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21.04.2014
Investment diamonds will open a new distribution and sales channel that the diamond industry dearly needs to evolve - Alain Vandenborre, SDiX
The issue of investment diamonds has become particularly clamorous during recent years. While experts continue to debate whether it is possible to turn diamonds into a popular investment tool, Singapore launched the first Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange (SDiX), which is doing quite a brisk business. Its Executive Chairman and founder Alain Vandenborre gave this interview to Rough&Polished where he shared his vision of diamonds as an investor, described the work of the Exchange and told about the existing obstacles for and potential prospects of investment diamonds.

14.04.2014
In India demand for diamond jewellery is growing - Sulish Verma
Vikas Chain & Jewellery (P) Ltd of Delhi is one of the leading manufacturers and wholesalers of gold chains, gems and diamond jewellery in India. The company’s collections comprise superbly crafted jewellery embellished with diamonds and precious stones of the finest quality. In an interview with Rough&Polished, Sulish Verma, the company’s managing director, touches upon the present conditions prevailing in India, its effects on the jewellery sector’s growth and cautions  jewellers to focus on design and quality to survive in the competitive business scenario, as well as to gain the confidence of today’s discerning customers.

07.04.2014
Botswana, SA highly prospective says De Beers
De Beers, a leading global diamond miner in terms of value, said Botswana and South Africa are both highly prospective and geologically form part of the same cratonic region in Southern Africa. The group’s head of media relations Lynette Gould told Rough&Polished’s African Bureau Editor-In-Chief Mathew Nyaungwa that although they had been continuously prospecting for kimberlites in Botswana since 1955, the diamond producer historically had less access to prospective ground in South Africa due to the mineral legislation pre-1994, but with the introduction of the new legislation in 2004, new areas had opened up. Meanwhile, the group said it was currently having discussions with the Angolan government and state-diamond company Endiama for new concessions.





Lesotho’s proposed ownership law to affect diamond firms

02.08.2012

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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