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De Beers speaks on demand for diamond jewellery, impact of India’s demonetisation policy on gems trade and synthetics’ threat or lack thereof

Global diamond giant, De Beers said that last year’s demand for diamond jewellery, across the key consumer markets, was broadly stable on 2015. Group head of media relations Lynette Gould told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa that the United States...

16 january 2017

We create jewelry that will remain after us

Jewelry holding Ringo, founded in 1993 in Ekaterinburg is one of the leaders in the Russian jewelry market, having an extensive customer base, a modern integrated manufacturing facility comprising all the cycles of jewelry making, from generating creative...

09 january 2017

Diamonds clad in tailor-made software

"Many passionate people believe in the future of the diamond sector but very few companies have the perception to invest in technology... have difficulty thinking or planning for long term,” feels Stephane Dujourdy, owner of an e-business company and...

04 january 2017

ALROSA is exploring Botswana for diamond deposits

Having 60 years of industrial diamond mining experience under its belt, ALROSA has long been successfully operating in several African countries, which are applying its expertise to a full extent. In 2012, the company formulated its Strategy for Developing...

26 december 2016

We are operating now in a more challenging geopolitical landscape

The world’s largest diamond hub in the City of Antwerp, tracing its origin as far back as the middle of the 15th century, came to its prominence soon after the Eureka Diamond, the first stone of this kind discovered in South Africa, caused a massive...

15 december 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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