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24.02.2015
Namibia-De Beers talks scheduled to end in June
isak_katali_x.jpgDe Beers and the Namibian government have been negotiating over a new diamond-sales agreement for quite some time now. The envisaged new deal would replace a 2007 agreement that allowed De Beers to sell the stones through the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC), a joint venture between Windhoek and De Beers. Namibia’s mines and energy minister Isak Katali told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa on the sidelines of a mining conference in Cape Town recently that the negotiations are now envisaged to end in June this year, if not earlier.

16.02.2015
The gemmological education is very important for the industry to build a sound and strong edifice
bakul_mehta_x.jpgThe Gemmological Institute of India (GII) plays an important role in the local diamond industry, offering a broad range of services, which include diamond grading and certification, detection of diamond treatments and identification of synthetic diamonds, as well as research and gemological education courses highly popular and widely recognized in the trade in India and abroad having trained more than 5,000 students. The GII runs the only gem and diamond-testing laboratory in Mumbai fully equipped with state-of-the-art instruments. Bakul Mehta, Chairman of the GII, answers the questions from Rough&Polished in the exclusive interview below.

09.02.2015
Let us go back to the magic – Stéphane Fischler
stephane_fischler_x.jpgOn February 1 to 3, Antwerp hosted the sixth Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair (ADTF) welcoming hundreds of buyers not only from the world’s established jewelry markets, but this time also from the markets, which until recently remained largely unexplored. In his address during the opening ceremony, AWDC President Stéphane Fischler said the ADTF was an important link in Antwerp's annual promotional and marketing campaigns. On the 2 of February, having arrived to Moscow to bid last farewell to Fyodor Andreev, ex-President of ALROSA, Stéphane Fischler gave an interview to Rough & Polished, in which, speaking about the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair, raised a number of other issues of current concern to the global diamond industry.





Arkhangelskgeoldobycha will start development of Grib diamond pipe in 2013

14.04.2011

Subsidiary of oil company LUKOIL OJSC Arkhangelskgeoldobycha (AGD) plans to recover 58 million carats of diamonds during the first 16 years of development of Grib pipe diamond deposit, Finmarket agency reported citing a statement released by press office of the Government of the Arkhangelsk Region. Within the above period Arkhangelskgeoldobycha will conduct open-pit mining activities which are expected to start at the end of 2013. Total diamond reserves of Grib diamond pipe are estimated at 98.5 million carats.
Grib diamond pipe is located at the south edge of Verkhotina field, which saw geologic exploration works conducted till the end of 2009, in compliance with the license. Exploration was effected in partnership with French Foraco which signed a contract for drilling of large-size wells for adjustment of quality and quantity of diamond reserves.
It was previously expected that AGD will recover first commercial gems at Grib pipe in 2015.
Mining and processing complex to be constructed at diamond pipe will have capacity to process 4.5 million tonnes of ore per year. The life span of the pipe amounts to 25 – 35 years and depends on the method of development.
Vice President of LUKOIL Leonid Fedun announced that previously mineable diamond reserves of the deposit were estimated at $6.5 billion while later the valuation was adjusted to $11 billion.

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