‘I would like to hold on to something commercial’ – John Teeling
Botswana Diamonds established a joint venture company with the Russian diamond giant, Alrosa, which is currently exploring for diamonds in Orapa, Botswana. The AIM and Botswana Stock Exchange-listed company provides its database to Alrosa which in turn applies their technology to identify prospective ground. The Russian diamond company was on the other hand providing its geologists, mineralogists and mobile labs for field work. This year, the joint venture was focusing on three blocks in the Orapa area and earlier work had identified kimberlitic indicator mineral concentrations. Company executive chairperson John Teeling told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa on the sidelines of the Botswana Resource Sector Conference in Gaborone recently that there are indications that kimberlites might be on blocks 206 and 207.
Over the long term, we can expect to see a supply shortfall and rising prices - Ali Pastorini
Ali Pastorini, Director of Marketing of the World Jewelry Hub (WJH), in an interview to Rough & Polished talked about the goals set before the WJH, described the main trends and challenges currently facing the world jewelry and diamond markets and delineated the role of China and India.
Legal framework should predominantly be aimed at creating equal conditions for doing business
Flun Gumerov is the President of Almaz-Holding, a jewelry company based and operating in Russia (it has been working in the Russian market since 1993 and is one of the leading firms in the country). He is also a member of the Kostroma Regional Duma (Parliament) and a member of Business Russia, which is an all-Russia social action organization. Being one of the participants of the Expert Council within the State Duma Committee on Natural Resources, Environmental Management and Ecology he combines this work with his activity as a member of the General Council of the Russian Jewelers Guild. Flun Gumerov was awarded the Honor Badge “150th Anniversary of Mikhail Perkhin” by the Commemorative Foundation of Karl Faberge for his outstanding contribution to the development of Russian jewelry art.