Peter Macken: Undisclosed synthetic diamonds do remain a challenge for traders and consumers alike
peter_macken_x.jpgThe HRD Antwerp diamond lab is the largest diamond lab in the world issuing diamond certificates, grading and jewellery reports fully compliant with the rules for grading polished diamonds set by the International Diamond Council (IDC). Its primary shareholder is the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), which represents the Belgian diamond industry since 1973. Having over 30 years of grading experience under its belt in Antwerp, the world’s oldest diamond hub, the lab is making continuous contribution to diamond market transparence and fair trade based on the rules established by the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA). Peter Macken, HRD Antwerp’s CEO, describes the company’s business to Rough&Polished.

India’s First Online Gems and Jewellery Industry Portal Catering to B2B Segment
puja_bansal_x.jpgBelonging to a jewellery family and being a certified diamond grader as well, Puja Bansal has been actively involved in manufacturing, retailing, and designing; and has showcased her expertise in several events and fashion shows in India and international fashion arena. Launching herself in the year 1998 as a brand under Khandelwal Jewellers Ltd (KJL), Delhi, Puja’s keen interest in jewellery and her passion for designing led her to conceptualize MYHEERA.COM, a unique online platform, presenting itself as a virtual world of a globally connected business to business stage for the gems and jewelry industry. In this interview with Rough & Polished, Puja talks about her ‘one-of-a-kind’ online B2B portal dedicated to the gem and jewellery industry, serving all the options in a single platform.

The downturn should stop by the middle of next year - Maxim Shkadov
maxim_shkadov_x2.jpgThe Production Corporation of Kristall operating in Smolensk is the major diamond cutting enterprise in Russia established in 1963. It was here that a diamond cutting technique now known worldwide under the brand of Russian Cut was born, when this country introduced a processing standard for cutting and polishing diamonds in 1977 with extremely stringent requirements. The aim of the Russian Cut is the icy mathematical ideal setting fire and brilliance free in a diamond. This kind of experience accumulated over half a century makes Smolensk’s Kristall feel confident in the top segment of the global diamond market in spite of the difficulties currently experienced by the industry. In his interview to Rough&Polished Maxim Shkadov, CEO of Kristall tells about his company’s performance and comments on the situation in the diamond market.

Drilling at Botswana’s Kimberlite KX36 shows strong micro diamond results - Petra


Petra Diamonds said exploration work at kimberlite KX36, which is situated in its Kukama East project area, in central Botswana has shown strong micro diamond results.
It said in a statement emailed to Rough & Polished that 250 diamonds, collectively weighing 0.756 carats, had been recovered from 403.88kg of kimberlite.
The largest diamond was a white, transparent dodecahedron, weighing 0.393 carats, it said.
"These initial drilling and microdiamond analysis results indicate that kimberlite KX36 has significant potential, in terms of its possible size, diamond grade and potential coarse diamond size frequency distribution,” said Petra chief executive Johan Dippenaar.
“The next step is a large diameter bulk sampling drilling programme, commencing in April 2012, in order to obtain further information with regards to grade and an indication of diamond value."
Company technical director Jim Davidson also said that the strong micro diamond results and the favourable coarser diamond size indications for kimberlite KX36 were most encouraging out of the five new kimberlites they had found in Botswana so far.
KX36 was approximately 60km from the nearest known kimberlite, meaning there was the potential for KX36 to be part of a new kimberlite field, he said.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished, from Zimbabwe



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