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On Optimism, Idiocy and Generic Diamond Promotion

Alex Popov is the Chairman of the World Diamond Mark Foundation (WDMF), which was established over two years ago in Hong Kong. WDMF has rolled out several generic marketing programs for jewelry retailers worldwide and three exclusive marketing programs...

18 july 2016

Eden Rachminov speaks about how to price and how to buy fancy color diamonds

Eden Rachminov, who is the founder and managing partner of Rachminov Diamonds, is considered as one of the world’s leading experts in fancy color diamonds, as well as the most ardent supporter of these gems. Rachminov published ‘The Fancy Color Diamond...

11 july 2016

Tanzanian women break new ground with gemstones value-addition

Having found small-scale mining demanding due to its highly physical nature and use of rudimentary tools, a group of women in Tanzania decided to join hands and start an association that add value to the country’s abundant gemstones. It’s just over a...

04 july 2016

You can’t fake that ‘magic’ of the real thing…

Armed with a degree in ‘Jewellery Designing’ from Central Saint Martins and a Diploma in Diamond Grading from the Gemological Institute of America, young Rachel Boston is a London-based jeweller and designer with a mind of her own and adequate talent...

27 june 2016

Lucara eyes future expansion as it boasts of strong cash position

With a net cash position of $144.3 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016, Lucara Diamond, which operates the Karowe Mine in Botswana, says it intends to invest the cash and increase the size of the company either through a merger, acquisitions...

20 june 2016

Lesotho’s proposed ownership law to affect diamond firms

02 august 2012

Lesotho is set to introduce a new law that will limit foreign mining firms’ ownership in local mines to 49 percent, while the remaining 51 percent will be reserved for natives (government included).
Diamond companies to be affected by this proposed law included Gem Diamonds, which owns 70 percent of the Letseng mine, and Namakwa Diamonds, which owns the majority of the Kao mine.
Gem’s flagship Letseng diamond mine had produced 57,116 carats during the first six months of the year ended June 2012.
It said the mine also achieved an average value of $2‚133 per carat during the first half of the year compared with $3‚052 realised a year earlier.
Namakwa on the other hand realised revenues of about $4.2 million from its third sale of Kao rough diamonds in Antwerp, with achieved prices 3.4 percent higher than initial management estimates.
However, with all the positive news coming from the diamond miners in Lesotho, the country’s new Prime Minister Tom Thabane said the gems were not being mined successfully in a manner that benefits the country, hence the move to review the ownership structure.
"We also have lots of diamonds, but are not doing so well," he said.
Thabane said that the proposed law would not affect the non-mining sector as was the case in Zimbabwe under its controversial indigenisation law.
“The localisation issues mentioned are in the mining sector — other sectors are not affected,” he was quoted by Businessday as saying.
"But it is still a debate. At the moment we do not think we will follow the status quo.”

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

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