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31.08.2015
De Beers cautiously optimistic for outlook in major consumer markets
excl_31082015_x.jpgDiamond giant De Beers, which has so far this year adjusted its sales terms for sightholders due to weak diamond market, has said that it is cautiously optimistic for the outlook in the major consumer markets for the all-important end of year selling season. De Beers Group head of media relations Lynette Gould told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa from her base in London that demand conditions in the near term would be dependent upon consumer demand, retail stocking appetite and the rate of midstream inventory depletion. She also commented on the group’s move to provide increased deferral flexibility in sightholder sales as well as its new licences that were granted in Botswana and South Africa.

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.





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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