-up, the second edition of this Program was run on June 15-18, 2015 and turned to be in the opinion of one of its participants “a splendid platform for peers from all walks of the industry to discuss and exchange ideas”. Rough&Polished asked Kathryn Kimmel, GIA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer to tell more about this educational initiative and here is what she said.

17.08.2015
Pangolin optimistic of finding diamonds in Botswana
leon_daniels_x.jpgPangolin Diamonds, which prides itself as one of the few exploration companies doing “real” diamond exploration, is optimistic of finding diamonds in Botswana, the world’s leading diamond producing country by value. Company president and chief executive Dr. Leon Daniels told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa that current results in the Malatswae Project suggest they are close to discovery. He said the unusual number of diamonds Pangolin had found in a small area of the Malatswae Project strongly indicate that any discovery in the area would be diamondiferous. Daniels said his company should be a producer, not an explorer within the next five years. He also spoke about the company’s other projects in Botswana.

10.08.2015
Our business is built on trust and confidence and so it is critical that we remain optimistic - Ernest Blom
ernie_blom_x.jpgA third generation diamantaire, Ernie Blom is now President of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) for the third term. He has served on a range of industry bodies as an executive and chairman for many years, including Chairman, Diamond Dealers Club of South Africa; Chairman, Rough Diamond Dealers Association; Chairman, Master Diamond Cutters Association; Chairman, Jewellery Council of South Africa, South African Diamond Board; and is a Special Diplomatic Advisor to the Belgium government on trade with Africa. In an interview with Rough&Polished, Ernie Blom speaks about the various concerns of the global diamond industry at present.





Petra to produce 1.5m ct per year at newly-acquired Finsch Diamond mine

10.02.2011

Petra Diamonds, which recently acquired Finsch Diamond mine from De Beers, said it will produce 1.5 million carats annually.
Company chief executive Johan Dippenaar told the ongoing Mining Indaba in Cape Town that this was lower than the 2 million carats De Beers produced annually over the last five years.
He, however, said Petra would build production back towards 2 million carats over time, reaching 1.9m carats by 2019.
"It’s not a well known fact but Finsch has produced a number of large, special diamonds over its history and the recovery of significant large, high- value stones can substantially increase the total value of production in any one year,” he told delegates.
Dippenaar said on average, 27 diamonds larger than 50 carats had been recovered annually over the past four years at Finsch.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished, from Cape Town, South Africa

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