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22.09.2014
The future of Zim diamond mining hinges on political developments
farai_maguwu_preview.jpgOne of Zimbabwe’s most vocal critics of the state of diamond mining in Marange, Farai Maguwu, who is also the executive director of the Centre for Natural Resource Governance, said that while he is not armed with a “crystal ball” to foretell the future of diamond mining in Marange, he is of the view that this hinges on political developments in the country. He told Rough &Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that it was a fact that alluvial diamond deposits had depleted on claims given to the current miners digging for stones in partnership with the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), but there were some claims yet to be touched.

15.09.2014
More people are now opting for diamonds rather than plain gold jewellery, because they offer a greater investment opportunity and are trendier
rajiv_popley_preview.jpgRajiv Popley, Director of Popley Group, is well-known in the jewellery and watch sector in Mumbai. In the year 2006, Rajiv launched the first Indian boutiques for Tag Heuer and Omega. His passion for watches and luxury led him to build trade relations with Switzerland by fostering the Indo-Swiss society. Rajiv was also one of the first few to launch platinum jewellery India in association with Platinum Guild International. He has been promoting this rare metal for over a decade. In an interview with Rough&Polished, Rajiv sees the Indian jewellery market becoming more demand-driven with the younger generation playing a major part in the future.

08.09.2014
De Beers opens door for non-sightholder diamond businesses
lynette_gould_substitute_preview.jpgDe Beers said the proposed amendments to the group’s allocations model will involve a new method for determining Global Sightholder Sales’ rough diamond customer-base, with a simplified, compliance and demand-based customer qualification process being introduced. The group’s head of media relations Lynette Gould told Rough&Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that non-Sightholder diamond businesses that meet the compliance requirements, but have not demonstrated sufficient demand for primary source De Beers rough diamonds over a reference period, would be eligible to purchase the so-called Ex plan rough diamonds.





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

15.03.2012

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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